Rating: Pretty Damn Good
People really liked the movie, I thought it was pretty funny. There were a lot of laugh out loud moments where I laughed so hard my cheeks started to hurt. I have to warn you right from the get-go that it’s basically the same storyline as part one. So, if you liked Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, and then you saw Guantanamo Bay and also liked that, you’ll probably like Hangover 2 because it’s the same type of sequel. They up the dose on every shot of humor and they take everything to the next level, but luckily they don’t make things so over the top it’s just one big long panic session.
What you may not like:
-There were some dead spots that were boring
-The movie is pretty much the same thing, same story line, I’m not sure how many times we can do this, but apparently twice isn’t asking too much
-Some of the crazy scenes get a little annoying, but it’s not so bad that you can’t keep watching
What you may like:
-They maintain the same comedic timing as the first movie
-The funny parts are more extreme and you’re left going “I can’t believe they went there” quite often
-The big reveal at the end of the movie when they show the pictures like in the last one was funnier than Hangover part 1
-Even though it’s the same movie, they manage to make it feel fresh, proof that you don’t really need to out-do the first movie, you just need to not screw up the sequel in order to make people happy. Interestingly enough, it’s written and directed by the same guy that did the first one. That’s one of my big things, if one movie is successful, why wouldn’t you get the same exact team to make the second? It’s rare they actually do this. Odd. Anyway, they did it here!
Overall, I think if all you care about is having a good laugh, this movie will deliver. It doesn’t have quite so much of a focus on being a man like in the first one, but they still have some kind of moral to the story and an overall point which is nice. It’s worth full price with friends unless you’re bothered by the fact that the storyline is basically the same. If that’s the case, wait for it on rental. Use the Harold and Kumar analogy as your litmus test. If you didn’t like Guantanamo Bay, you won’t like Hangover 2 for the same reasons. You can use the same logic to decide the price for a DVD/Blu-Ray, I’d say minimum 15 is acceptable, some may feel it’s worth more or less.
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