The Hangover films are essentially mysteries with a comic twist but there has always been a dark undercurrent to both films. The original straddled the line well, but this misguided sequel falls off the tracks early (particularity a scene in which Stu finds out he made love to a hooker) and is never able to right itself. The wolf pack is the cinematic equivalent to a modern-day Three Stooges; their interplay is full of chemistry and verve. But transplanting the group and story to Thailand seems like a case of ‘sequelitis’ much in the same vein as the ill regarded Oceans Twelve. I’m sure the cast and filmmakers had a fantastic time making this, the behind the scenes docs on the DVD will no doubt offer more laughs than anything on-screen here.
Warner Bros. has already announced plans to start the process of gearing up for The Hangover Part III. But I think they have used up all audience good-will in this disappointing outing. This scenario is now dated and we will no doubt see spoofs in the near future. A major step backwards from the previous film and one of the years biggest letdown.
Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis