The Hangover Part II

The Hangover Part II (Todd Phillips, 2011)

Two years after the nice surprise of the fresh and unexpected Part I, filmed with a small budget, without big stars depicting the three bestmans of a not-so-lucky groom that is lost in Las Vegas after the whole bunch got drugged and didn't remember the events of the last evening comes the follow up or the copy-paste version/location changed for Thailand of The Hangover. With the Part II, we catch up with the three heros, read here losers, that made us laugh to tears last time.

The main problem of the movie is the surprise effect of the first time isn't here anymore and the fact that the same joke isn't as funny the second time. It could be funny but still, comedy has to surprise and punch. The one trick pony can't get really far, if you know want I mean... Moreover, the public has expectations because he knows the formula and the twists must be more effective. However, even if the story isn't as fresh and funny as the first time, the jokes and the situations still have this crazy laughs and the entire theater was laughing out loud during the best moments. Although, I think many gags don't work and sometimes they just push too far for the crowd.

The other problem of this feature is how it became a parody of itself, the parts with the three main characters as delirious as they can be are caricatures of the characters of the first film. I know in a comedy subtility isn't the objective and being crazier and stupider may be the rule but sometimes it gets annoying...

As a whole the movie stands as an above average comedy and the fact that I am such a good public for comedies I can say that it's worth the look if you want to disconnect and relax.


  1. What’s missing is a huge part of what made the first film so good: the element of surprise and the actual joy of having all these crazy situations happen. This is a dark and morbid cash-in and nothing more, except with some chuckles. Good review!

  2. Thanks! Yes it was a sure investment but it's a sure laugh too! Let's hope the final chapter will be fresher...

  3. Love this movie. the first and this one!!!

    1. Thanks for commenting Marc-André! Yes it is one of the good comedies of 2011!


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