Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Hangover 2

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Plot: The plot is the same as Hangover I, but this time in Bangkok. One day before Stu's (Ed Helms) wedding, our heros get drunk, wake up in a strange hotel room, and can't find the bride's brother. They spend the next day retracing their steps and learning about their twisted adventures with crazy friend Mr. Chow (Ken Joeng.) 

Review:  If you liked the first movie, you'll like this movie. It is not so much a sequel as it is another two hours of the first movie. The whole gag of the first movie is re-run, this time in Bangkok.

I can't resist comparing the two movies. The second movie has the advantage of the foreignness of Thailand instead of Las Vegas schtick.  The Thai father-in-law was pretty funny too. And no one will ever forget one particular penis joke. 

The first movie had more looniness, especially visual nuttiness  -- I liked the tiger and the chicken a lot.

Hangover 2 has a clever formula for appealing to men and women. The guys are always trying to get back to their wives and girlfriends, and the female part of the audience like that. The guys like the bawdy humor and party jokes. I checked out the ratings on imdb, and strangely women like Hangover 2 more than men, 7.4 to 7.2. All the penises may help that too. 

Finally Hangover 2 is not boring for a second. It has likable characters, and its is a good night at the movies.

Cast: Bradley CooperEd HelmsZach Galifianakis
, Ken Jeong

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Rating: 2.5 stars

More:  Ken Jeong, who played the cocaine-sniffing, boat-owning friend Mr Chow, is from Detroit. According to Wikipedia he was college professor and a physician before becoming a comedian. 

Even More:  According to the online buzz,  Zach Galifianakis's penis is in the closing photos -- I did not notice it . Zach said it was a rubber prop. 

Way too much more:  Supposedly, Ken Jeong's penis shot was actually his. You will remember that shot was pretty long and detailed. Physician Jeong talks openly about his distinctive physiology.  
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