Com­edy serves up same again

THE HANG­OVER PART II ( 15)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ma­son Lee, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Paul Gia­matti, Jamie Chung.

TODD Phillips’ hair of the dog to the high­est gross­ing com­edy film of 2009 is a 101-minute al­co­hol and drug-fu­elled bender that strands the same be­lea­guered char­ac­ters in the same hellish night­mare and watches them squirm. The lo­ca­tion may have changed from sun-baked Las Ve­gas to trop­i­cal Thai­land but The Hang­over Part II rests lazily on its moul­der­ing lau­rels, en­gi­neer­ing fa­mil­iar sce­nar­ios to in­flict the max­i­mum phys­i­cal and emo­tional dis­tress on the two-di­men­sional char­ac­ters. The se­quel curbs a few ex­cesses – less plot, fewer laughs, less fun – and mer­rily chugs down a cock­tail of racist, sex­ist and ho­mo­pho­bic jibes that leave a nasty taste in the mouth. Phillips’ film is crass and of­fen­sive and doesn’t paint Thai­land or its peo­ple in a par­tic­u­larly favourable light, trad­ing on stereo­types for the sake of a snig­ger. Al­most with­out ex­cep­tion, the male char­ac­ters are un­like­able and de­serve ev­ery­thing they get.

FAM­ILY WATCH:

Swearing, Sex, Vi­o­lence.

FA­MIL­IAR: Scene from The Hang­over Part II.

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