The Hangover 2 is the Hangover?

Hangover II, Is Like The Hangover Meets The Hangover

The Movie:

It’s the sequel to the movie that, statistically speaking, you saw in theaters and own on DVD.

I really liked The Hangover. I enjoy all of the main actors involved, I thought the jokes were solid and it felt like a fairly original story. Mysteries have been done before, sure, but drunken comedy mysteries with Zach Galifianakis? That’s a new thing. So I really had a blast watching it. I left the theater happy, because I thought, Good, now all of these funny actors that I like can break out and do a bunch of other movies.

Or, hey, they could just do The Hangover again and again, and never change a thing.

Why It Feels Like a Joke:

The Hangover: Part Two is less a sequel and more of an almost shot-for-shot remake, albeit in a different setting. If you think I’m exaggerating the similarities, go ahead and watch the trailers for Part One and Two back to back. Or screw it, I’ll just show you.

Both trailers open in the exact same way, with Zach Galifianakis’ character doing something embarrassing and wacky in front of people. In the first, he stands around wearing a jock strap and, in the second, he tells an inappropriate story about Stu during his rehearsal dinner.

At about 36 seconds into the first Hangover trailer, the main characters all get together and raise their glasses for a toast. In Part II, this happens at about 40 seconds in.

Each of these scenes is then followed by a blurry, rapid-fire, wild party montage, a pure white screen and a close-up on one of the main characters’ faces as he wakes up on the floor …

… followed by a scan of the demolished hotel room …

… followed by Ed Helms’ character realizing that there is something horribly different about his face. A missing tooth in Hangover, a face tattoo in the sequel (and, in both cases, Bradley Cooper’s character raises a hand to his mouth and tries to stifle a laugh. Both. Twice. Two times.)

– At this point in Part One, they stumble upon a baby that they then have to carry around, in Part Two it’s a monkey they have to travel with.

– Next, they realize they’re missing an important part of their group (the groom in Part One, the younger brother of the bride in Two).

– 1:23 into the Part One trailer, when the guys realize what trouble they’re in, they all get worried except Zach Galifianakis’ character, who lets out a short laugh and happily says, “We were messed up.” 1:33 into Part Two, when the rest of the guys realize what trouble they’re in, he lets out a short laugh and happily says, “We love to party,” with the exact same inflection and, in both trailers, the background music cuts out the instant he says his line.

– They decide that the only way to find their missing person is to follow a series of clues based on what they have in their pockets. They treat this like a brand new discovery in Two even though they clearly made the same realization in One.

– At just around the 2:00 mark, an angry woman is on the phone demanding answers from the guys. I didn’t specify which trailer, because it happens in both, at the same time.

And so on. A bunch of wacky stuff happens, some jokes are thrown in, Ed Helms screams, “What is going on,” and the trailers end.

I understand that the first movie was very successful, and when things are successful in Hollywood, no one wants to mess with the formula, but come on, they’re basically daring us to pay money for a movie we’ve already seen. This could basically be the exact same script with every instance of “baby” crossed out and replaced with “monkey.”

Those guys who do the [Genre] Movies don’t exactly understand what parody is, so sometimes they’ll just recreate a scene from an iconic comedy and just replace the original jokes with jokes of their own that, generally, are worse. That’s not a parody; that’s just redoing an already funny thing and changing the wording of the jokes. That’s what this trailer felt like to me, and when your legitimate Hangover 2 trailer could pass for the trailer for Friedberg and Seltzer’s Hangover Movie, you’re in big trouble.

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