Running Time: 1 Hour 42 Minutes
Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Liam Neeson
“The Hangover Part II” is director Todd Phillips’ follow-up to 2009’s smash hit ‘The Hangover,’ which became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all-time and also won the Golden Globe for Best Film – Comedy or Musical. Reprising their roles from “The Hangover,” Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Justin Bartha star in the film. Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor, and Mike Tyson also return to the cast, and are joined by Oscar® nominee Paul Giamatti. In “The Hangover Part II,” Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined” (20th Century Fox).
Verdict: They woke up hungover not remembering anything again. Doug is not very involved in the process again. They have to look for a missing friend that’s involved with a wedding again. There’s an animal from the unknown again. The film ended the same way again. It’s practically identical to the original only that it’s in Thailand instead of their native soil this time. Yes, the plot may not be fresh but in overall, it’s still hilarious and worth the while. However unlike the original, it lacks of element of surprise and emotional engagement. Most top critics would just label this movie as a lazy production.
Malaysian censorship: The film was actually released in the United States earlier in May, which meant that our local editors took 3 months to cut off the obscenities. I lost count on how scenes or still pictures were skipped.
Favourite quote: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) “Propecia looking good” (Chow). (SPOILER ENDS HERE)
If I’ve lost a finger, (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) I wouldn’t be as calm. Let alone a 16 year-old. It kept me wondering how it happened and it was revealed it in the most predictable way. (SPOILER ENDS HERE)
Ken Jeong: reprised his controversial role as Chow. I guess he could only be hired to play this kind of disgraceful and stereotyped Asian characters.
Sequel?! Yes, another one might be on the way according to director Todd Philips. It is to put an end to the story for good without using the same ass concept.
Rating: 3 / 5
Second opinion: “I only found out about the first one from the title of this one. It’s funny.” (Iris Loong).
The preview screening of the film was courtesy of Nuffnang.