Swanner: The first question I get asked about Hangover 2 is always, Is it as funny as the first one. I did think it was as fun as the original…actually it’s pretty much the same as the original. The only thing different here is the location. Bangkok is actually much scarier and sleazier than Vegas. Past that, it’s the same funny movie. The three guys wake up after a rough night of partying to find that the fourth member of their party is missing. This time around the missing person is the 16-year-old soon-to-be brother-in-law of Ed Helms.
Judd: My biggest problem with the movie was that it was so similar to the first. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. As Tom mentioned Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis are back in their respective Pretty Boy, Nerd and Weirdo roles, but this time we’re given a little more from Ken Jeong as Mr. Chow, the gangsta Asian that gets the boys into their predicament. The movie is also given a little prestige from art house darling Paul Giamatti, as an “investor” the boys do not want to cross.
Swanner: As I mentioned Bangkok is much more sleazy than Vegas but the two locations do have a lot of similarities. They are both havens for people to over party on whatever you want to party on, including drugs and prostitutes. But Bangkok offers one thing that’s different, it offers that feeling that you could die at any moment. One reason the Hangover movies work for me is that I always know that as no matter how deep these guys get buried in crap, all will be fine in the end. That’s why these movies can be so funny. We know no really harm will come.
Judd: We are reminded over and over the danger element of Bangkok. While the boys search for Teddy, various characters they come across warn them that “Bangkok got him,” “Bangkok will get him”, or “Bangkok has him.” And the movie opens with the boys finding a severed finger floating in an ice bucket, which is a lot more violent than the first. But you’re right, that threat never feels real, and for me that was a negative. It made using such a grungy locale seem a bit superficial.
Swanner: The danger is there but no one is getting that badly hurt. Even the monkey is going to be okay after he takes a bullet. I did like the movie as I liked the first one. I like that these guys are ordinary Joes that get in to trouble. I can relate to them so I can become part of the film. The three leads are all good and the script as similar as it was is very funny. It’s definitely worth seeing
Judd: I think 2 is as funny as the first, but I can’t say that I liked it as much. But that’s the problem with sequel of a movie based on one thin premise, it’s already a little stale from the get go. There will probably be a Hangover 3, but I have a feeling Hangovers 4-10 will be straight to video and star Eugene Levy.