Stars re­unite for re­run of smash-hit Hang­over

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - LET’S PARTY - By Shereen Low

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.

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