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Déjà Brew: BB gets wasted with The Hangover Part II!!!

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To paraphrase Samuel L. Jackson’s bad M.F Jules Winfield, an alcoholic’s moment of clarity came to me while watching “The Hangover Part II.” I realized I have seen this movie before, when it was titled…“The Hangover.” As conventional wisdom suggests “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, the same seemingly applies when continuing a story that quite frankly was a one shot deal. In fairness, what else could they have done, especially after the first adventure of our trashed heroes was a brilliantly raunchy and crude comedy classic?

The major alterations this time around: the Wolfpack (Bradley Cooper as cocky cool guy Phil, Ed Helms as the milquetoast dentist with a wild side Stu, and Zack Galifianakis as man-child Alan) are now stuck in exotic city of Bangkok, Thailand, replacing the vibrant lights of Las Vegas. Instead of losing their friend Doug (Justin Bartha) who now helps the guys from a resort, the trice is in search of Stu’s finance’s kid brother after another insane night of drunken stupor.

Other tweaks have a cocaine dealing monkey taking over for the baby, the piano traded for a acoustic guitar in Stu’s now signature recap song, and the gorgeous Heather Graham is gone in favor of a transgender stripper. However, the awesome Ken Jeong’s Mr. Chow returns in a larger role, and the film spares no expense to make jest at Asian male genitalia (Jeong is one confident man).

Director Todd Philips, who is at his best when left to be as explicit as an R rating can allow him, brought an unapologetic freshness to the first movie. The strongest quality of Philips is that underneath the lewdness lies a good director, very similar to what John Landis brought to other naughty classics like “Animal House.” Also, the bizarre mix of the three leads was a gamble that paid off so well since Cooper, Helms, and Galifianakis had a great feel for each others comedic timing. These aspects keep this sequel from being a disaster. However, while there’s still some humor squeezed out, “The Hangover Part II” just can’t capture the spunk of the original. Still, maybe “The Hangover Part II” won’t be like the best night of debauchery you’ve ever had, but a buzz is still a buzz, right?

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The Hangover Part II

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Credits:
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Written by: Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong, Craig Mazin
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis


Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

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