• November 24, 2020
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We all loved The Hangover, a low-budget film with relatively unknown actors.  The movie was surprisingly funny; a trio of delusional friends with no memory of the previous night look for a lost friend, all the while dealing with Asians jumping out of nowhere, failed negotiations with gangsters and a last minute friend rescue.  The formula worked on audiences everywhere, turning the film into a financial success.

The Hangover, Part II, now with a bigger budget and A-list actors, was funny; a trio of delusional friends with no memory of the previous night look for a lost friend, all the while dealing with Asians jumping out of nowhere, failed negotiations with gangsters and a last minute friend rescue.  The formula worked on audiences everywhere, again, making the film the most successful R-rated comedy in the box office.

What happened in Vegas should have stayed in Vegas.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  The majority of the critics are all saying the same thing.  This is because nearly all of the originality of the first movie has been recycled into the second.

The gags in the first movie were funny, and in Part II, despite what some of the top critics complain about, they are still funny!  Most movie critics search for hidden symbols and messages nowadays; The Hangover, Part II, is supposed to be different.  The film is a straight up comedy with a simple plot line and offensive and loud jokes.  What more should we have expected?

When Alan decided to share a couple bags of marshmallows the night before, we all know he has mixed in his own batch of Rohypnol.  When the three friends wake up the next morning, the audience already knows that Stu has altered some part of his body.  And finally, when all hope seems lost for finding Teddy, a breakthrough discovery is only inevitable.  The point is,The Hangover, Part II could not have been written any differently, and that is the brilliance of the Hangover series.

I have to admit that Stu’s epiphany (yes, that happens again too, and at this point does not even count as a spoiler) caught me by surprise.  All the mystery and hidden messages that people are longing for fall in that one moment, and that is all the profundity the film needs.  The box office does not lie, and The Hangover, Part II, deserves more praise than it received.

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