Hangover 2
Review by Ross Anthony

Surprisingly avoiding the intoxication genre, Hangover II stumbles wobbly-headed into the straight-man-prodded-into-corruption genre. Truly, HII has some very funny moments. I laughed many times. But, the laughs were not quite strong enough nor plentiful enough to save the film. Additionally, for all that this twisted plot puts us through, we deserved a better ending. Lastly, aside from the actor who played Stu, I found the other performances less than engaging -- even on a comedic level.

Sadly, the picture lacks an emotive connection as well as any social relevance sported by recent, similarly crude films (Knocked Up, to name one). While a film can still be good without these elements, it better be outstanding in its area of expertise. Which, would probably be comedy in this case.

That said, here are a few things the picture did extremely well. The location and setting shots of Thailand were rich, large and truly gorgeous. In fact, for such a silly throw-away comedy, the cinematography, in general, is top notch. Filmmakers also made great use of music. Specifically, the scene in which Stu strums guitar on a riverboat while singing his woes -- I found that magnificent. The elevator serenade also sincerely tickled my funny bone.

I did not see the first, but my buddy assures me that I & II are equally funny.

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  • Hangover 2. Copyright © 2011.
  • Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Paul Giamatti. Directed by Todd Phillips at Warner Brothers.

Grade..........................C+ (1/4)

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