Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Zach Galifianakis
Directed by Todd Phillips
In this sequel, the “stag night” mischief returns when Stu takes his wedding to Thailand.
The three friends are reunited as Stu (Helms) invites his two best friends Phil (Cooper) and Doug (Bartha) to the wedding. However, Doug’s brother-in-law, Alan (Galifianakis) has been depressed lately and so out of kindness Stu invites him to come along. Another unexpected edition to join stag night is Stu’s soon-to-be brother-in-law, Teddy (Lee).
Come the next morning, Stu, Alan, and Phil find themselves in a completely different trashed hotel room than their own, and realize Teddy and Doug are missing. They try calling Doug only to find out he had left the beach early due to a headache. The next question is: where’s Teddy? The boys spend the day looking for him in Bangkok.
The Hangover: Part Two did well for a sequel, as it was funnier and more entertaining than the last. Hangover’s in Vegas isn’t anything new but being in a different country is a whole other ordeal. Stu’s character matures throughout Part Two. Back in the first film, Stu stands up to bossy girlfriend which leads to their break up. In this sequel, the person Stu needs to stand up to is his fiancée’s father, who makes it clear that he thinks Stu is weak. Yet Stu seems to be the only developing character, while the others remain unchanged by their experiences. Alan is still crazy and up to no good while Phil is just part of the gang.
Taking the sequel to Bangkok was a good change of pace from the American cities. Part two explored Thai culture and an insight to the city life. There were a few disturbing moments to keep up with the shock factor the first movie had set the bar for, like when the men visited a transgender strip club and all body parts were shown. Alan was just as eclectic as in part one and the pictures found at the end of this sequel were even more hilarious than the last movie. The Hangover: Part Two is a must-see for those who enjoyed the first film and for those with low expectations for this sequel, you might be surprised.