A Bad Case of Déjà vu
Two years after the night they forgot the wolfpack; Stu, Doug, Phil and Alan are heading to Thailand for Stu's wedding with his soon to be brother-in-law Teddy joining them on the flight over much to Alan's annoyance. But with Stu not wanting a repeat of the events which went down in Vegas he is reluctant for the guys to give him a traditional bachelor send off but relents when his wife to be insists they go for a drink. But over a course of the weekend things get more than a little crazy as Stu wakes up with a tattoo on his face, they find themselves with a drug dealing monkey, running around Bangkok and worst of all they can't find Teddy only one of his fingers.
I, like many, enjoyed "The Hangover" not so much for its originality but because it was hilariously crazy. The thing is that they should have left it at that as to create a sequel which leads the guys on a repeat of the events but overseas only ends up a negative. So with that said I would imagine that you can guess I was not impressed by "The Hangover Part II" and found it surprisingly weak. Part of the trouble is that quite simply I didn't want to see these three friends end up having another nightmare few days after a crazy bachelor party what I wanted is some greater sort of variation to it but nope all we get is the craziness shifted to Thailand which provides plenty of obvious jokes, come on who couldn't anticipate at least one lady-boy gag in there.
The thing is that I reckon if I was 20 years younger the insane, daftness of "The Hangover Part II" would be right up my ally and would not be so bothered by its repetitive nature and would have enjoy the sight of Alan waking up with his head shaved or Stu finding himself with the Mike Tyson tattoo across his face. But I am not of that age and to put it simply even in a comedy like this I require some sort of progression rather than just a step to the side which is all this turns out to be.
What this all boils down to is that "The Hangover Part II" didn't work for me and found it in truth a bit of a slog with the crazy comedy of the first movie replaced by a lot of ridiculousness.