I was invited to a pre-screening of Hangover Part 2, -set in Thailand at the Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank and here is the BigBabyKenny review.
The movie won’t be released in the U.S. for 2 weeks and I’m not sure it will be released in Thailand at all.
If you like the humor of the original Hangover then you’ll Like Hangover 2.
It is basically the same film. Same plot, mostly the same actors, and new but with different versions of the same jokes and gags. Mostly toilet humor and drunks getting into and out of trouble.
I can’t discuss specifics because we were asked not to reveal details about the film prior to its theatrical release but its one long laugh fest from beginning to end.
Think of the similarities between Waynes World and Waynes World 2 and you’ll have the concept of Hangover 2.
The film is set in Thailand but has virtually no Thai content. The writers and directors chose to incorporate nothing about the mindset and socio-economic factors driving the Thailand Girl Scene and there are no real Thai characters featured anywhere in the film.
The Thai fiancé, daughter of a rich Thai father, looks Thai but her personality is vanilla white girl from suburbia.
She sports none of the quirks and traits of Thai girls and, frankly, zero screen time was given to fleshing out her persona. She is barely part of the film and, worse, you don’t get to see her nude or even in a bikini. She isn’t even put in short skirt or a low cut blouse (not that she’s built for one).
The same goes for her Thai family. The patriarch is a vanilla father-in-law who thinks nobody is good enough for his daughter and the younger son is just a generic American college kid. The extended Thai family in the background of some scenes are obviously Thai but they have no speaking scenes. None of the organization, typical areas of friction (money), or the love and caring between extended family is present in Hangover 2.
The wedding takes place at an upscale beach resort that could be any upscale beach resort anywhere in the world except the hostesses are tall leggy Thai women and the rocks sticking out of the lagoon look Phuket-like.
When the characters are driving around Bangkok there are some street scenes you might recognize but none of the places or characters has anything distinctly Thai about it or them.
Most of the Bankgok scense were filmed in Chinatown with one scene featuring a blown up bar in Soi 7/1 but you can’t recognize the street. It looks like any Thai sub soi.
Some scenes are filmed in a Cowboy GoGo but so vanila-ized that it could be a strip club in Muncie Indiana that hired mostly Asian girls. No lap dances. No girls without their panties. No ping pong balls thrown and the main characters have no interactions with the girl except during the expected ladyboy joke sequence.
The bar owners are stock Russian mobster types that could be taken out of any Vin Diesel action movie and the Thai police have the Thainess and corruption bleached out.
The main Asian character, carried over from the original Hangover, is actually Chinese and does business with an American gangster.
There is very little nudity and absolutely no sex so the movie is just a comedy about three goofs getting into and out of trouble.
Good mindless entertainment.