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The Hangover Part II

Year: 2011
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Todd Phillips
Producer: Todd Phillips
Writer: Todd Phillips/Craig Mazin
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Mike Tyson, Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor, Jamie Chung

Ask any producer or studio executive (or book publisher for that matter) and they'll tell you the best kind of sequel/update/subsequent entertainment property entry is simply 'the same but different'.

It worked for James Cameron with The Terminator 2: Judgement Day. For all the technical prowess it showed it was essentially the same story as The Terminator – enemy forces send a robotic attacker back in time to kill someone who will change the course of a future war while the good guys send a protector.

The premise – if not the entire plot – of The Hangover Part II is exactly the same as the first one. A bunch of grown but eternally boyish friends pass out from accidental drug intake the night before a wedding and wake up the next day with no idea what they've done but with things seriously amiss. The result is then Hitchcock by way of Animal House as they try to piece together the destructive misadventures of the night before to rescue the kid brother of the bride to be (versus the groom himself last time).

It's only real USP is in prompting to you say 'surely they won't go there' and then enjoying the results when they do. The differences between it and The Hangover are cosmetic – it's Thailand instead of Vegas, and the leads do their jobs very well, from straight man Cooper to comic foils Helms and Galifianakis.

I wasn't a really huge fan of the original so I found this delivered some chuckles rather than hearty belly laughs.

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