By John Bei­fuss

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - Go See -

“THE HANG­OVER PART II” may rep­re­sent the ugli­est por­trait of a for­eign land and cul­ture since jailed Amer­i­can stu­dent Brad Davis was driven to bite off a stoolie’s tongue in a hell­hole Turk­ish prison in “Mid­night Ex­press.” Mis­tak­ing mean­ness for edge, bor­der­line racism for ir­rev­er­ence and dis­re­gard for women as “boys will be boys” sol­i­dar­ity, this “Part II” is as hor­ri­fy­ing as a “Saw” se­quel, but with fewer laughs.

Lighten up? Or light up, like the movie’s scene-steal­ing, chain-smok­ing mon­key? The ca­puchin’s cig­a­rette habit may have been aug­mented with dig­i­tal ef­fects (I be­lieve di­rec­tor Todd Phillips when he says the mon­key didn’t ac­tu­ally smoke on set), but the an­i­mal-abuse as­pect of the com­edy was dis­turb­ing enough to the Amer­i­can Hu­mane So­ci­ety that the or­ga­ni­za­tion re­fused to grant its cus­tom­ary “no an­i­mals were harmed” dis­claimer to the film.

The movie’s monk fares no bet­ter than its mon­key. As an an­cient Bud­dhist in a wheel­chair who has taken a vow of si­lence, Aroon See­boon­ruang is treated like a hu­man sight gag or com­edy prop as he is hauled around Bangkok by the bach­e­lor party-gone-wrong “Wolf­pack” trio. Would a pri­est or rabbi char­ac­ter be

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