Friday, May 27, 2011

The Hangover Part II

It's been two years since we were treated to the unexpected hit of the summer of 2009 with the surprisingly perfect ensemble cast of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha.  They're all back for seconds and, as you can tell from the poster, we lost a tiger and a missing tooth, and gained a monkey and a tattoo.

Like most people, I loved the first one.  But a lot of that was due to the fact that we all went in with low expectations.  My main concern for this sequel was that we now know the score, so if they try to do the exact same thing again we won't be as easily charmed.  Well, I must tell you, they did indeed try to do the exact same thing.  In fact, the entire story arc is eerily similar to the first film, albeit this one takes place in Thailand rather than Vegas.  However, amazingly enough, despite the fact they basically remade the first film, it still totally works again.  I can't believe it.  This movie is very entertaining.  Once again, the chemistry is perfect, the comedy is dead on, and there is a pervasive sense of real danger throughout.  It's really impressive.  Besides the cast, Todd Phillips, who also directed the first one as well as 'Old School', probably deserves a lot of credit for getting the tone and performances just perfect.  These are well made films.

This is easy.  If you loved the first one, definitely go see the second.  It's a no brainer.

Grade: A-


  1. I'm not reading this... till we see it! (and then I'll get on your blog and read up to see what you thought). We'll go to see this soon... a new place called the Fork and Screen at Downtown Disney is supposed to be a good spot for a raucous comedy!

  2. It is exactly the same as the first one, but still completely enjoyable. I whole-heartedly agree with your A-.