By: Henry J. Fromage (Four Beers) –
People have been slamming The Hangover, Part II for being a carbon copy of the first Hangover. The setup’s the same, the trashed hotel room’s the same, even some of the shots are the same. Bradley Cooper even says “it’s happened again.” Oh, wait… perhaps that’s what they were going for?
Admittedly, the plot IS pretty much a carbon copy. It’s Stu’s turn to get married, it’s happening in Thailand, and it’s his fiancée’s younger brother who’s missing. There’s a monkey instead of a baby, and… that’s pretty much all you need to know.
The formula works… after all it is the Hangover series. Right from the aerial shot-driven intro you know that we’re dealing with a bigger budget, and Todd Phillips does well by it. Also, the stakes are higher this time, closer to “life and death” than “ruined wedding.” It’s definitely a different dynamic, but I like it. Also, there’s a fuckin’ drug-dealing chain-smoking monkey.
How much do you need people?
This beer’s for including ladymen but still passing on casting Mel Gibson. Nick Cassavetes’ cameo as a seedy, kinda off, tattoo artist was okay, but Gibson would have hit it out of the park.
He probably wouldn’t have even needed a script
Even since Walk Hard, dicks have become almost a necessary ingredient to raunchy comedies. I have to hand it to Phillips for adding a couple of twists to the concept, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t throw another beer back and shudder whenever one swings into frame.
Not what I’m referring to
The most glaring of flaw of the film is the serious schizophrenia it displays, committing to the darkest of dark humor and an increasingly serious plotline and then segueing into a happy, nice and tidy, all is well ending without earning it or even seeming to notice the shift.
I’m sorry, if you bring me back my mangled child, I’m more likely to shove the nearest sharp object in your ocular cavity than lightly smile at your newfound “self-confidence” or other such new-agey bullshit and accept you as my son in law.
So, the ending is awful, but you really just came to laugh, right? You won’t come out quoting as many one-liners as the first, but you will do that. You might as well like it, because looking at the box office totals Phillips and the gang will get another chance. R-rated comedies just don’t make this much money, period.
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a drink: every time Stu freaks out
Take a drink: every time Allen stares at something
Drink a shot: every time the monkey shows his oral fetish