The Hangover Part II: The Wolfpack Is Back

A good sequel is hard to come by. Off the top of my head, I can only think of four. Ironically, they are all sci-fi classics. Empire Strikes Back, Superman II (Phantom Zone), Aliens, and Star Trek II (Wrath of Khan). I had high expectations for The Hangover II as my friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time. Will we add this to my short list of great sequels or will we toss this with the rest of the disappointing second volumes?

Friends Fantasy

I know this is a movie, but am I the only one who thinks that these four guys in real life couldn’t be friends? They are as different as people can be. Doug (Justin Bartha) the normal one is once again hardly in the movie. Why would we pay good money to see normal right? We want to see train wrecks. Phil (Bradley Cooper), the pretty boy, holds the pack together. Stu (Ed Helms), the tightly wound up spazz and Alan the eccentric one complete the trio. Mixing things up is Ed’s fiancée Lauren (Jamie Chung) and her brother Teddy (Mason Lee). Last, but certainly not least, we have a surprise visit from Chow (Ken Jeong)!

Thailand Has Them Now

Same formula, different country. The first one, everything was original and brand new. This time I kept thinking, this is the same old thing. It’s similar to watching the Jackass movies. The first one was captivating, the second one you’re just watching because of the
gross out and the train wreck factors. At times some of the once loveable characters were even annoying. They did outdo themselves several times throughout the movie with some insane situations. I was left asking how could they do that? But that’s about it. A rehash of a good joke with a collection of head scratching scenes.

Final Thoughts

Jamie Chung has a great agent and is doing quite well since her days from MTV’s Real World (Sorority Row, Sucker Punch, and now The Hangover II). However, unless you want to catch scenes of Thailand on the big screen, I would say save your money. This time the Wolfpack is going straight to DVD and I hope they don’t make The Hangover III. In my book, The Hangover is over.

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22 Responses

  1. Well, I’m still going to see it tomorrow, so I hope I enjoy it!

  2. Im going to see it tonight! It got pretty bad reviews overall…glad to see you write one though, Ive thought about doing a niche site with movie reviews myself.

    Also, nice to see someone else appreciate Superman II as much as me!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Have fun! Yeah I saw a 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. Funny, sometimes I actually like poorly reviewed movies. I attempted a movie review site before and it was uninspired. With my current blog pushing my writing skills, I feel my movie reviews are better. It also helps that I do it every once in awhile. Constantly churning out movie reviews turned it into a job. Did you read my Yakezie guest post, Don’t Quit Your Day Job? Kind of ties it all together.

  3. Did you forget about Godfather II? 😉
    We’ll see it when it comes out on DVD. We just saw part 1 a few weeks ago, heheh.
    Ken Jeong is a really funny Asian guy. The best in the business so far.
    I saw they had a scene on the Sky Bar. That place is awesome. It cost around $10 for one drink and you can hang out for as long as you can nurse your drink. 😀

  4. 101 Centavos says:

    Good review, Buck. Now we’ll go out and get the first one with confidence.

  5. Squirrelers says:

    Have to say, I enjoyed the first Hangover movie, and do want to see this one. That said, I’m not surprised by the mediocre ratings based on what I’ve seen of other sequels.

    Remember Harold and Kumar? I liked the first one, but not the second one as much. Side note – I’m probably getting too old to like that type of movie, but sometimes it’s good to think young:)

    I recall back in the day that I liked First Blood, which was the first in the Rambo series. The second one, where he finds himself in Vietnam, was a bit ridiculous. I barely remember the third one. But I did enjoy First Blood, the original.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Ah Harold and Kumar, another classic! Thinking young is great. Young at heart, right? Rambo First Blood was awesome. The second one was ridiculous, but it was good mindless fun watching Stallone shoot everything up. Speaking of Stallone movies and sequels, Rocky IV was pretty good. “I must break you!”

  6. I keep hearing the same type of review for this movie. I was hoping it would be better than the first. So I guess if I go in with zero expectations I will be ok.

  7. Brandy says:

    saw it, loved it. i laughed the whole movie.

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