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: 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.
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.
Conclusion: 'The Hangover Part II' is just like the original, only slightly bigger, louder, and set in Bangkok. As a fan of film one, I wasn't as taken with this chapter as I was its predecessor, but that's simply one man's opinion. The Blu-ray features a bright, saturated, detailed color palate and terrific (better than most "comedies") surround sound track. For fans of the film, this is an easy buy.
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.
Excerpt: Zach Galifianakis has the body of a troll, the woolly face of a hermit, and the spirit of a sprite. He does not, in other words, look, sound, or act anything like a conventional movie star. Galifianakis fits the Falstaffian fat-guy archetype embodied by the late John Belushi, but there’s something legitimately unhinged at his core that lends the seedy new lowbrow sequel The Hangover Part II its vague, not entirely earned air of danger and transgression.
Excerpt: Titeln på filmen avslöjar en hel del: Detta är en uppföljare till en framgångsrik film. Och så mycket mer behöver vi inte veta, för har man sett Baksmällan och gillade den, så kan man knappast låta bli att se Baksmällan Part II . Eftersom man redan kavlar upp ärmarna för Baksmällan III , så kan vi anta att filmbolaget, producenterna och alla medverkande har anledning att vara nöjda såväl gällande ekonomi som artisteri.