|Directed by:||Todd Phillips|
|Written by:||Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong|
|Cast:||Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Liam Neeson, Ken Jeong|
I love Zach Galiafanakis and Todd Phillips, but it seemed like both only participated in this sequel due to popular demand rather than artistic expression. But let's be honest the first film wasn't anything about artistic expression, it was merely the launching pad for Zach's crossover from standup to film.
The second one is just exhausting in its continual pursuit of outdoing the shenanigans of the original film. But we all know its going to be outrageous. We all know Ed Helms is going to have a weird sexual encounter. We all know Zach is going to say stupid fat guy remarks. We all know Chow is going to be the over the top Chinese gangster. We all know Bradley Cooper is going to run his hands through his hair a lot and pull at his sunglasses. And the over saturation of promotional material really didn't help the predictability.
But these guys are still funny. It feels much more forced, as sequels often do, but its still good for a few laughs. There are certainly much worse ways to kill an hour and a half. It was a bit disturbing that this Stanford bound boy genius is supposed to be completely okay with everything that happened just because he got a night to relax. Kind of a stretch. Especially because of one incident that's probably ruined his violin skills showcased near the beginning of the film.
Ed Helms gets the spotlight shifted on him quite a bit in this and I think he handles it well. Bradley Cooper seems to be playing Todd Phillips and Zach G seems over it, so its nice somebody stepped up.
Please no more Hangover movies Todd. You're better than this and if you're going to make a sequel to any of your films, make it Old School already. This movie wasn't some kind of comedy abomination, but I probably wont watch it again. But I wont condemn those that do either.