"The Hangover II" is apparently as bad as the previews make it seem

26 May

Nearly every person I know enjoyed The Hangover. Nearly every person I know has commented to me that The Hangover II looks terrible. And if Will Leitch is to be believed – as he most definitely is; Will Leitch is the best – they are correct: The Hangover II is apparently as bad as the previews make it seem.

Here’s the money quote (no need to offer a ‘spoiler alert’ since everyone on the planet knows exactly what will happen in the sequel):

The movie labors to find reasons not only to bring the gang back together — including the film’s one funny scene, in which we see what madness ensues in the bedroom of Zach Galifianakis’ Alan’s bedroom — but also to shoehorn our three protagonists into the precise scenario they were in last time, down to the roofies and bleary-eyed morning and the presence of Ken Jeong’s Mr. Chow character and even Mike Tyson, whose appearance makes less sense and is decidedly less amusing. There are at least four different instances in this film that one character says some variation on the line, “I can’t believe this is happening again!”

Aaaaaaaand there goes any interest I had in seeing the movie. I’m guessing you agree, in which case: congrats, you’ve just saved yourself two hours and twenty bucks. Good for you.

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Gratuitous postscript: I do have one minor quibble with Leitch’s review, and that is this line:

Another reason the first film was funny is that it felt legitimately unchained; its most outrageous moments were truly shocking yet believable.

Not sure if I’m misremembering, but the Hangover I saw included the following: a police cruiser driving on a busy sidewalk, a dude getting shot, one character not only feeding a tiger but walking all the way into the bathroom and shutting the door behind him while doing so, guys talking their way out of a felony arrest, three guys surving a crowbar attack with barely a scratch and an effective gambling session that resulted in something like $80k in winnings. I’m not saying that believability was the point and that it was a terrible movie because of its absurdness (though it wasn’t my cup of tea) … just saying let’s call ’em like we see ‘em and admit the entire movie was ridiculous.

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