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posted Friday, May 27, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 21
Second Hangover impossible to recover from
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Second Hangover impossible to recover from

by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN Contributing Writer

The Hangover Part II
Opening May 27


Stu (Ed Helms) is about to get married. A day before the wedding, he awakens in a strange, dilapidated hotel room in the middle of Bangkok with a very Mike Tyson-esque tattoo on the side of his face. Phil (Bradley Cooper) is there, and so is Alan (Zach Galifianakis), sporting a freshly shaven head. There's also a naked Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) and a chain-smoking monkey dressed like a Rolling Stones roadie. With more questions than answers, the mild-mannered dentist comes to the only conclusion possible: It's happened again.

But it shouldn't have. In many ways 2009's The Hangover was lightning in a bottle, and even if the ribald shock comedy doesn't hold up particularly well on repeat viewing, it still offers up enough in the way of originality and comedic irreverence that it's easy to see why it's developed such a massive following. The movie came out at the right time and struck a chord, and people ate it up, so a sequel was almost inevitable.

But director Todd Phillips (Due Date, Old School) and his talented cast should have turned this one down and left the massive amount of money offered to them by Warner Bros. on the table. The Hangover Part II is flat-out one of the most disappointing, ill-timed, poorly constructed, and downright wrongheaded sequels I have ever had the displeasure of seeing. On top of that, it isn't funny - at all - and other then a couple of quick smiles, one giggle, and maybe a tiny guffaw (at the very, very end), I don't remember laughing.

Maybe transposing the action to Thailand sounded like a good idea on paper, but in execution it's something of a disaster. Phillips and fellow screenwriters Craig Mazin (Scary Movie 4) and Scot Armstrong (Semi-Pro) have upped the ante as far as locale is concerned, but in regard to action, all they do is recycle gross-out gags from the previous film as possible. They substitute a monkey for a tiger, a Thai ladyboy for a Vegas stripper, a finger for a tooth, a potential brother-in-law for a best friend, and do virtually the same things with all of them that they did the first time around, only now with far less success.

Worse than that, these characters are no longer any fun to be around. Alan has become even more of a childlike imbecile, making the movie's constant belittling of him kind of insulting. Phil is even more self-centered and loathsome, this time showing far less of the qualities that made him palatable during the wolfpack's initial adventure. As for Stu, as much as I like Helms, watching him make his way through this amnesia-fueled mess is about as entertaining as having the hair on your head pulled out a single follicle at a time. By the time the film was over, I borderline detested the guy.

I couldn't get over just how mean this sequel was, how callously it treated its characters, and how brazenly it assumes the audience won't mind. The shock-and-awe nature of the humor doesn't produce any laughs this time, mainly because most of it is disgusting and depraved, and not in even a slightly funny way. I'm tired of the homophobia on display, appalled by the way it belittles Thailand and its people. By the time it was over and the last surprise was revealed, all I wanted to do was get out of the theater, go home, take some aspirin, and try to get some sleep. The whole thing gave me such a massive headache that I was a little worried it might never go away.

I'm trying not give away any of the gags because even though I didn't find any of them funny, I don't want to talk about them in detail and potentially ruin someone else's fun. Additionally, as much as I abhorred this film, there are a few nice touches sprinkled throughout that made me at least partially smile (many of them having to do with the monkey, another involving a climactic scene-stealing surprise), and while that's not a lot, it is something.

In the end, though, The Hangover Part II was about as awful as anything I could have imagined. Phillips and company are treading water, going through the motions to pick up a quick paycheck before moving onto something else. There's very little here of redeeming value, and for all that was wonderful and hysterical about the original, all of it is pretty much canceled out by the rancid nature of what transpires during this pointless and unforgivably terrible sequel.

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