Hangover 2

Hangover 2
Director: Todd Phillips

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Paul Giamatti

Rating **

A cigarette-smoking monkey wearing a frilly vest is a device that `Hangover 2' employs to make us laugh. That's about the only new thing in this sequel; the tiger got left behind in the first movie, remember? Everything else is a dreary re-tread. Same old lumpy Alan ( Galifianakis), flaunting passive aggressiveness in his stay-at-home-son avatar, same old Phil ( Cooper) flashing his sexy blue eyes , same old Doug (Bartha) looking dishy in a minimal part, and, oh yeah, the same old groom schtick ( Helms this time around; last time it was Bartha) not being able to make it to his wedding on time, because, don't wait for this, he got trashed with his trusty wolf-pack.

So dear viewer, if you want to see everything you saw in 'Hangover', only transplanted to Bangkok ( haha, can't have been any other city, because, well, you know, that name's so apt for the stuff that goes on in it), with a drug-peddling simian and a missing human finger, then 'Hangover 2' is the movie for you.

Maybe I'm being a little hasty. There are a couple of other sort-of-new things that Phillips dares to do : adding a baby-faced villain ( Giamatti) who is to be seen sitting mainly in fancy restaurants and rooftops, as well as some slit-eyed Asians ( the bride's father is po-faced, and the younger brother, who studies at an Ivy League college, also needs loosening up) sing-song voices, crowded streets and quaint local modes of transport . It's Bangkok, after all, where women can be men, body part by revealed body part. Get the drift?

The first couple of minutes are borderline funny, and then you realize that the film has no intentions of trying out anything it hasn't before. It gets in Mr Chow ( Jeong) the fellow who kidnapped this lot in the first Hangover, and was completely hilarious. He's given more time here, but a lot of that is spent in him practicing his campy squealing. If there's a joke in here, it escaped me. And just in case you were missing Mike Tyson, here he is, doing a little bump and grind.

Okay, everyone, all set for `Hangover 3'?

shubhra.gupta@expressindia.com

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