Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Release Date: May 26, 2011

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha

Screenwriters: Scott Armstrong, Craig Mazin, Todd Phillips

Pitch: Another bachelor night, another blurry morning after, another person missing.

Rating: ½

What works: Nothing. I haven't blogged about a movie in ages, but felt compelled to after watching this on DVD. I loved the original but this is the worst movie I have seen in ages. I feel sorry for the writers (none of whom received credit for the original). Surely they did not produce the script without major creative interference from the studio and producers. This is a completely recycled movie, a scene for scene rehash of the original Hangover.

The ONLY difference is the setting. I can hear the execs: Okay, so we did Vegas. Can we do Vegas again? No, then we'd need a new story. Hey! How about Bangkok? Yeah, totally different!

No. No. No.

Do NOT set comedy sequels in Thailand! Did we learning nothing from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason?!

I give the movie half a star and that is for the one chuckle I got that had to do with Long John Silver's.

Where it fumbles: From the first scene to the last. Is there nothing new to do with these characters after the 100-minute original movie? No extensions of characters or story lines? Once again, the writers do away with Justin Bartha's Doug character, not because he goes missing this time, but apparently because he didn't figure prominently in the original. Heaven forbid that his character should be developed. And I groaned in agony when Mike Tyson made another appearance. Really? They had to bring back Tyson?! Whose idea was that?

A total retread. So disappointing. Even worse, the people behind this lame excuse for a movie will only be encouraged to clone other successful movies based on this movie's $580,000,000 global box office. Sad. This is sequel filmmaking at its worst.