Pre-show safe: There are no spoilers in this review.
Can you believe he is a doctor in real life? Epic performance by Mr Chow (Ken Jeong): “Holla, city of squala!”
If you let a bunch of drunk guys write a movie script, this is probably what it would be like. Childish, chaotic, and nonetheless comedic, this hangover is the same story with a different city. And many more Asian people.
First up, let me warn you that this is not the kind of movie you want to watch if you are conservative or want to ‘chill out’, because I personally found it quite visually stimulating. If you have watched it already, you know what I mean.
In this version of the hangover, Stu the Dentist is the one to get married and he plans an idyllic tropical wedding in Thailand, home of his new wife-to-be. Stu (Ed Helms) is not only marrying tasty Asian female Lauren (real name Jamie Chung, who I loved in her role as warrior/stripper Amber in Action Fantasy Sucker Punch – I reviewed it here), but he gets an upgrade to the full family-size deal.
I take away that the plot plays on his conflict with her traditional family, and there is a side serving of Alan’s (Zach Galifianakis) jealousy of a new kid on the Bangkok block. He doesn’t like anyone messing with his self-created ‘wolf pack’. Who’s the Asian invasion, you may ask? Read on.
After a night of drunken and forgotten debauchery, the boys wake up in Bangkok city – shaved, tattooed, and missing Stu’s soon-to-be 16 year old brother-in-law, Teddy (Mason Lee). How did a classical cello-playing child genius from Stanford end up with the/in trouble the way he did? It can only be a bunch of boys, Bangkok, and bad influence.
There are numerous genuinely funny bits, most of which are disturbing if not questionable. I especially loved crazy Chow’s (Ken Jeong) performance. The audience laughed, loved and cringed like they were in sadistic self-inflicted pain, as Hangover 2 upped the ante on its controversy.
From monks to monkeys and monkeys on monks, expect the unexpected in a way that is same same but different. Also, prepare to see penises.
Hello, Bangkok. Same formula, different hangover.
PICTURES FROM THE PREMIERE OF THE HANGOVER PART 2
Christine and the cable TV celebrities.
The movie crew. Our friend Marc Nelson came down from the Philippines specially to visit us in Singapore. He loves Singapore that much! He is also a part of the fresh new international celebrity co-opt group full of ridiculously good-looking people, The Collective
This hardworking bunch has been working extra hard of late. Here is them finally taking a much-needed break… (Casual couch potatoheads for a day – Simon P, Angel Nicole Teo, Linda Black, Oli Pettigrew and Marc.)
Oli with one beer…
And it all started with “just one” beer.
Thanks to Singha Beer, Warner Bros and agency for the invite to the movie premiere of Hangover: Part 2. Watch it in Singapore cinemas now.