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Hangover Part II, The
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by Adrian Starland

"“Bigger” is not necessarily “Better”"
2 stars

“'The Hangover: Part II'” shatters box office records for having the largest opening ever for a comedy feature, and the largest opening week for any “R” rated movie to date.” – Yeah, that's what they say. But....

It was just this very sort of high-praise hype (grossly paraphrasing the news headlines I'd read en route to checking my personal email accounts) which piqued my curiosity about this movie. This lavishing praise of the film was instrumental in commanding my attention mainly due to the simple fact that I'd heard of neither this movie nor its preceding installment.

So based on all this hot enthusiasm from the movie-going audiences which helped elevate this feature to such record-breaking heights, I'd felt that it should be considered something worth looking into with an open & objective mind. In so doing, it would seem that I've discovered some fresh new information about myself.

Now for the sake of full disclosure, it is only fair to admit off-hand that I'm not exactly a huge fan of the “comedy” genre, but whenever there is a comedy movie that is on my menu, there is an expectation of “consistency” within itself. In other words, in whatever way the movie is being sold/promoted & played out -- whether as “black comedy,” or “parody/caricature,” or “irreverent humor,” or “slapstick” -- it needs to focus fully on that aspect of itself and deliver the goods... and when it doesn't, it feels inescapably disjointed and confusing, and thus loses its “edge” (e.g., “Mars Attacks”).

Either “The Hangover: Part II” has failed to learn & apply this principle... or I've simply become extremely detached and morose after all these decades on earth.

Not being familiar with the preceding film, the “concept” as well as a few detailed points were not too difficult to piece together: Buddies have a “party”; Buddies get completely “wasted” only to reawaken from their binge to find themselves in odd situations with a kick-ass hammering of amnesia relating to anything they had done or anyplace where they had gone during their extended blackout period; Buddies try to retrace the events of their lost hours; Buddies discover that during their blackout period they had engaged in the most rowdy of behavior and had spread chaos all across town, including learning that one or more of them had gotten themselves “stuck” (pun intended) in some very unflattering “compromising positions”; Buddies run all over town searching for their missing “MacGuffin” while simultaneously trying to avoid becoming the targets of mysterious “baddies” who keep trying to harm and/or misguide them in some way, shape or fashion; Buddies eventually resolve the mysteries & riddles; Buddies celebrate their obligatory “happy ending” as all becomes perfectly clear in the end. Lights! Curtain!

But wait! Haven't we already seen this movie before? Ashton Kutcher... Seann William Scott... ”Dude! Where's My Car?”

All throughout this movie I could not help but be constantly reminded that this was all just a harder, raunchier interpretation of “D!WMC?” – one that failed miserably to work.

Now again, perhaps I've become seriously jaded and/or more “sophisticated” over the years regarding my approach to “comedy” movies, but “H2” left me feeling blasé throughout the ENTIRE performance, no exception! The only scene which only managed to pull out a very brief and largely half-hearted light chuckle out of my throat was during the end of Allen's prepared speech at the table gathering: every other moment throughout the performance was bland, which I'd viewed with disinterested observation, as though Mr. Spock had hijacked my emotional responses and suppressed them just for this movie. By the 24-minute mark I'd turned my attention to trimming my fingernails... and this was the part of the film where things were clearly starting to [quote] “get interesting” [unquote], though still to no avail.

All of the clichés were played out throughout this film -- many of which could be seen coming from 10 km. away! There wasn't even the slightest spark of originality to be had, and even less genuine humor: everything seemed too stiff and too contrived. Perhaps even the actors themselves sensed that they were not working with a quality script, because they genuinely did not seem as if they were trying to sell their characters in any real sense. Paul Giamatti, in his couple of very brief appearances, was the only highlight performance of the entire piece, but even that was not enough to give it the sort of even minimal gravitas I've come to expect (deservedly or otherwise) from the genre.

Now in the interest of “fairness” yet again, I'm not saying “The Hangover: Part II” is necessarily a bad movie; it's just trying too hard to be what it's not: “funny,” “clever,” “irreverent,” “provocative,” and “Dude! Where's My Car?” for “grown-up” audiences. If that's okay with you, then you have my blessing, my child... but we've been down this road before, only it's now riddled with potholes. It was my fear after going into this one that it may have been necessary to track down the first installment in order to get the complete story... now that's no longer a concern.

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originally posted: 06/02/11 02:28:00
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2/26/21 morris campbell one of the worst sequels EVER 1 stars
8/14/12 damalc wow, that was unfunny 2 stars
5/19/12 Joe smaltz Turned it off. Couldn't stand any more. 1 stars
1/27/12 Kathryn Martinez Lacks the comedic value of the first film 3 stars
1/20/12 mr.mike Fair sequel moves along but has only 1 "lol" scene. 3 stars
12/05/11 Monday Morning Hey Eric Childress...don't sugar-coat it next time. 3 stars
6/05/11 the truth not even a turd, just diarrhea with a few nuggets of dick jokes 2 stars
6/03/11 Collin This was hilarious i dont know why everyone says its not 5 stars
5/30/11 linlin Not funny and not even interesting. 1 stars
5/29/11 Dan Fell far short of original. Had a weird, dark vibe- not as lighthearted or fun as original 2 stars
5/29/11 Hot Coach Marty Probably the worst movie I've ever seen 1 stars
5/27/11 Shaun A Exactly. It's more of the same, and not presented in a funny or surprising way. 1 stars
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