Weekend Movie Guide: Hangovers & Pandas

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05.27.11 10 Comments
WEEKEND MOVIE GUIDE: If you’re looking to squander this fine holiday weekend inside, you’ve got The Hangover Part II, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Tree of Life: Electric Boogaloo (in some locations). One second… okay, I’m being told Tree of Life is not actually a sequel. Sorry for the confusion.

THE HANGOVER PART II: Some dudes wake up in Thailand, and you’ll never believe this, but some wacky stuff happens.

RottenTomatoes: 34%

Gratuitous Review Quotes:

“Somebody must have roofied me. I left The Hangover Part II feeling dazed and abused, wondering how bad things happened to such a good comedy.” -Peter Travers

“In Roseanne Barr’s recent exposé of TV culture, she got to the core of this dishonesty by cutting through the media’s hypocrisy about Charlie Sheen’s meltdown. Barr dared to describe his TV series Two and a Half Men as the first TV show about a john. That’s the same lowlife behavior that The Hangover movies salute; they come from the same Hollywood sewer. Phillips and Galifianakis pretend that without a steadying, accountable presence, The Hangover Part II is satire. Fact is, it’s unrepentant indulgence.” –Armond White

The Hangover Part II is the worst sequel of all time. I realise that is quite a claim. After all, the 20th century gave us Death Wish II, Child’s Play 3 and Return To The Blue Lagoon.
The 21st has already thrown up such hideous cultural artefacts as Saw III, Daddy Day Camp and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.
But The Hangover Part II trounces all competition by being four diabolical movies in one. It offers an aggressively bone-headed glorification of male sexism, a toe-curlingly racist view of the non-American world, and a Gary Glitterish celebration of sex tourism.
Two years ago, I gave The Hangover a five-star review…” -Chris Tookey, DailyMail

ARMCHAIR ANALYSIS: You can read my full review here, but the gist of it is “monkeys are funny.” (I LOVE YOU, ANNIE’S BOOBS!)

A lot of the hate for this movie seems to be coming from people saying “I ADORED the first one but…”  And frankly I can’t respect any review that begins by telling you how brilliant The Hangover was. If you say you love the first one, but the second one is sexist, you are a cretin. I thought the first one was mildly amusing (and that’s okay!) with a mostly-tired structure (and it does not hold up upon repeat viewings).  This one has a similarly-tired structure (why would you expect anything else?) with (mostly) funnier jokes.  I refuse to be ashamed at laughing at a line like, “Aw, I wish monkeys could Skype.”  I also think most critics want their “outrageous” laughs without an edge of borderline offensiveness, which is bullsh*t.


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