Excerpt: Being a screenwriter on “The Hangover 2″ must have been about the easiest job in the world. Why, you ask? Well let me tell you. See, as we learned in “Scream”, sequels are supposed to be bigger and better with even more outrageous antics than the first one (presumably that made the original a success…or at least worthy of a sequel). In “The Hangover 2″ it’s not so much a sequel, but the exact same movie . Yes, I felt strongly about that, hence my use of the bold text.
Excerpt: "Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifi anakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. What could go wrong? Director Todd Phillips' explosively funny follow-up to his award-winning smash hit demonstrates that though what happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, what happens in Bangkok can hardly be imagined!
Excerpt: After getting drunk, drugged, stealing a tiger, a police car and a small Asian man – and misplacing their best friend in the process – you would think Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) would have learned their lesson about having 'one last night out with the guys.' But apparently not, because when it's Stu's turn at the altar, the members of the 'Wolfpack' find themselves living Santayana's famous aphorism as literally possible.
Excerpt: The Film The first Hangover movie was apparently so nice, they decided to do it twice. However, instead of Doug's (Justin Bartha) pending nuptials, it's Stu (Ed Helms) getting hitched in The Hangover Part II . Sadly, there was no happy ending for Stu and Jade (Heather Graham) from the first movie. If that had happened, we'd have no reason to take the entire gang to Thailand. It's in this true city of sin where history repeats itself.
Conclusion: If you liked The Hangover , you'll want to see Part Two , but don't expect to find a new favorite comedy. As much of a remake as it is a sequel, this less funny and far less creative follow-up constitutes a disappointment and breaks director Todd Phillips' long streak of bettering himself.
Excerpt: The Hangover was a little $35 Million under-the-radar comedy that took the box office by storm and grossed $462 Million worldwide. What does Hollywood do when it has a surprise hit on its hands? Clone it, of course. With dollar signs in their eyes, Warner execs quickly commissioned a sequel, with a memo that I can only assume read something like, "Don't change anything! Same plot. Same cast. Different location. Just make everything bigger and crazier.
Excerpt: The chances of Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Stu (Ed Helms) missing a wedding again due to a night of drug-induced partying is about as good as the parents in the Home Alone series ditching their kid a second time. Oh, right . Well, credit then for writer/director Todd Phillips for turning this sequel around in record time and at least acknowledging the idiocy of it all.
Conclusion: It kills me to see this Blu-ray release finish here with such a low cumulative score, but let’s be honest. There are many things that are not perfect here and need to be scored accordingly. I’m not saying this is a perfect movie by any means. I’m not saying this a great movie. I’m just saying that I enjoyed it because I’m in love with this comedic cast and the high stake elements throughout, but in no way, shape or form am I ever saying this one came close to...
Summary: Half a billion. Let that sink in. Half a billion . $581 million to be precise. The Hangover Part II made a killing at the worldwide box office, and nothing -- be it rapidly diminishing word of mouth, critical drubbings or embarrassing Rotten Tomatoes scores -- seemed capable of putting the Wolfpack down. That doesn't mean director Todd Phillips' highly anticipated sequel is any good.