"The Hangover Part 2" presents yet another morning after the night before, this time in Bangkok instead of Las Vegas.
If you loved the first one you'll probably like the sequel -- just not as much. Until the credits roll next to a series of indescribably outrageous photos.
Arch Campbell gives the movie three stars, a generous rating. Associated Press movie critic Christy Lemire called it "hard to imagine a worse attempt at cashing in a second time."
Seriously, it feels like the script was pieced together with the help of Mad Libs, she wrote
So much of the allure of that first film was the novelty of the premise, the unpredictability of the adventures, and the sense that we, too, were wandering in a daze, helping solve the mystery of the debauched night before.
Making nearly the exact same movie a second time, but shifting the setting to Thailand, is just ... what, lazy? Arrogant? Maybe a combination of the two. That's essentially what director Todd Phillips has done.
This time, Ed Helms' mild-mannered dentist, Stu, is the one getting married at a resort in Thailand, his fiancee's family's home country. Although he insists he doesn't want a bachelor party, he, Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) still manage to wake up in a stupor in a squalid Bangkok hotel.
Arch's best bets for the holiday weekend are Midnight in Paris, Bridesmaids, Thor and Kung Fu Panda.