Review: “The Hangover Part 2.”

It’d be easy to describe The Hangover Part Two as shamelessly cynical if it weren’t¬†intermittently¬†entertaining. Rather than expand on the original comedy blockbuster, director Todd Phillips recreates his exact formula in a new setting. I wonder whether Phillips actually thought Thailand would offer new surprises for Phil and the gang, as he frames physical gags without subtlety or thought. The best moments occur when the actors aren’t reacting to crazed antics, and actually have time to develop their roles. As with the original Hangover, we laugh precisely because logic and acting dictate how these degenerates behave. Too bad part two has more in common with a remake than a sequel.

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