The Hangover Part 2 Review

The Hangover Part 2 does what most sequels should do: Take the first film and make it bigger. Sadly this bigger doesn’t always mean better, and this sequel falls short of the first by miles.

This time it is bumbling Dentist Stu (Ed Helms) who is going to get married in Thailand, and plans for a quiet wedding. Although as soon as the rest of the ‘Wolfpack’ arrives things go haywire, and they soon have to try to piece together another drunken night.

The main problem with The Hangover 2 is that it resembles the first film to such a degree it is as if someone took the original script and just tailored it to suit Bangkok. So as you can expect it is a little more extreme. Instead of losing a tooth, Stu wakes up with a facial tattoo. Last time they woke up with a tiger in the room, this time it’s a drug peddling monkey. Last time Stu married a stripper, this time, well, it’s quite alot worse…

After this it’s just a case of visiting the police, checking their pockets and repeating the same routine from the last film but with fewer laughs as the audience can always guess what’s round the corner. As a result the 102 minute running time seems to drag on far longer than it needs to.

Despite this there are a few great comic moments from both Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong. Jeong has always been subject to bit parts in the past but hopefully after his turns in The Hangover films he will be able to take centre stage, as he is without doubt one of America’s best living comic actors.

Verdict:

Disappointingly, The Hangover Part 2 is little more than a rehash of the first, with few surprises and even fewer laughs.

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