Much like a wild night of partying that you enjoyed a whole lot but probably shouldn’t attempt to repeat, The Hangover Part II was possibly ill-conceived from the start.
I loved the first one, for its audacity and gleeful debauchery, but also the cleverness of its Agatha Christie-goes-to-a-bachelor-party-in-Vegas-style plot.
This latest installment—which finds the boys in Bangkok—follows the original’s structure to a tee. I get that choice—in some ways, fans would feel cheated if they didn’t get to see a glassy eyed Phil (Bradley Cooper) moaning into the phone: “It happened again.”
But the film can hardly be bothered to even slightly deviate from the original formula.
So instead of a missing groom, they have lost the precocious 16-year-old brother of Stu's (Ed Helms) fiancée.
Instead of a pulled tooth, there’s a chopped off finger, and an ill-advised Mike Tyson tattoo. (Ill-advised for both the character and the film—the...