Bad boy bud­dies

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

IF A hor­ror film fran­chise can reuse its core idea time and again to slash, maim and en­ter­tain, then surely a bawdy, high- con­cept com­edy such as The Han­gover can squeeze a cou­ple of flicks worth of crazy fun out be­fore it be­comes stale – right? You bet. Es­sen­tially the same movie re­worked, the Han­gover Part II finds the ‘‘ wolf pack’’ – mates Phil ( Bradley Cooper), Stu ( Ed Helms) and Allan ( Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis) – re­turn­ing to their hun­gover ways, this time while in Thai­land for Stu’s wed­ding. A booze­fu­elled ben­der in Bangkok has re­sulted in the mis­plac­ing of Stu’s teenage soon- to- be bro’- in- law. Now they have to find him. The dif­fer­ent de­tails en­sure a lit­tle fresh­ness to the orig­i­nal com­edy mys­tery for­mula and if you laughed at and loved the first, you should get the same buzz again. Ex­tras: Not an em­bar­rass­ment of spe­cial- fea­ture riches are in­cluded in the BD combo pack, but there are fea­turettes with the cast chat­ter­ing about Todd Phillips’ comedic vi­sion and the film’s smok­ing, drug- deal­ing mon­key, plus a lo­ca­tion tour and gag reel. NOT VIEWED.

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