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The Movie Hangover 2 Was Meant To Be (3.5/5 Stars)
on June 20, 2013
Synopsis: Alan (Zach Galifinakis) decides to purchase a giraffe, but his recklessness inadvertently causes his father's heart attack and subsequent death. Fed up with his immaturity and drug abuse, his family decides that he needs to go to intervention. Alan agrees, but only as long as Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) take him to intervention in Phoenix, Arizona. As the men are on their travels, they get sideswiped by Black Doug (Mike Epps) and crime boss Marshall (John Goodman). Marshall abducts Doug for ransom in an effort to get back millions of dollars which were stolen from Marshall by Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong), who has broken out of Thai prison since the end of Hangover 2. The men are tasked with finding Chow and getting the money back, which sends them on a wild goose chase that sees them chasing Chow across the American Southwest and Mexico. As the men chase Chow and attempt to get the money, they reconnect with some of the people they met previously, such as Jade (Heather Graham) and her growing son (who was an infant in the first Hangover movie.) Will the men find Chow? If so, will they maintain an allegiance to Marshall or help Chow along the way? Will Doug get killed before the ransom is delivered? What crazy antics will Chow get them into this time? And will Alan ever grow up?!
This was the movie that Hangover 2 was meant to be: A comedic action film that threw twists and turns along the way. The reason that Hangover 2 was a flop was largely due to the fact that they tried to apply the action formula that was perfected in this movie to the exact same story (more or less) that was told during the first film. Though the movie was critically panned, I laughed harder that this than I did Hangover 2 and found some moments to be as funny as the first. Perhaps the reputation of the second movie made movie critics too cowardly to give this one better praises, but the reputation this one has is wholly unwarranted. No it's not a classic, but it's certainly not a dud, either. In the end, you have a very serviceable sequel that would be a slightly above-average film to watch even if you hadn't seen the other two.
I recommend this for fans of the other Hangover films, action movies, and comedies.