The Hangover Part II

Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha, Paul Giamatti, Sasha Barrese, Jamie Chung

The Hangover, which had some enjoyable moments, became a surprise hit. Todd Phillips and his new writing partners take no risks with the sequel and deliver a carbon copy of the first film. Not only does it use the same exact plot and structure, but also the same individual scenes, gags, character arcs and celebrity cameos. The location changes from Las Vegas to Bangkok, and this time it’s Stu about to get married. The morning before the wedding, the trio once again wake up without memory, and now they have misplaced Stu’s 16-year-old brother-in-law to be. The baby is replaced with a monkey, the tiger with a silent monk, the pulled-out tooth with a tattoo, and so on. If the film was had some good jokes like the first one, it wouldn’t seem such a cynical moneymaking operation.