Me and My Nine Iron

June 6, 2011

The Hangover Part II review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 10:59 pm

It’s easy to write this off as an awful movie, which many people have told me, and I just have one thing to say.

You snobs.

When you can get past the fact that this movie is not as good as the original, which we all should’ve expected, it is as good a comedic sequel as one can really get. You’re familiar with all the lovable characters so what’s funnier than the movie opening with Phil getting his teeth cleaned by Stu, aka Dr. Faggot? They wisely focused on making Allan the source of most of the humor, which even the haters have to agree worked out. And the outrageous level was pretty high in this one too. Mr. Chow’s penis for at least a good ten seconds? C’mon.

As for repeating the exact same formula as the first and the lack of originality, Todd Phillips was adamant about copying the structure and specific moments from the original, such as Tracy making the call to the guys again after their blacked out night, them encountering another animal, Stu solving the puzzle followed by another of the guys’ wedding, among other things.

The story was a little forced at times–I didn’t know muscle relaxers had the same effect as roofies–Allan conveniently had notecards on power outages in Thailand and they got a Korean (Jamie Chung) and a Chinese (Mason Lee) to play Thai, which is always laughable when they accommodate Asian ethnicities like so.

I was surprised to find that Lee, whose unskilled acting made me really anxious watching him in his feature debut, is the son of Ang Lee.

Chung went to school with my friends at UC Riverside and is in my sister’s sorority. My friend said Chung is fine in real life, but he’s uncredible because he has an ugly girlfriend. I’ve seen some pictures where she looks cross-eyed and weird at times, but as far as her career goes, she’s coming up. Having already come out with Sucker Punch earlier this year, she’ll be in three movies in the next year, starring alongside Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rob Lowe.

The Hangover fanbase is huge, making it one of the biggest box-office openings ever. And it’s an R-rated comedy. I watched it with my friend’s 7-year-old son at 11p. It’s okay. He’s a precocious one. I once failed to fix one of his toys, and he frustratingly said to me, “C’mon, Bryan. You’re a smart guy.” I wanted to slap him and hi-five him at the same time.

Phillips made $10 million against 10% first dollar gross. The salary’s great, but it must be unreal to earn $20 million over a weekend sitting back and watching your movie explode. And it’ll only continue to rise. Yes, there are talks for a Hangover Part III, and as much as I hate the idea too, Phillips did say it would be a finale and it would not follow the same template of the first two, which would be the correct decision at this point.

Rotten Tomatoes currently holds a 35% rating for the movie, which is an absolute joke, much like the site itself. In short, Phillips gets it done again and is near the top of the list in comedic directors, somewhere above Adam McKay and below Judd Apatow.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5




  1. The Hangover is a movie of extremes. Extreme situations and extreme characters. Look no further than the caricatures Mr. Chow and Zach Galifianakis’s Alan. They’re the film’s punchlines – what you most remember after leaving the theater – and if they fall flat so does the movie. For me, they fell flat. (Though the penis bit had me laughing.) Hangover 2 isn’t a bad movie – it just wasn’t what it could’ve been.

    On X-Men. I liked it. Not nearly the Dark Knight, which some are saying, but a better than average comic movie with depth. Some scenes were heavy on sentiment and nearly entered cheese territory, but overall well-acted, particularly by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, who wowed me in Inglourious Basterds and is right alongside Tom Hardy as my favorite superstar-to-be.

    Comment by Chris Le — June 7, 2011 @ 10:08 am | Reply

  2. I watched it opening weekend when it was buzzing and not having heard any reviews. I manage to go into movies without expectations and being easily pleased.

    X-Men got insane ratings. Is it blasphemous to tell you I still haven’t watched Dark Knight in full?

    Comment by Bryan — June 7, 2011 @ 12:10 am | Reply

  3. i think your expectations were lowered enough by all the bad reviews so that you could enjoy it.

    btw you should really watch xmen. great cast. great magneto.

    Comment by dan — June 7, 2011 @ 12:03 am | Reply

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