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Wick-Quoting #43: The Hangover Part II

“Well, used to be just baloney, but now they make you add number.”

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Why does Hollywood continue to make bad movies?  Not only is it because Hollywood lacks original content, but it is also because people (like you and me) pay to watch the same kinds of films in order to get the same feeling as we did last time.  The Hangover Part II is one of those movies we pay to see because we know what we will get out of it.  The Hangover Part II is pretty much the same as the first movie – the exact same “wolf pack” in stupid situations.  Only this time, the story lacks basic fundamentals of being believable and humorous.

They're back...

Zack Galianakis, Ed Helms, and Bradley Cooper are again the main stars who go through an unfortunate series of events.  You would think that after what happened last time, the gang would be more cautious of Zack Galianakis’ character, Alan, but no.  They fall for the same trick, get drugged, and do some crazy shit.  You would think that the other characters would steer clear of Alan – he is unreasonable, immature, and unpredictable.  In the first movie, Zack Galianakis is hilarious.  In Due Date, his similar persona is still very entertaining to watch.  Now, in The Hangover Part II, Galianakis’ character is difficult to put up with.  His stupidity made me cringe many times throughout the screening.

Another song

And I know making fun of minorities is a fundamental part in mainstream American comedy.  It is in stand up, movies, television shows, etc.  But I find the making-fun-of-minorities in The Hangover Part II to be overdone and slightly offensive.  From Ken Jeong’s naked fury (yes it happens again) to the awkward Asian college kid, the film plays off on the demasculinity of Asian males that Hollywood has constructed ever since its birth.  Why must the movie have the Asian college kid carrying a stupid grin on his face despite the fact that he lost a finger?  Why must Jeong carry an accent and appear naked all the time?  Why must there be nude transvestites walking around on screen?  Why must Ed Helms’ character marry a hot Asian girl (Jamie Chung) and why must she agree to marry him despite his devilish demeanor?  And most importantly, why must the father be so easily persuaded by Stu’s gibberish and all of a sudden accept Stu as his son-in-law?  Yeah, I got a tattoo on my face, and yeah, your son lost a finger while under my supervision, but fuck, I am going to marry your daughter and you are going to like it!  Oh, yes sir…

Look out, Asian driving

Despite the racially, negative connotations, the film is still funny at parts, but not throughout.  However, I must be missing the joke that everyone else sees, because the movie has made over $350 million already from a budget of only $80 million.  If you want to watch a good comedy, forget The Hangover Part II – just watch the original.  Sure, Part II is mainstream and all, but it has all been done in the prequel – replace the baby with a monkey and Las Vegas with Bangkok and voila, you got yourself a Hollywood film.

5.9

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Wick-Quoting #24: Due Date

Due Date is definitely one of the funniest movies this year.  It stars two actors that come from two very different worlds, Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man 2) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover).

While the movie doesn’t have that much of a rewatch value, there is more story development in Due Date than there is in The Hangover, which was also directed by Todd Phillips.  I’m guessing in this case, fewer main characters allow for greater bonding.  That’s not to say that the movie has a deep story like those movies about inspiring coaches that come out once every two years or so.  You shouldn’t watch Due Date for story, but rather obviously, for humor.  Although the humor is not for everyone.  Some people will probably get easily offended.  Some people…

There's no break

The movie does not allow you to catch your breath: a new conflict arises at every moment.  At one point, they’re in a car chase, and then right when everything seems to have calmed, someone is shot.

Because this is a Hollywood film, it is targeted for the mainstream audience – white males.  This movie, similar to Phillips previous comedy, The Hangover, touches on the relationship between minorities and whites.  In The Hangover, Asians are represented by Ken Jeong’s flamboyant performance.  In Due Date, the black friend’s loyalty is questioned while Latinos are portrayed as hypocrites and druggies.  While all of these stereotypical portrayals are a bit bothersome, they shouldn’t be taken too seriously.  I wonder what race The Hangover 2 will “represent” next.

The film has subtle race conflicts

The film cost 65 million to make but only made around 72 million in the US so far.  Not that great of a success story compared to The Hangover, which not only cost less, but made 277 million in the US only.  It’s no wonder The Hangover 2 is being released.  A Due Date 2 will probably not see the light of day.  Even so, the movie should be rented out for the humor.  Go watch it, or what are you, a girl or something?

7.8


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