The Hangover Part II

The Hangover Part II (2011)

“Well, used to be just baloney, but now they make you add number.”

I really enjoyed 2009’s The Hangover it was laugh-out-loud funny, with an interesting blend of quirky characters and it featured a really creative plot structure that was unlike anything I’d seen before.  Well, in The Hangover Part II,  all the characters are back but instead of coming up with a new creative plot structure, the filmmakers instead opted to use the same one. And It’s not just that they used the same general premise with the Wolfpack trying to put together the events of the prior excessive partying. Instead this movie hits virtually every beat, every plot point that the original did. It’s like they took the story treatment for the original Hangover and played Mad Libs with it.

The gang wakes up in (CITY) and finds that (SUPPORTING CHARACTER) is missing and a (EXOTIC ANIMAL) in their hotel room. They notice that Stu has (FACIAL DEFORMITY)….

And it pretty much goes that way all through the movie. So the movie is basically a new skin built over the exact same skeleton. That said it was a creative and unique structure the first time, and so it’s interesting to watch again. Also, as a fan of the first movie, I was interested in seeing how the events of the first movie impacted the characters lives a couple years down the road. Unsurprisingly, Ed Helms’ Stu has changed the most. Honestly, he seems to be the only one to have changed at all, and he seems to develop the most as a character in this movie as well. Make no mistake, The Hangover Part II is Stu’s movie. He gets an actual character arc, while the rest of the cast pretty much exists to interact with him. Not that there’s any real depth to Stu’s character arc either, this is after all just a stupid comedy, but Helms makes the most of what’s there.

The bottom line, then is that your enjoyment of this sequel will probably depend greatly on how much you enjoyed the original. I really enjoyed the original, so therefore I found the sequel to be worth watching, even if it was essentially like watching the original for the fourth time but now with a new desktop theme.

[The Hangover Part II – Directed by Todd Phillips – Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images]

OM|ED Rating: Worth Seeing