Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cool VS Stool - The Hangover Part 2

The Hangover Part 2: It's like The Hangover but with a monkey and trannies!

The Todd Philips directed, Warner Bros. squeal to 2009's The Hangover (the largest grossing 'R' rated movie, ever), is the steroid-injected brother to its predecessor. There is nothing "new" in Part 2 as far as the plot line is concerned. The wolf pack is back, but instead of losing Doug (Justin Bartha -National Treasure) the guys misplace Teddy (Mason Lee -Son of director Ang Lee), the future brother in-law of Stu (Ed Helms -NBC's The Office).

What differentiates Part 2 from The Hangover is location: Bangcock, Thailand. The city itself takes on the persona of a character in the story. All the problems the wolf pack encounters are simply scapegoated on the city. In Bangcock, anything goes. For a film whose precursor was known for its extreme crudeness, even in Las Vegas, a setting that is even more no-holds-barred was necessary for the follow-up film. This setting allows the cast to go bigger than they did in 2009.

The writers obviously followed the play-by-play story board from the first film. In fact, Part 2's strict adherence to the sequences of The Hangover build comedic tension for anyone who as seen the wolf pack's first outing. Scene to scene, the Hangover savvy audience will anticipate the ebb and flow of the film's familiar conflicts. This familiarity will have movie goers laughing at otherwise non-humors parts of the movie, as they just know Alan (Zach Galifianakis -Due Date) is about to do something funny.

The film, much like 2010's Due Date (also directed by Philips) has side splitting moments of hilarity and segments of abeyancy as the story shifts to its next gag. But unlike Due Date, Part 2 has a quiver of characters from which to draw, making the formulaic humor seem less structured.

The Hangover Part 2 is a much harder 'R' rating than the first. For those whose limits may have been pushed by the first film, the line from crude to obscene may be over stepped. If the viewer makes it past the introductory scene of Chow (Ken Jeong -NBC's Community), then he or she will be OK for the rest of the flick; and you'll get to see a whole lot more of Chow than in part 1.

See this movie if you liked The Hangover, Due Date, or Old School.

Cool Vs Stool Rating: Cool

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