Oops! Been there, done that!
THE HANGOVER: PART II is basically a re-tread of THE HANGOVER.
It’s rude, crude, and socially unacceptable, but those “more sensitive” viewers who are always being warned off of television fare aren’t going to see it anyway. Fans of the first film will find the same kind of outrageous and inappropriate humor. In fact, they will find that it’s basically the same film with a few substitutions. Instead of a missing bridegroom, it’s the bride’s 16-year-old genius brother who’s missing. Instead of a baby, there’s a cigarette-smoking monkey. Instead of a missing tooth, there’s a facial tattoo. And instead of waking up in a trashed luxury suite in Las Vegas, the boys wake up in a seedy hotel room in Bangkok.
"The Wolf Pack" -- so-dubbed by man-child Alan (Zach Galifiankis) -- travels to a swanky resort in Thailand to celebrate the nuptials of Stu (Ed Helms) and his fiancée Lauren (Jamie Chung), the daughter of a wealthy Thai businessman. Of course, cad Phil (Bradley Cooper) tends to run the show. Doug (Justin Bartha), the missing bridegroom of the first film, is barely there and serves mainly as the guys’ contact after they embark on their latest misadventure. Stu has taken what he believes to be every precaution to prevent a re-run of Doug’s bachelor party, but somehow he and his pals wind up in a grungy hotel dive in Bangkok, totally wasted, hung over, and memory-less. Teddy (Mason Lee), the bride’s brother, is nowhere to be found, and after an appropriate moment of panic, the boys embark on their search. I keep saying “boys” because these guys rarely act like men.
Again, if you saw the first film, you know the drill.
The search involves slowly uncovering the horrendous shenanigans the group participated in while drugged. You’ll probably figure out how the drugging came to be, but just in case you don’t, I’ll leave that little bit of suspense out of my review. Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) is back, and this time, he’s on our guys’ side although he takes an unintended “break” from the action. I’ll also leave that for you to discover -- again to add a bit of suspense to the tepid plot.
There are some truly funny sequences, mainly due to the zany talents of Galifianakis and Jeong. Ed Helms has his moment when he sings a woeful re-cap of their situation as they ride downriver in a water taxi. Mike Tyson plays himself in a cameo at the end, and Nick Cassavetes does a nice turn as Tattoo Joe, the American ex-pat who provides Stu’s face art. Overall, the film actually drags in parts unlike the frenetic pace set in the first film.
If you enjoyed THE HANGOVER, you’ll most likely enjoy the raunchy humor in Part II, but as for plot, what can I say other than…
Been there, seen that.