The Hangover Part II

500 Movie Challenge: The Hangover Part 2

The Hangover Part IITime for me to give my annual Hangover defense. I swear, I probably say this once a year: I love the first Hangover movie because it was one of the best written comedies of the past five years. There was incredible chemistry between the leads, the twists and turns came out of nowhere, and it was very effective at making fun of the stupidity of the leading men. It was a great time.

I knew The Hangover Part II probably wasn’t going to be good. But I was drawn to it as fans of The Original Movie are inevitably drawn to sequels. You have to know. You have to know if it’s as terrible as the critics say it is, or if this thing is just being misunderstood. You have no know if there’s a slim possibility that it was made with you in mind, not awards and prestige.

You have to know. So you see the movie, and nine times out of ten you learn that the movie is indeed bad. But you know. You know now. And that difference in knowing is everything.

The gist: The main dudes of the Hangover, a.k.a. the Wolf Pack, are back in time for one more wedding. It’s the wedding of the most straight-laced dude of the bunch, and he doesn’t want anything crazy to happen. Smart dude. He doesn’t want to f*ck it up.

But chemicals still get loose into the dudes’ food, because they associate with awful people. But instead of the groom, they’ve now lost the bride’s square little brother. Also, he’s lost in real-deal Bangkok. Can the Ugly Americas save him?

What I “learned”: Lightning really can’t ever strike twice if you’re going for the same concept across a franchise. Evil Dead was in many ways a perfect franchise because each of its entries were starkly different. This movie doesn’t try to be different in any way, and doesn’t even mock that fact like 22 Jump Street. There’s no authenticity anymore. You’re left just wondering why these guys are even hanging out anymore.

See this movie if you like: Movies starring these particular actors. I honestly can’t think of any other reason to see this movie. These actors are clearly talented people who were handed a terrible script. If you’re fans of them, you may indulge with less guilt than the average person.

Avoid this movie if: You, like me, can’t stand the Foreign Stupidity Bias. You probably know what I’m talking about if you ever saw Sex and the City 2: It’s when characters do things that would have normally gathered in-world criticism in their own country are somehow excused from consequences when you place them abroad. The Wolf Pack were criticized by everyone around them for their actions in the first Hangover, which resulted in shame and therefore sympathy for them. In Thailand, they don’t take criticism to heart at all because Bangkok be crazy, yo. Sorta like how the Sex and the City girls can be racist and culturally inappropriate and react with shock when the people of the country they’re visiting become offended. And we wonder why the Ugly American stereotype persists…

New Films Watched: 38

Films Re-Watched: 1

Total Number of Films: 39

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