Talkback: Let's Hear About The Hangover Part II

The breakout of Hangover Part II fever has effectively had its run over movie audiences, making for a record-breaking holiday weekend at the box office and officially commencing the discussion: Is it really as bad as the critics say it is? On this quiet post-Memorial Day morning, we're bringing that discussion to Movieline.

Talking points include (but are not limited to):

· Yay? Nay?

· Does it cross the line with Asian stereotypes?

· How was Crystal the Monkey?

· After an $86 million three-day gross and $137 million five-day haul, what percentage drop will the film incur in its week-two box office?

· Are you at peace with the inevitability of a third Hangover installment? And where should the Wolf Pack travel next?

And/or any other subjects you feel need to be raised. Keep it clean, keep it fair. Annnd... take it away!


  • casting couch says:

    I'm guessing this movie will drop at least 40-50% by this time next week.

  • bend says:

    hangover 3: vatican city

  • UncleMikey says:

    Craptastic. Mostly because it didn't want to be a comedy. They went deeper with the characters' dysfunctions and crammed them into the same comic structure as the first movie without bothering to write any jokes. Might've worked as a melodramatic French art film, a straight up noir, a dark comedy or something, but other than that. . .crap. Also penises aren't inherently funny. That'll be all.

  • -Nay
    -Yes, as well as unfunny slight at transgenders
    -Didn't do anything for me.
    -Yes. Outer space.
    While I agree with Uncle Mikey, "craptastic" is too generous.

  • Jim says:

    I keep hearing the arguments "Well what did you want it to be?" and the classic "You should just turn your brain off and you'll enjoy it." I would have enjoyed the hangover premise (the wolfpack waking up then retracing their steps), but why did it need to be another wedding? another missing friend? another animal? more ken jeong (who annoys after 3 minutes of screentime)? Too much of the same.
    55% drop. I'd watch a third one if they tried something NEW.

  • Christopher Rosen says:

    I think the drop is going to be huge — like 65%, at minimum. I also think the third film is sadly inevitable. Hopefully they just do New York next time, and not the obvious choice of Amsterdam.

  • Wellie says:

    More obvious than Tijuana?

  • The Winchester says:

    It's sort of remarkable how Phillips' movies of late have become less funny and more angry and mean spirited, but people continue flocking to them. (For Odin's sake, Downey punches a child in a movie where we're supposed to be rooting for him to get to the birth of his own)
    Here's a thought: Given his anger towards everything, it's possible that the entire "It's just a scene for scene remake of the first" approach to the film was just sort of his "Eff you" to the studio, and maybe even the audience, for just wanting more of the same crap by literally giving them that.
    Of course if that's the case, given the weekend tally he both succeeded and failed.

  • SunnydaZe says:

    I put off watching the first because I expected gross-out/angry humor but when I finally did watch it I loved it. It functioned not only as a comedy but as a mystery as these poor schmucks tried to retrace their drunken steps....
    But, if there was any premise in the history of storytelling which could only work once> "The Hangover" was that premise. That is WHY the first movie works so well and WHY I have no interest in the sequel.