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The Wolf Packs are back and a pre-wedding brunch can result in a really bad hangover the next morning. Once again, the gang stumbles on an adventure to find out what happened the previous night and find Stu’s soon to be wife’s little brother who joins them for only one beer. You can't get a hangover with only one beer but how they got a hangover will be revealed in the film.
It’s nice to see the Wolf Pack for the second time after the hilarious first film and Ken Jeong did get more onscreen time for his role as Chow which gave the film more humour that matches the amount, or exceeds the amount, of humour as the first movie.
But all that cruel and lowbrow laughs comes with a price. The Hangover Part 2 doesn't have the full surprise that the first film has that makes the first film so good it covers most of its flaws. At the end of the day, it’s exactly the same as the first film which is probably the reason why they call it The Hangover Part 2 and not The Hangover 2.
For those of you who don’t know the difference, compare this film, as well as the original, to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2. The last Harry Potter installment is one movie split into two, whether they choose to split the movie because the adaptation would make a movie too lengthy or they want to make more money isn’t relevant, whereas a direct sequel is another movie that continues the story of the previous movie.
In conclusion, if you’re willing to pay to see Todd Phillips recycle his materials then The Hangover Part 2 will consist of laughs worth having a laugh about. Otherwise, the carbon copy of the original is much darker and raunchier.