Movie Review: The Hangover Part II
I think this one will be short. I’m a little late writing about it, so you probably already know all there is to know about this movie. In a nutshell, it’s the international version of the first one. Same premise–the gang loses someone because they can’t remember the night before and has to find him–same characters, same ridiculous humor. Instead of a baby, though, there is a monkey. And instead of Ken Jeong as the bad guy–he’s kind of traded to the good guys in this one–there’s Paul Giamatti. That’s pretty cool…in theory.
A few of the recycled gags were still funny the second time around, but I would’ve really liked more originality for my money. When I think about it, I really can’t believe how incredibly identical these two movies are, and how that seems to be OK to the general public. I guess people like the familiar because The Hangover Part II made something like $32 Million in its first weekend. Of course, I thought the first Hangover movie was pretty much the characters from Old School, recast and moved to Las Vegas, so I shouldn’t be surprised.
If you liked the first Hangover film, you’ll enjoy The Hangover Part II, but probably not as much. I say if you really want to see a good comedy in the theaters, go see Bridesmaids instead. People seem to like to compare the two, but I don’t think that’s fair, and I don’t think they are anything alike.
The Hangover Part II trailer: