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May 31, 2011 > Movie Review: Hangover Part II

Movie Review: Hangover Part II

By Jennifer Gau

It must be hard to be married to a member of the Wolfpack. Once the women take their eyes off their men, the Wolfpack manages to get into some trouble. This time, you can't help but wonder, "How is any of this possible?" No matter how careful Stu (Ed Helms) is to safeguard against a repeat of what happened in Vegas, he finds himself with more problems than he can handle right before his wedding in Thailand. It all starts when Stu's friends Doug (Justin Bartha) and Phil (Bradley Cooper) mention that Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is starting to get worried because he has not seen a wedding invitation yet. Moreover, Stu has every reason not to invite Alan because Alan was the cause of the mayhem that ensued in Vegas, but that couldn't happen again, could it?

Well, that is what sparks the second installment of "Hangover," the award winning comedy of 2009. Part II is as imaginative and crazy as the first one. Like Vegas, the nightlife is such a huge part of Bangkok. Director Todd Phillips succeeds in uncovering all the naughtiness and excitement that occurs when the sun goes down. Plus, the music throughout the movie elevates and reduces the audience's adrenaline at the right times. Whenever the scenes are with the girls related to the wedding, the mood is slow and calm. However, when the guys are by themselves and venturing deeper into the truth of the notorious night, the mood is elevated to shock and awe.

Anyone who has seen the first "Hangover" has expectations to see a lot of behavior that lands the characters on the bad side of the authorities, and spread havoc throughout Bangkok. And Bangkok is infamous for being a sin city. Through the alleys, streets, strip clubs, tattoo parlors, and hotels, these shenanigans tango on the brink of insanity. The sweat and memory loss does not help the situation either which places the general feel of the adventures on the darker side.

The biggest troublemakers, Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong, contribute unique ridiculousness into the Alan and Mr. Chow characters. They do it with such skill without stealing the show. The movie manages to pack both their outrageous personalities into one enjoyable laugh-fest.

Unlike most sequels that end up proving to be a downward spiral, Hangover Part II shines above that stereotype and is just as entertaining as the first one. Once you think that the worst has happened to Stu, Phil, and Alan, it does get worse. This type of hangover takes more than a day to recover from.

Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
Rated: R

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