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Blatantly unoriginal, "Hangover 2" is still wildly hilarious

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The Wolf Pack is back... and Mr Chau! The Wolf Pack is back... and Mr Chau!

by Ken San Nicolas

Director: Todd Phillips

Time: 1 hour 42 minutes  

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galafianakis

The sequel to perhaps one of the best contemporary comedies of our time hit theatres this past Wednesday. "Hangover 2" director Todd Phillips clearly had his work cut out for him. How do you live up to the expectations set by one of the funniest comedies this decade? Well, I guess you could copy the exact same plot line, use the exact same characters, add some new gags and change the setting to some exotic location. That sounds like it would work!

And in fact, it does. If "the Hangover" never existed, "the Hangover 2" would be the funniest movie ever. In fact, it is funnier than "the Hangover" -- more debauchery, funnier gags and boundary pushing make "the Hangover 2"and incredibly wild romp. Stu (Ed Helms) is getting married in Thailand and his friends Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galafianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) will be joining him for his destination wedding. However, a wild night two days before Stu's wedding finds the "Wolf pack" in a shady hotel in a mysterious place. Will they get to the wedding in time? And who is missing?

If you have watched "the Hangover", then you know the plot here. We are talking nearly scene-for-scene carbon copy with just a palette swap. Boys want to go on trip, groom-to-be meets father-in-law, they pick up Alan, they go to destination, they party, they wake up, hilarity ensues. While there is no originality in plot design, the creativity and uniqueness lies in the gags and delivery. Some scenes will have you either cringing in disgust or turned over in your seat in laughter.

What makes this franchise so popular though, is the chemistry between the "Wolf Pack". Stu, Phil and Alan are the perfect eclectic mix -- the smart and conservative dentist, the handsome and charismatic teacher, and the wild stay at home son. The trio work very well together.

Don't miss out. Catch "the Hangover 2" tonight at the Tango Theatres. Sure, the story looks really familiar. But trust me, you've never seen anything like it.

4 out of 5 stars.

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