15 certificate, 102 minutes
Director: Todd Philips
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis
The Hangover Part II is the sequel to the successful 2009 film The Hangover. Stu (Ed Helms, We're the Millers), the dentist from the first film is engaged to be married to Lauren (Jamie Chung, Big Hero 6). The wedding is going to be held in Thailand, where her family is from, and Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis, Birdman) are going there for the wedding, although admittedly Stu has to be persuaded to actually invite Alan considering what Alan did to them the first time around.
Two nights before the wedding at the resort in Thailand where the wedding is going to be held the foursome, and Lauren's little brother Teddy (Mason Lee), decide to have one drink on the beach by a fire. The next thing they do is wake up in a hotel room; Stu has a tattoo, Alan has had his head shaved, there's a monkey in the room and Stu accuses Alan of drugging them - again - as none of them has any memory of what happened the previous night. Doug is still back at the resort, but apparently Teddy was with them the night before and has gone missing.
Mr Chow (Ken Jeong, Ride Along 2), the weird Chinese gangster they kidnapped in the first film, makes an appearance again and apparently was on the night out with them. At some point during the night, they also acquired a Buddhist monk. They then trek through various Bangkok clubs and a monastery, encountering yet more gangsters and drug dealers, in the quest for Teddy.
The film is just as madcap as the first, with the group struggling to piece together what happened the previous night, following any clues they have so that they can find the missing Teddy.
What lets The Hangover Part II down is that it is less a sequel than it is a remake. If you've seen The Hangover, then it's likely that a lot of the plot will seem very familiar. The location is different - Bangkok rather than Las Vegas - but Phil, Stu and Alan wake up in an unknown hotel room, having no memory of the night before and again having acquired an animal (a monkey, not a tiger), also kidnapped someone (again) and lost a member of their party, although it's Teddy not Doug this time - Doug has a slightly bigger role, but is still a minor character - and they spend most of the film trying to find him. The whole format and layout is very similar to the original so, although it is funny, it isn't as good as it could have been. Although, if you haven't seen The Hangover, it will likely seem more original. It isn't bad, it's just a bit of a retread of the first film, although it did do well enough to spawn another sequel.