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MOVIE REVIEWS: THE HANGOVER II

May 26, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Critics are suggesting that The Hangover 2 is not so much a sequel but rather a virtual copy of the original — only less funny. Indeed the critics are virtually copying themselves. Consider: Peter Howell in the Toronto Star: “It’s a stale rehash of the original, losing the element of surprise.” Manohla Dargis in the New York Times: “If you superimposed a diagram that mapped out all the narrative beats, characters and jokes in The Hangover Part II over one for The Hangover, the two would align almost perfectly.” James Verniere in the Boston Herald: “If you liked The Hangover, you’re going to like The Hangover Part II because it is the same movie.” Scott Bowles in USA Today: “Hangover II marks one of the most derivative sequels of the year: The opening and closing scenes are taken almost shot-for-shot from the original. Just substitute Asians for Americans, gross-outs for guffaws.” But Betsy Sharkey warns in the Los Angeles Times that you’d better be a fan of the original if you’re going to catch the latest installment since “the two plots are so intertwined that if you didn’t see the first, you won’t get half of the jokes in the sequel.”