What can these boys possibly do that they hadn't already done in Vegas? Well The Hangover Part 2 proves there is a whole lot more shenanigans to get up to. Shaved heads, a smoking monkey, drug busts, missing fingers, the list goes on and on.
The format is the same, the plot is the same, the major problems are even the same -- but the laughs are brand new. Director Todd Phillips finds a way to create the same magic he did in the first film and bring it all the way around the world to Bangkok.
Although most of the shock value created in the first film can't be re-done for an audience who already knows what to expect -- Phillips still brings more eye-opening, mouth-hanging surprises to shock even the biggest Hangover fans.
This time, it's Stu getting married. After ditching his awful girlfriend from the first film, Stu has found the love of his life in Lauren and is getting ready to marry her in Bangkok with her entire family.
Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis), and Doug (Justin Bartha) all travel to Bangkok for the wedding, but Stu has learned from his past experiences and insists there is no partying before the wedding. Phil tempts them into having ONE beer after the rehearsal dinner to celebrate. So they have ONE beer....
And wake up with very little knowledge and only a few clues from what happened the night before. Stu has a Mike Tyson-esque tattoo on his face, there is a finger floating in water, they are in a disgusting Bangkok hotel room, Alan's hair is gone... and Lauren's brother Teddy is missing.
Sound familiar? Well it is. The entire plot is strategically exactly the same from start to finish - so if you haven't seen the first Hangover or you're a little foggy on the details, it might be worth another watch so you can catch all the little intricacies cleverly placed in this sequel.
Some people may complain it's unoriginal and too formatted, but that's what makes this sequel so good. You know what to expect...but then you really don't. The basics are the same, but the genius is in the details. The inappropriate jokes and events are taken to a whole other level and you are left asking yourself, 'did that actually just happen?'
Since we know what to expect from the three "best friends that anybody could have," the chemistry between them is so much funnier and their jokes take on a whole different meaning. You feel like you're part of their little circle as an audience and it works really well.
Again, Galifianakis is the breakout star - he plays Alan even better this time around. Even when all three are going through a really rough time the morning after their unknown adventures, Alan seems to get it even worse. He loses his best monkey friend, his hat, and his ice cream cone -- the other two just can't compete. You never know what he's going to say next and everything that comes out of his mouth is just pure genius.
Surprisingly (yet not so surprisingly for a guy-party flick), when all is said and done, the guys wives (minus Alan) are totally cool with their husbands coming back days later looking like they've been through hell and back. Guys, don't think this will ever happen to you... EVER.
If you're looking for a new film with brand new characters, details, and partying -- you're not going to find it with The Hangover Part 2. What you will find is a ton of WTF moments, brutal jokes, and an overall hilarious time in Bangkok.