Stars reunite for rerun of smash-hit Hangover
The Hangover is back with a hair of the dog in Part II. But is it any good? Read our review.
MIKE Tyson, a missing tiger and impaled mattresses aren’t ingredients that should belong in the same film. But then this is the follow-on from The Hangover – the box office hit which propelled Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis to worldwide fame. Surpassing all expectations, the original film released in 2009 became the highest grossing comedy aimed at adults in the US, toppling the record held by Beverly Hills Cop for almost 25 years, and winning handfuls of awards including a Golden Globe. “There was some kind of lightning in a bottle that the first film captured,” said Ed Helms, who reprises his role as hapless Stu in the highlyanticipated sequel, The Hangover Part II. Their on-screen antics may be chaotic and so is a meeting with Ed, Bradley (Phil) and Zach (Alan). During the interview, the conversation jumped wildly from one subject to the next as they tackle drugs, drag queens, dogs and drinking. The trio, whose off-screen camaraderie is obvious, were more than thrilled for the Wolfpack’s reunion. “It’s pretty awesome. The Wolfpack being back together again, that’s the most fun part,” said Ed, 37, as all three broke into raucous laughter. Zach, 41, added: “The bottom line is we all enjoy working together and it’s especially good to team up with people you both like and trust. “But this movie makes a bigger thing out of the Wolfpack. It’s really become a media marketing tool.” There’s more madness and mayhem in Part II, directed again by Todd Phillips, which is set two years after their original Las Vegas trip. This time, the lads wake up from their haze in a humid hotel room in Bangkok after holding a supposedly subdued ’bachelor brunch’ for groom-to-be Stu.
“More madness and mayhem”
Without revealing too much, let’s just say their troubles have doubled. There’s a severed finger in a bowl, Stu sports an intriguing facial tattoo, Alan’s head is shaved and Phil finds a Capuchin monkey in the bathroom – and a semi-naked Mr Chow (played by Ken Jeong), their old rival from Vegas. As they embark on a torrid tour of shame through Bangkok, they meet Russian drug dealers, mob figures and un-Zen-like Buddhist monks. “It’s a simple story about regular guys looking to have a good time, well, trying not to repeat the same mistakes. But then something happens. A very bad mistake,” said Zach. “We wanted aspects we loved from the first film to
SURPRISE: The boys discover a monkey in the bathroom. CAPERS: From left, Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha and Ed Helms in The Hangover Part II.