Hangover II (D-)

Written by: Mike Sergott

Sat, Jul 2, 2011

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galfianakis
Directed by: Todd Phillips


Let me start off by saying that while I thought it was okay, I wasn’t as rabid a fan of the original Hangover as most. Some elements of that first movie that were downright horrible, including the flamboyant Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) and the grating Zach Galifianiakis. None of the cast members were very funny characters, really – it was the original premise that made it work, and how you were just as lost and susceptible to the curve balls being thrown along the way.

So what does the sequel do? Take all originality out of the movie by providing almost a carbon copy of the plot (only this time in Bangkok instead of Vegas), and even specific scenes (going from an innocent “cheers” to emerging from a blackout, checking pockets for clues, making “the call” to Tracy, etc). There’s even more of Mr. Chow and Galifianakis in this one, making it almost unwatchable. And to make things even worse, director Todd Phillips inexplicably adds an element that has sounded the death knell for any movie not starring Clint Eastwood: the repeated use of a monkey.

A monkey.

“When a monkey nibbles on a penis, it’s funny in any language,’’ says Alan (Galifianakis) in the movie.

No. No it’s not.

And then what happens is… eh, it’s not even worth it.

 To go into any further description would be to give more attention to a terrible movie than its due. Suffice to say that, this being a sequel, the movie tried to up the ante with regards to how nasty and edgy it can be (severed fingers, more male full frontal nudity, sodomy), but  it only comes across as desperate and… sadly, predictable.

The verdict

Stay away from this movie unless you’re deeply stoned on some good Thai weed one Friday night after this comes out on DVD.


Mike’s verdict: D-


[Rated R for "pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images, and a smoking monkey.]

Mike Sergott has written 209 articles for Appetite for Deconstruction.

Mike Sergott is co-creator and staff deconstructor for A4D. Due to his unorthodox-yet-versatile style of journalism, many have referred to him as "the Fat Lever of the Internet.”

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