Hangover Part II

Hangover Part II

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Director: Todd Phillips

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis

     
 

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A modest bachelor brunch devolves into a wild weekend in Bangkok when the gang travels to Thailand to see Stu get married. Still traumatized by memories of the Las Vegas fiasco, Stu (Ed Helms) vows to keep his pre-wedding partying to the bare minimum. But when Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (See more details below

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A modest bachelor brunch devolves into a wild weekend in Bangkok when the gang travels to Thailand to see Stu get married. Still traumatized by memories of the Las Vegas fiasco, Stu (Ed Helms) vows to keep his pre-wedding partying to the bare minimum. But when Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) show up, Stu's low-key brunch makes their previous Vegas fiasco look like a family trip to Disneyland. The Hangover Part II features cameos by Bill Clinton and Paul Giamatti.

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You can't really complain about the fact that literally any successful movie will likely spawn a sequel. If audiences (and that includes you and I) liked a set of characters once, it does seem reasonable to assume they'll like them again -- and, of course, what studio could resist cashing in on the rights to a potential franchise? But while even a movie that was originally meant to stand on its own can often support a clever, entertaining follow-up, you can usually spot the difference between a sequel that's inspired and a sequel that was thrown together for a paycheck. That sounds kind of harsh, though. A sequel can be a little disappointing yet still be funny -- even good. That's definitely the case with The Hangover Part II, a basic do-over where the jokes are just as punchy and wild as the ones in the first movie, but nothing particularly satisfying or clever happens in the story -- ever. The script revolves around the same guys: the rakish Phil (Bradley Cooper), dorky Stu (Ed Helms), and borderline mentally disabled Alan (Zach Galifianakis). Having flown to Thailand for the destination wedding of Stu to a gorgeous gal named Lauren (Jamie Chung), the friends gather for a few drinks and a few laughs on the beach. By this point, the movie has already spent 20 minutes establishing that Lauren's father hates Stu, and has obsessively high hopes for Lauren's little brother, Teddy (Mason Lee), a 16-year-old concert cellist who's starting a pre-med program at Stanford. So, obviously, we know that when the guys wake up eight hours later with no memory of the previous night's shenanigans (or how they wound up in a seedy Bangkok motel), Teddy will be the member of the ensemble who's missing, and whom they have to track down before they can return to the wedding party -- lest Stu be completely shunned by Lauren's already spiteful family. But what exactly happened last night? For those paying attention, the explanation for the boys' blackout in the first movie (SPOILER ALERT!) was that Alan roofied everybody. And while I'm not going to spoil any of the questions that pop up in Part II, the questions themselves are pretty telling. Where is the member of their posse that they lost? Can they find him before time runs out? Whose monkey is this? And how did they come into possession of a 75-year-old Tibetan monk in a wheelchair? You see what I'm getting at. These are the same questions we spent two perfectly delightful hours answering in the first Hangover (specifics about monkeys and monks excluded). Do these questions provide ample opportunity for a ton of outrageous bits, over-the-top jokes, and general insanity? Absolutely. But do the actual answers to any of these questions add up to a remotely interesting, overarching answer to the mystery of what the guys got themselves into last night? No way. The magic of the original film is in the groomsmen piecing together the puzzle, with clues that manage to shock and surprise with each bizarre twist and turn. There are no such surprises here. If something is trashed, the answer is that they got wasted and trashed it. If they have something they shouldn't, it's because they were drunk and they stole it. In the end, the biggest question of all isn't even really "Where's Teddy?" but rather "How did we manage to get ourselves into the exact same mess yet again?" They do ask this question out loud a number of times, but the movie calling itself out for being repetitive doesn't really change anything. The Hangover II is still funny, though. The laughs are never as side-splittingly enormous as they were in the first movie, yet they're still there in multitudes. Although nothing surprising ever happens in the overall story, the minute-to-minute jokes do pull out plenty of surprises (so to speak -- most of them involve penises). And while a clever and inspired script might have been too much to hope for, The Hangover II still provides a barrage of hard-R humor and a chance for Cooper, Helms, and Galifianakis (not to mention Ken Jeong, who reprises the role of Mr. Chow) to skillfully riff on the characters we liked so much the first time around.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/06/2011
UPC:
0883929140879
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
26,963

Special Features

Unauthorized Documentary - The documentary about the footage they don't want you to see from the making of The Hangover Part ll; ; The Comedy Rhythm of Todd Phillips - Take a journey through the creative process of Todd Phillips' direction as we experience his comedic vision through the eye of the cast; ; Not Your Everyday Monkey - Crystal the Monkey stole the hearts of all the cast on set, especially Bradley Cooper, who, the crew joked, had an on-set romance with the adorable primate; ; ; Bangkok Tour with Chow - Take a politically incorrect tour with the legendary "Mr. Chow" This ride is not for the faint of heart!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bradley Cooper Phil
Ed Helms Stu
Zach Galifianakis Alan
Justin Bartha Doug
Ken Jeong Mr. Chow
Jeffrey Tambor Actor,Sid Garner
Paul Giamatti Actor,Kingsley
Mike Tyson Himself
Mason Lee Teddy,Actor
Jamie Chung Lauren,Actor
Sasha Barrese Tracy
Gillian Vigman Stephanie
Aroon Seeboonruang Monk
Nirut Sirichanya Fohn
Nick Cassavetes Actor,Tattoo Joe
Yasmine C. Lee Kimmy
Schnitrnunt Busarakamwong Grand Wizard
Bryan Callen Samir
Brody Stevens Kingsley Guy
Nimit Lugsamepong Desk Officer
Michael Berry Vladi
Andrew Howard Nikolai
Danai Thiengdham Cell Block Officer
Thana Srisuke Fighting Monk
Pairot Noiply Shouting Man
Penpak Sirikul Joi
Sanita Jai-ua Hostess #1
Chanicha Shindejanichakul Hostess #2
Vithaya Pansringarm Minister
Kim Lee Dancer
Palakorn Chaiklang Wedding Band Member/Ska Ranger
Palakorn Gunjina Wedding Band Member/Ska Ranger
Pongsatorn Sawadchatchawan Wedding Band Member/Ska Ranger
Kaweewit Chaikaew Wedding Band Member/Ska Ranger
Pure Watanabe Wedding Band Member/Ska Ranger
Rattana Janprasit Wedding Band Member/Ska Ranger
Jetsada Yuktabutra Wedding Band Member/Ska Ranger
Tanner Maguire Phil - 12 years old
William A. Johnson Stu - 12 years old
Aedin Mincks Alan - 12 years old
Dylan Boyack Doug - 12 years old
William Jiang Chow - 12 years old
Lynne Kidder Woman at Restaurant
Fred North Helicopter Pilot
Crystal Drug Dealing Monkey

Technical Credits
Todd Phillips Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Scot Armstrong Screenwriter
Justine Baddeley Casting
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Chris Bender Executive Producer
Bill Brzeski Production Designer
Scott Budnick Executive Producer
Lorrie Campbell Set Decoration/Design
Kimberly Davis-Wagner Casting
Yves de Bono Special Effects Supervisor
George Drakoulias Musical Direction/Supervision
William Fay Executive Producer
Cameron Frankley Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Garner Associate Producer
Wattana Garum Makeup
Dana Goldberg Producer
Daniel Goldberg Producer
Petur Hliddal Sound Mixer
Jon Jashni Executive Producer
Jason Jennings Sound/Sound Designer
Chantika Kongsillawat Costumes/Costume Designer
Craig Mazin Screenwriter
Peter McCaffrey Camera Operator
Louise Mingenbach Costumes/Costume Designer
David Moreau Set Decoration/Design
Desma Murphy Art Director
Debra Neil-Fisher Editor
Paul Sanchez Camera Operator
Anne Porter Set Decoration/Design
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Mike Sale Editor
Lawrence Sher Cinematographer
David A. Siegel Co-producer
J.C. Spink Executive Producer
Pongsak Srivilai Art Director
Philip Toolin Art Director
Thomas Tull Executive Producer
Jeffrey Wetzel Asst. Director,Co-producer

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