Phil wakes up..He is severely hungover. It takes him a few seconds to actually figure out that he has no idea where he is.
Alan wakes up. Also with a hangover. Runs into a strange animal inside the room/house they were sleeping till at that moment. Stu wakes up and he soon realizes that something on his face has been compromised. And..then they all accept the fact that they are hungover and don’t remember a thing from the previous night. They set out to figure out what exactly happened.
They try to recreate previous night’s happenings through a series of clues they obtain on their own or through others who they meet.
Wait! They are missing one of their companions. He must be kidnapped. Right? Sure.
Bring on that crazy Asian guy. Mr. Chow. Yes, he is weird. But he can make you laugh with his antics. He does just that. Of course, he gets chased by his own set of enemies while Phil, Alan and Stu try to rescue their kidnapped companion. Alan continues to charm himself while annoy others with his extreme sense of self self-righteousness, which doesn’t impress the rest one bit. Not one bit.
All this, while Stu quite shamefully is running late for his own wedding and as Stu’s fiancee, Phil’s wife and Doug’s wife angrily wait for their guys in a hotel.
If this plot reminds of you of “The Hangover”, don’t worry – this is exactly the same plot for “The Hangover II” as well. Just that the plot unfolds in Thailand versus Las Vegas, as it did in the former.
But if you are like me, a fan of the original, then I am sure you will be able to go home satisfied. The original (Part I) pretty much created a new genre of comedy movies for the decade. Which makes the job of Part II all the more difficult. If it doesn’t fit into the same genre, then most fans could trash it. If it doesn’t follow a similar plot, then the director runs the risk of resetting his fans’ expectations. So, I am pretty convinced that Todd Philips took the most logical route and delivered, what I thought was a worthy sequel to the original.
Certainly, the original would be ranked higher than the sequel by most fans of the franchise. But that doesn’t take away any credit Part II truly deserves.
“I wish monkeys could skype….May be, one day”! – Zach Galifianakis, as Alan, utters the funniest line of the movie..