I hate to be the bearer of bad news but there is no way to break this gently. The Hangover 2 is a depressing, largely mirthless and in parts, a frankly ugly movie.
Sequels are by definition, not original but here director Todd Philips takes the story of the blockbuster first film and redoes it almost exactly. Only the location has changed: from Las Vegas, we?ve moved to Bangkok.
This time Stu, the dentist played by Ed Helms, is getting married to a Thai girl. His gang, or the Wolfpack, comes to Thailand with him. This includes Phil, the cynical smart-guy, played by c; Doug, played by Justin Bartha; and Alan, the seriously problematic child man played by Zach Galifianakis.
Stu is clear that he doesn?t want a bachelor party but one beer on the beach turns into a night of debauchery.
They wake up the next morning with no memory, a striking facial tattoo, one man missing?actually he leaves a finger behind?and a cigarette-smoking monkey. Of course now they need to piece it together to know what exactly happened.
The element of surprise, which made the first film such a roller-coaster ride is of course completely missing here. But I was even willing to overlook that if the film made me laugh.
There are a few good moments, created mostly by Galifianakis, who at one point, describes himself as a stay-at-home-son. But mostly The Hangover Part 2 is a series of tedious mishaps involving a silent monk, gangsters, she-males and Mr. Chow, played by Ken Jeong, the abusive criminal from the first film. The jokes are tacky, limp and just plain icky. I don?t think Bangkok will recover from this for a long time. I?m going with two stars.