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The Hangover Part II
What Happens In Bangkok Stays In Bangkok
Have you ever seen a sequel that offers more of the same things they did in the last movie, yet you find yourself enjoying it anyway? Well "The Hangover Part II" is definitely one of those sequels. Fans of the last movie already know the drill. Four guys get drunk, and have the time of their lives. When they wake up, one of them is missing, so it forces the other three to look for him. Only two problems. None of them remember anything about what happened the night before, but this time they're stuck in Bangkok, a land where they've never been before nor remember how they got there. What transpires from here, the movie takes the audience on a comedic roller coaster full of twists and turns. Some experiences eerily resembling their last misadventure, while others are fairly new with a twist. I can't really say much more without giving too much away. As part of the franchise's appeal is how even though you know things will work out in the movie, you just don't know how they get there. It's like watching an old "Scooby Doo" cartoon where you know the protagonists will find clues, and unravel the mystery to save the day. It's how they get from point "a" to point "b" is where the real fun begins.
In terms of story content, "The Hangover Part II" is essentially a rip off of everything that happened in the first film, with the notable exception of a few scenario changes here and there, with a few twists for good measure. Unlike the first "Hangover" movie that shocked audiences with it's surprisingly simplistic yet highly innovative story telling style, this one isn't going to surprise anyone this time; unless you've never even seen the first movie.
However, is it funnier than the first movie? Surprisingly, I would have to say yes. Although I honestly wasn't expecting this film to be any better, as the story is essentially a rip off of everything they did in the last movie, but it's a helluva a lot more comical.
In a lot of ways, it reminded me of the "Men In Black" series. The first one was highly original, and well played out. But, the second one was nothing more than a rip off of the first one, with a few minor scenario changes here and there. However, "Men In Black II" was definitely a helluva a lot more funnier than it's predecessor, as the film took advantage of the fact it didn't have the daunting task of introducing it's characters as they were already established.
The same thing can be said about "The Hangover Part II." Sure, the plot isn't that original, but it doesn't have the daunting task of introducing it's characters, as most audiences know who they are. And even if there's new comers to the franchise that don't, the story is set up in a way to where even new fans can still follow what's going on. It's because the characters were established in the first movie, it allows for "Hangover" to introduce even more bolder jokes that would've been way too taboo if they had been in the first movie. However, like all comedy sequels, the jokes are lot more bolder, and the setting is much grander than before.
Sure, it won't win any points for innovative story telling, but "The Hangover Part II" will definitely have you laughing your a** off if you loved the last film. In the end, I'd have to give this film a three out of four. It's not the best comedy that I've seen, but it's definitely one of the funniest out there. Although if you're easily offended by sexual innuendos, homo erotic humor, cursing, drug usage, and images of prostitution, then I'd probably avoid this at all costs. However, if you're looking for a comedy to get a few laughs, then I'd definitely recommend it.