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article imageOp-Ed: The 'wolf pack' returns for a second hangover in Hangover II Special

By Lewis McCathie     May 29, 2011 in Entertainment
This weekend The Hangover:Part II rose straight to number one in the box office standings, taking over $30 million already, and I would say this is totally deserved having seen it this weekend.
As you will probably know, the much-anticipated sequel to 2009 box office smash 'The Hangover' has been slated by critics following its release. The movie maintains the same format of the first; with the 'wolf pack' of Phil, Stu and Alan waking up with a head-thumping hangover, wondering "what the hell happened last night?!".
Consequently this has lead critics, such as LA Times, to criticise director Todd Phillips for maintaining the same style that netted the initial film over $400 million in 2009.
However, along with the whole audience, I loved it.
Yes, many elements of the first movie are repeated, yet it still works. The charisma of Ed Helms (Stu) Zach Galifianakis (Alan) and Hollywood's new breakout star Bradley Cooper (Phil) works perfectly. Ken Jeong is hilarious as the cocaine-snorting Asian 'gangsta' Mr Chow.
Even if you haven't seen the first one, you will probably still enjoy this wild ride, as Stu wakes up with the Mike Tyson face tattoo, Alan is bald, and a cigarette smoking monkey jumps out of nowhere, you can suspect in the early stages that you are in for an adrenaline-filled adventure, rivalling its predecessor in Vegas two years ago.
They once again party hard, but this time it's the more murky city of Bangkok. At times you will gasp, as this is much more raunchier and dirtier than before, with harsher language and explicit scenes, showing how Stu has a real weakness for a prostitute once again.
There are plenty laughs to be had, with Mr Chow and Alan coming out with the one-liners:
"I wish monkeys had Skype," - one of the many funny Alan quotes.
"We had a sick night bit***s!" - from crazy Mr Chow, played by the entertaining Ken Jeong.
Examiner sums this movie up: only 32% of movie critics liked it, whereas a massive 94% of the public enjoyed it. Throughout it's well-written with clever dialogue and a fun storyline. Even though it might feel like the same again, I felt like I was partying it up like one of the 'wolf pack'.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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