The Hangover Part 2 (2011)

The Hangover Part 2
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Strong sexual references, nudity, coarse language and drug use

Director: Todd Phillips
Actors: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Jamie Chung, Juliette Lewis, Justin Bartha, Mike Tyson

In the follow-up to the record-breaking hit comedy The Hangover, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don't always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can't even be imagined.

DVD
Status: QuickPick
Run time: 95mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Manchildren and ladyboys
by Simon Miraudo,

Upon leaving the screening of The Hangover Part II, a woman remarked, “I think you would’ve had to seen the first one to really get the jokes here.” I’d refine that further and suggest seeing the first one is getting the jokes here. Todd Phillips’ follow-up to his surprise 2009 box office sensation is a carbon copy of its predecessor, which may seem lazy, but on further reflection might be the most impressive and intricate beat-by-beat plot reconstruction ever seen in a movie sequel. But it’s probably just lazy. Everyone involved in the production is acting like a superstitious sportsman: unwilling to change a single ingredient in their process, just so they can replicate the exact sequence of events that led to their previous success. From celebrity cameos to artists on the soundtrack, th...

Upon leaving the screening of The Hangover Part II, a woman remarked, “I think you would’ve had to seen the first one to really get the jokes here.” I’d refine that further and suggest seeing the first one is getting the jokes here. Todd Phillips’ follow-up to his surprise 2009 box office sensation is a carbon copy of its predecessor, which may seem lazy, but on further reflection might be the most impressive and intricate beat-by-beat plot reconstruction ever seen in a movie sequel. But it’s probably just lazy. Everyone involved in the production is acting like a superstitious sportsman: unwilling to change a single ingredient in their process, just so they can replicate the exact sequence of events that led to their previous success. From celebrity cameos to artists on the soundtrack, the only people not returning from the first film are screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, replaced by Scot Armstrong and Craig Mazin. Still, Part II is about as funny as Part I, and Phillips knows how to make a comedy look cinematic (which is more than can be said for many other comic directors). Maybe there’s something to this superstition business after all.

Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) all return for another evening of unspeakable debauchery, followed by a memory-erasing hangover and a 48-hour dash to reconstruct the events that took place and subsequently sent their lives spiralling into disarray. Following their memorable (or should that be forgettable?) stint in Vegas, the trio reunites in Thailand for the wedding of Stu to Lauren (Jamie Chung). Although Stu – still “piecing together the fractures of his psyche” – wants only a Bachelor Brunch, he relents one evening by sharing a beachside beer with his buds, including the formerly-misplaced Doug (Justin Bartha) and Lauren’s brother Teddy (Mason Lee, a spitting image of Justin Bartha, if he were also Taiwanese). You know the drill. We next see them the following morning, where a dishevelled Phil, tattooed Stu and bald Alan wake up in a dirty Bangkok motel room filled with the unprintable remnants of their wild night out. Thankfully, Doug is safe. This time however, Teddy is missing, and they need to enter a world of drug dealers, violent monks, smoking monkeys, a naked Ken Jeong and amorous ladyboys to reclaim him before the nuptials.

I wasn’t the biggest champion of the first film, but I loved the cast (they’re just as great here) and admitted that “the laughs ... come from the never-ending stream of surprises”. That sense of revelation is gone. The jokes still come think and fast, but not one is unexpected. We are instead left with just the characters to keep us entertained – each one more despicable than the last. Phil is a jerk of the jerkiest variety; the kind that can only get away with his jerkery because he’s so pretty. Alan, meanwhile, is a sociopath. There’s no getting around it. He is a sociopath. It seemed like Stu was the last bastion of good-naturedness in this wolfpack, but even he devolves into an animalistic sexual predator with a penchant for self-mutilation after taking one teensy muscle relaxer. Late in the film, he sternly tells Phil that he has “a demon” inside of him. And he’s being deadly serious about the untapped darkness within.  OK, now we’re getting somewhere.

I applauded Phillips’ last film, Due Date, for challenging its audience by presenting them with protagonists that are ultimately terrible human beings, but are self-aware to admit as much. He tries the same trick here, making his characters as heartless and inhuman as possible, almost to see if audiences will shower them with as much adulation as they did the first time around. Galifianakis, as a comedian and an actor, has taken this particular approach his entire career. He made an appearance in the Jay Roach comedy Dinner for Schmucks, which was similarly mean-spirited, but then condescended to chide the audience for laughing at its collection of eponymous losers. The Hangover Part II revels in its wickedness, and encourages viewers to do so as well. It's kind of infectious. Just because you like it, doesn’t mean you have to feel good about it.

3/5

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Member Reviews (88)

You need to watch the first one to make this funny, but then you already know most of the jokes. No edge.
Posted Tuesday, 18 February 2014 See my other reviews
chookey
says
Not as good as the first as a sameness and bit stupid for me.
Posted Friday, 24 January 2014 See my other reviews
Ronn
says
Hopefully this is not becoming the Porkies of the 10's. Nothing trashes a good movie like a thousand formulaic sequels. Writing and story are already getting lazy and the formula is starting to show.
Posted Tuesday, 26 November 2013 See my other reviews
Steve
says
Typical Hollywood. A hit with the first one, churn out another and see who is stupid to pay for it at the cinema. Same story, slightly different cast.
Posted Friday, 3 May 2013 See my other reviews
Lynnieb
says
Not as good as the first but worth a look. Some funny bits.
Posted Thursday, 25 April 2013 See my other reviews
Bev Morris
says
Just as funny as part 1 and we usually say the 1st was the best part 2 just as good
Posted Wednesday, 17 April 2013 See my other reviews
J smyth
says
enjoyed hangover 1 .. this was just more of teh same but less well done and very course in parts which was not necessary.It was drivel
Posted Wednesday, 13 February 2013 See my other reviews
Dave S
says
An empty retread of the original with some light sprinklings of racism and homophobia.
Posted Thursday, 24 January 2013 See my other reviews
Really enjoyed this movie, I actually thought it better than the first.....lots of laughs....
Posted Tuesday, 22 January 2013 See my other reviews
Kaye
says
Just as good as the first.
Posted Wednesday, 5 December 2012 See my other reviews
ICP
says
Had its highs and lows, not as many highs as the first one. I think Allan was a bit too far on the 'cringe' side of the ledger this time. Laughs got better as the movie went on though. Definately worth watching if you liked the first.
Posted Monday, 19 November 2012 See my other reviews
Bev M
says
Very Funny Movie, heaps of laughs we both enjoyed.
Posted Thursday, 1 November 2012 See my other reviews
great movie. as good as the first. you are watching and waiting to see the next stage of their night time escapaids
Posted Tuesday, 28 August 2012 See my other reviews
delainey park
says
this film was very funny as was part one of this i really laughed quite abit
Posted Tuesday, 28 August 2012 See my other reviews
Chris M
says
Very disappointing sequel. Vulgar, crass, predictable, only occasionally funny. Seemed to be pitched to a young teenage audience and those who revel in crude shock humour. First movie was much more original and funny. Waste of time.
Posted Saturday, 21 July 2012 See my other reviews
LL
says
Cannot believe how bad this movie was compared to the first one. Rehashed jokes taken to the extreme and not super funny at all. Was not interested from the first 10minutes in.
Posted Thursday, 19 July 2012 See my other reviews
30somethinggirl
says
Exactly what I expected - outrgaeous, far fetched and ridiculously funny!
Posted Monday, 16 July 2012 See my other reviews
michelle
says
oh my gosh loved this movie an eye opener
Posted Thursday, 12 July 2012 See my other reviews
Mary Rose
says
This movie left me in stitches and found it funnier than Hangover I, even though there were similiar characteristics to the first movie.
Posted Wednesday, 11 July 2012 See my other reviews
Sonia
says
Didn't expect this to be as good as the first one so I really enjoyed it! Some very funny laugh out loud and cringe worthy moments. It's a good boy's movie that girls can enjoy.
Posted Sunday, 24 June 2012 See my other reviews
Shep
says
Not as good as the first one.
Posted Saturday, 23 June 2012 See my other reviews
RDC
says
So wrong but so right! Laugh out loud funny.
Posted Monday, 11 June 2012 See my other reviews
Johnson
says
I like Dluth's description (below) as an "uneven comedy" -- very accurate. It goes off the rails often, very rarely finding the funny groove of it's predecessor. Crass, dull-witted and stupid for most of its running time. A real shame.
Posted Sunday, 3 June 2012 See my other reviews
tMax
says
Funny and pushing boundaries
Posted Wednesday, 30 May 2012 See my other reviews
Elisabeth
says
Watched the first one and laughed. This wasn't just rude. It went beyond it. Something not right. Had I been on my own I would have turned it off after fifteen minutes. Will never watch another Hangover if they were to produce one.
Posted Tuesday, 29 May 2012 See my other reviews
Halan
says
More enjoyable than Hangover 1. You just got to love these guys!
Posted Thursday, 10 May 2012 See my other reviews
Wizzell
says
OK but not outstanding. Had its moments.
Posted Friday, 4 May 2012 See my other reviews
Sharon
says
Not as good as I wanted it to be
Posted Monday, 30 April 2012 See my other reviews
mintiegirl
says
Don't expect much more than Part 1. Same guys, same formula. Some very funny seens and some others that don't quite make it.
Posted Sunday, 22 April 2012 See my other reviews
Craig H.
says
Reasonably funny but only just. Lets hope the producers leave it at two not to dilute the integrity of the movies any further
Posted Tuesday, 17 April 2012 See my other reviews
MH
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Utter rubbish! I enjoyed the first movie but not this one.
Posted Friday, 13 April 2012 See my other reviews
dluth
says
Uneven comedy. Like a lot of these films, it has a few laugh out loud moments, filled with boring unconncected drivel. The first one was somehow better than expected, proabbyl due to the fact that you didn't know how bad their situation would get. In this one that aspect is lost and you don't really care. A 4/10 for me. Don't bother.
Posted Thursday, 12 April 2012 See my other reviews
gjmcn
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Loud Ugly American Movie Sometimes there comes along a movie that suprises...this wasnt that movie this movie had some good characters, good material but failed badly. This movie screamed Junket (in many forms) tax, holiday and cash in (kaching) and was a male form of the Sex in the City Fiasco. If you want to see Zach Galifianakis in his frustrating best see Due Date or dig back and watch Clockwise and see the genre (kinda a reverse Waiting for Godot). If you want a teens behaving badly movie where the main characters are a**holes but somehow everybody still manages to love them the Ferris Bueller and any other of the John Hughes stable or modern sexed up clones will do. It was the quirky sub characters Chinese Guy and the Israeli Bar owner or the Cheeky Monkey that added a lot of humour to the movie. And if you like the Israeli character I regretfully recommend the Adam Sandler Movie "Don't mess with Zohan". This movie hospitalised a Stuntman for a cheap laugh and dishonoured Buddhists for an even lamer one and taught a monkey to smoke it was as if they wanted to shock and confront sensibilities - nah it was just for the money.
Posted Thursday, 12 April 2012 See my other reviews
twistinoz
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Bangkok is not necessary just drugs and sex, it's what the traveller chooses to see when they go there. America for sure is a much dangerous place in comparison to most Asia countries. Shame on Hollywood to make such movie and to send this message. it is really not funny.
Posted Saturday, 7 April 2012 See my other reviews
Christos
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Not funny at all..That Allan needs a good solid punch in the head.. If my son had gone off with these self-absorbed morons and come back home missing a finger, I'd chop another appendage of THEIRS off! Tedious and typically over-the-top AMERICAN drivel! PLEEEEEEASE don't let them make another one!!
Posted Saturday, 31 March 2012 See my other reviews
Penny
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The whole family laugh so hard - great movie
Posted Thursday, 29 March 2012 See my other reviews
Goldie78
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As good as The Hangover. Yes very childish, filthy humor at times, but funny. If you liked the first one you'll like this too.
Posted Monday, 26 March 2012 See my other reviews
M Auld
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Not as good as the first one.
Posted Saturday, 24 March 2012 See my other reviews
Umi
says
A couple of giggles but way too much like the first one. Boring.
Posted Saturday, 24 March 2012 See my other reviews
Susan
says
It was as good as the first movie for different reasons.
Posted Tuesday, 20 March 2012 See my other reviews
Aaron
says
Enjoyable enough, but didn't have the 'Wow' factor of the franchise's first instalment.
Posted Monday, 19 March 2012 See my other reviews
Moody
says
Funny!
Posted Saturday, 17 March 2012 See my other reviews
Phil
says
Not as good as the first one which was delirious. This new episode with the guys is just a pale copy of the original with much less surprises and laughs. The funniest part is the pictures in the end of the movie. Also with a speedboat riding from Bkk to the South of Thailand in a few hours...total BS. Still it's not a bad movie but could have been much better. Disappointing!
Posted Friday, 16 March 2012 See my other reviews
Mirela
says
One movie for the BOYS. I did not particularly like it, as I hate BKK lifestyle Much worst than the first one
Posted Wednesday, 7 March 2012 See my other reviews
Shellyd
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I enjoyed it...... got a lot of laughs, but no where near as good as the original Hangover. I really hope they don't do a Hangover Part 3!!
Posted Tuesday, 6 March 2012 See my other reviews
Alice
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Terrible! Too much like the first, but the first is always done better.
Posted Friday, 2 March 2012 See my other reviews
Bronwyn
says
How funny was the movie, I laughed till I cried. The only problem is the funniest bits are at the end, but hey the movie is very funny. Roll on Hangover Part 3. Worth the watch.
Posted Thursday, 1 March 2012 See my other reviews
Not funny
says
Loved hangover1. Hangover 2 is same story line without the laughs.
Posted Sunday, 26 February 2012 See my other reviews
laura
says
it is what it is, but i enjoyed it
Posted Thursday, 23 February 2012 See my other reviews
wendy
says
This was hilarous, much better than the first one.
Posted Wednesday, 22 February 2012 See my other reviews
juliekym
says
Not as good as the Hangover because it is too similar. Got a few laughs though but don't expect too much.
Posted Sunday, 19 February 2012 See my other reviews
Jojo
says
Premise exactly the same as the first - can't really shift much from a "Hangover" plot - location and shenanigans different. Enjoyed it - funny and well done. Living in "Alan Town" a very funny highlight and the photos at the end with the credits (as with the first film) are worth the wait.
Posted Sunday, 19 February 2012 See my other reviews
compqueen
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Enjoyed the movie but pretty much a copy of Hangover Part 1 but they don't try and disguise this fact so still worth watching. Not sure if it could go around for Part 3 though.
Posted Wednesday, 15 February 2012 See my other reviews
Danny
says
Disappointing, basically the same plot and story flow as the original, I'm afraid the producers have milked the first one to the point where there is no surprises left.
Posted Monday, 13 February 2012 See my other reviews
Belinda
says
Funny but not as funny as the first one
Posted Monday, 13 February 2012 See my other reviews
Sandy
says
just sooo funny - didn't think they could top the first movie....but they did! Hilarious
Posted Thursday, 9 February 2012 See my other reviews
KD
says
Okay, so, it's a little like deja vu but overall this film still has that Hangover spark. Compared to the original, though, it's a little stale and certainly not as shocking.
Posted Tuesday, 7 February 2012 See my other reviews
RL
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HAHAHAHAH So funny!!! Watched this at the cinema's and had to see it again on DVD!!! Get this if you haven't seen it before...
Posted Tuesday, 31 January 2012 See my other reviews
hb
says
Same as the first, but not as funny, in other words not very good.
Posted Monday, 30 January 2012 See my other reviews
Jo
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Funny but not as good as the first
Posted Saturday, 28 January 2012 See my other reviews
jo
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not funny
Posted Saturday, 21 January 2012 See my other reviews
pb
says
excellnt ! even funnier than hangover1
Posted Friday, 20 January 2012 See my other reviews
Ronaldo
says
Not sure what everyone's complaining about. It's well-rounded, light entertainment.
Posted Monday, 16 January 2012 See my other reviews
Anita L
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I didn't really like the first one, but I watched the second one only because my friend knows I love Labrador dogs and when he bought the dvd, it came with a Labrador tshirt., and I wanted to see where the dog fit in in the movie.
Posted Sunday, 15 January 2012 See my other reviews
SB
says
Not as good as the first, but still good mindless entertainment.
Posted Saturday, 14 January 2012 See my other reviews
annette lee
says
not as funny as the first one, but still enjoyable
Posted Friday, 13 January 2012 See my other reviews
traceyg
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Not as funny as the first one. Barely watchable.
Posted Thursday, 12 January 2012 See my other reviews
M
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Was hoping this one would be as funny as the first - well disappointed was an understatement! Brace yourself for crude beastility comments about what the monkey will do to some of the characters.
Posted Tuesday, 10 January 2012 See my other reviews
Case
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3 1/2 stars, same as most of the other comments, funny liked it but not as good as the 1st
Posted Friday, 6 January 2012 See my other reviews
GW
says
Not as good as the first one, still a few funny parts and was enjoyable enough to watch.
Posted Thursday, 5 January 2012 See my other reviews
Herbs
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If i didnt have the first one to compare to then this was real good as well.... But on the whole still very funny and i loved it!
Posted Wednesday, 4 January 2012 See my other reviews
Joe Chip
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First movie crass but very funny, a real surprise. This one was embarassing rubbish, and worse, it was dumb.
Posted Monday, 2 January 2012 See my other reviews
Ang
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Not as funny as the first one , same format different location .
Posted Friday, 23 December 2011 See my other reviews
Kim
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ABSOLUTE RUBBISH! Don't waste your time. The first one was a riot, this one was tacky, crass and soooooo not funny!
Posted Thursday, 22 December 2011 See my other reviews
sue k
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Fell flat for me and far more crass than the original
Posted Tuesday, 20 December 2011 See my other reviews
d
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Not as good as the first but full of funny surprises.
Posted Tuesday, 20 December 2011 See my other reviews
M
says
Good fun movie, a little bit more of the same though, but still funny and enjoyable.
Posted Tuesday, 20 December 2011 See my other reviews
fi
says
the first one was way more funny and better but still not a bad watch, altho they better notmake hangover 3- that would be a complete dud
Posted Saturday, 17 December 2011 See my other reviews
driftcorp86
says
pretty much the same as the last one so its not as funny imo.
Posted Saturday, 17 December 2011 See my other reviews
Leisa
says
Funny, but only half as funny as the first one.
Posted Tuesday, 13 December 2011 See my other reviews
Claire
says
I give this film one star. It was dull, unamusing and, at time, a bit racist. Plus, I think they swapped the main guy? That's just not cricket. I was hoping for much, much more since the first one was so funny.
Posted Monday, 12 December 2011 See my other reviews
Terry
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Hilarious, better than the 1st one which is rare for sequels.
Posted Saturday, 10 December 2011 See my other reviews
joffa
says
worth watching, a little slow to start but finished better! very funny in places. i did find that it was 'tending to live of the back of it's predeccessor' ie hangover 1. if not for that i would have rated this installment higher
Posted Wednesday, 7 December 2011 See my other reviews
Karli
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I found myself laughing through most of the film! Although some scenes were rather silly and unnecessary...
Posted Tuesday, 6 December 2011 See my other reviews
shimsladey
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I think the review I read in the newspaper saying this movie wasn't very funny must of been written by the same person who said Bridesmaids was hilarious. They were wrong on both counts.
Posted Tuesday, 6 December 2011 See my other reviews
Falcon
says
I thought this movie was quite average when compared to the first Hangover. I really think they just shouldn't have bothered making it.
Posted Monday, 5 December 2011 See my other reviews
Lisa
says
Very funny movie, worth watching
Posted Friday, 2 December 2011 See my other reviews
melzy
says
Of course you have to compare it to the first one .. but its definitely up there ... just as many laughs ... its funny just hard to compete with the perfection of the first one!
Posted Monday, 10 October 2011 See my other reviews