Hangover 2 – The BigBabyKenny.com Movie Review

| May 16, 2011 | 51 Comments | 30,224 views

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.

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  1. Mrs. Cheesecake says:

    “Good mindless entertainment.” – No question that for this reason you enjoyed it so much.

    What a shitty review.

  2. RealDaffyDuck says:

    Hey get off my get turf. I used to get all the invites to Warner Brothers pre-srceenings down there in Burbank. Just because I’ve been banned due to my stalking activities doesn’t mean you have to rub my nose in it

    I bet you don’t have a WHITE iPhone

    Huh!

  3. Real Daffy Duck says:

    http://bigbabykenny.com/?p=4251#comment-91904 is not me.

    Don’t expect Kenny to correct it. Only his friends like Prufrock have the names protected.

    I have been to invited to many screenings at the Warners Bros. lot.

    It’s not such a big deal lots of people get invited so it doesn’t mean Kenny is a VIP.

  4. Fake Mr. Cheesecake says:

    I suspect neither comments are from Daffy Duck. Fake comments are out of control now.

    Why Kenny won’t change it? He knows it’s not Daffy. I think he wants to bait Prufrock.

  5. Real Daffy Duck says:

    I comment here all the time because I know I will get plenty of attention from Prufrock. He just can’t tolerate the fact that I am smarter, wealthier and better looking than him. Not to mention I have personality.

    Nobody listens to him anyway.

    He’s irrelevant.

  6. Mr. Haha says:

    Editor’s note: Personal information redacted.

    Hahaaa! “Like Rex Reed.” – Instant Classic:

    News Ch.9: Now as part of our weekend preview, we turn it over to our own KCAL movie critic ….

    ////: I had the great pleasure of being a special invitee to The Hangover 2. This movie, filmed in the streets of Bangkok, brought back my own fond memories of many a drunken morning waking up dazed and confused in the Land of Smiles. Much like a poker player who can’t get a proper read on his opponents…bla-bla-bla (in an it’s all about me manner)……A great example of this character is the close to the line ex-pat…bla-bla-bla…….This scene reminds me of the time I bribed my way out of a traffic ticket. There’s a proper way to approach this…bla-bla-bla……and in closing, let me say if you don’t want this to happen to you, only go after the “good girls” that you find at Buddhist Shrines.

    News Ch.9: Thank you for that “interesting” review Mr. ….

    …..: Did I mention I was a special invitee? I am a ROCKSTAR!!!

    As for the “all of the sudden”, you may be onto something. Perhaps it’s related to the departure of the CSUN President. Therefore, Mr. …. is exploring other professional options. Movie critic, restaurant critic. How hard can it be?

  7. Big Black Gulliver - Haha! says:

    I don’t believe a word you wrote. Kenny doesn’t have many friends let alone those who would get him into a movie premiere. That review could have been written merely be watching the trailer.
    I suspect it was written to bait Daffy to post.

  8. Skidmarks says:

    I admit I used to read the Dummy site but now its getting a little weird. There’s Daffy and his never ending reports about his adventures in Koh Chang. In every report he can’t stop mentioning the 7 year old boy he’s brought along with him, as well as posting pictures of him. What’s that all about? 

    Then there’s BigBlackGulliver. I always thought the guy was a loser and his reports over there have confirmed it

    To top it off they just cannot resist from posting their utter garbage on here no matter how many times they insist they don’t

    Guys just piss off please

    Ex Dummy reader
    Mark

  9. Real Fake Real Daffy Duck says:

    Who am I? Even Kenny doesn’t know.

    Hahaha

  10. Fake Fake Daffy Duck says:

    Prufrock misses me so I must come here every day.

    Hahaha Hehehe Hohoho

  11. Duck Daffy Duck says:

    Please everyone come here and give BBK traffic.

    I post here because I know everyone hates me.

    Toodles

  12. Real Daffy Goat says:

    Come on Prufrock. Say something that will end the world.

    Oh yea, that’s later today.

    Do you have a theory of the conspiracy type on that?

    Toodles

  13. Rhetorical Question says:

    @Real Fake Daffy Duck.

    Do you think Rockstar Kenny really cares?

    Hahahahahaha!

  14. Prufrock says:

     
    @ Real Daffy Goat
    You do yourself a gross disservice.
    Do the efforts of you and your foolish friends and oafish drinking buddies
    not fall (predictably)  of the mark when you attempt to attach nonsense
    like “rapturism and  the end of the world” to me
    Prufrock and his occasional (admittedly bleak) reminders to you and your ilk
    of what we all see as glimpses of truth?
     
     
    In spite of all your puerile efforts to posit and to ceaselessly embroider a contrary impression,
    is it not pretty much trues that your life (so far) has been  a series of personal humiliations and
    a complete waste of opportunities and resources.
    A living hell, in other words? With the odd  ice cream break ;-?
     
     
    Indeed, for years now,(with the most fleeting regard for spelling and syntax) I have been posting as
    Prufrock the central character in TS ELiot’s work.
     
    Recently the pompous and self-important fag
    Saphan Loy  plagiarized one of my other favourite poems of Eliot.
    One in which the Greatest American Poet
    does allude to the way he expects the world will end.
     
     
    If we had to pick a starting point, we could say that with accelerating inevitability this “end”  had been creeping
    into play since the turn of the 20th Century  .
    So let’s say to be safe and to spare ourselves the indignity soon to be felt in rapture circles and say
    sometime in the next three or four or maybe five millennia the world, at least as an environment in which
    our present biophysical needs can be sustained, will have phased itself out.
     
    By then we’ll have had ten Fukushima’s tossed into the hopper along with everything else.
     
    On the subject of plagiarism I would just remind Saphan Loy that  is common courtesy to attribute
    “similarities of style” as well as outright line-by-line appropriations of the work of other writers. (living and dead)
    So I must remind  siphon Loy that Hedda Hopper, Dorothy Kilgallen, and Kitty Carlyle  are worthy of attribution
    and it would be common courtesy to do so.
     
    Failing that, he might consider developing his own style as Mundy B has done.
    Or there’s that burgeoning love affair opportunity that daphne’s incessantly alluding to.



    **************
    Life is . . . . very . . . . . . long.

    Between the desire
    And the spasm

    Between the potency
    And the existence

    Between the essence
    And the descent

    Falls . . . . the Shadow

     
    For Thine is the Kingdom

    For Thine is . . . . . .
    Life is . . . . .
    For Thine is the . . . . .

    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.

     
    http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/tseliot/1076
     
    “You feel me, h0mes  ;-?”
     
    Not a chance

  15. ThePrufrock says:

    Prufrock, are we that stupid that we can’t see we’re being made to look a fool? Can’t we figure that out or is this another way we’re attempting to gain some credibility?

    Yes. Yes we are that stupid.

  16. PrufrockTheTosser says:

    Prufrock is in his own mental wasteland. He has been for a long time. Look at his comments. Next time you see him walking down the street notice how he *never* walking with anyone else. Notice how he is *always* sitting alone in a gogo bar or pub.

    That says quite a bit.

    If you do a search on antisocial behavior, loners, and match that against people who have unhealthy obsessions about government conspiracies you find that these people often become the Timothy McVeighs of the world. They’re the type of people who become “person’s of interest” in serial shootings, rapes and wind up on FBI watch lists.

    Yes, there’s a reason people keep their distance from Prufrock. Nobody wants to be close to him when he loses it an goes postal. His final attempt to become *relevant*.

  17. The Ref says:

    You’re right Prufrock..
    All this hate – simply because you ask folks to question?
    Me thinks it sure is a case of
    “The Duck Doth Protesteth Too Much”
    For sure.

  18. 911 Was an Inside Job says:

    Nuff said.

  19. Mr Anderson says:

    Agent Smith – Your time is up.

  20. adman says:

    Prufrock. Don’t you tire of posting under all the different alias’ to give yourself support?

    Spare me the “it’s not me”. It’s obvious it is.

    In additionI haven’t forgotten that you’ve admitted to doing so in the past.

    Here’s some real news for everyone – Kenny’s abandoning you and started a new website. He’s begun posting his articles there.

    Kenny knows there’s more traffic on “BigDummy”Kenny and decided to make the announcement there.

    I could provide the link but I know nobody here wants to give that site any traffic, so I won’t.

    Hahaha Hehehe Hohoho

    P.S. Kenny, you still take shitty photos in marginal light. Read up on the subject. There’s plenty of online content on how to do it with your model camera without the blur!

  21. adman says:

    p.s
    i’m still a faggot 😉

  22. Prufrock says:

     
    @ adman Whistling in the dark again I see. I’ve spent the last five hours having a few drinks with
    Bangkok expats I’ve known since before you even heard of the place. That’s right.
    And later?  Covered with women in bars.
    (I, ah, do not need a cheering section for that.)
     
    So guess again you salad-tossing sycophant .
     
    daffy’s lying to everyone when he says he doesn’t post here.
    Kenny owes daffy big-time for more than a few of the hits.
     
     
    daffy lies ?? of course daffy lies.
    He’s built a career on it.
    His airplane wing/window/registration number was a full-on
    functional fixedness fantasy tell from the days he used to spend crafting
    animated artifacts for some little business in Burbank.
     
    I’ve asked around.
    The  “Alias alums” have all been treated to samples of daffy’s posts from here, from on the Dummy site and
    a while back on the Bangkok Tonight site.
     
    With the market flooded with Airplane wing animators there’s no need
    to hire “difficult people” anymore.  daffy knows this. Tried stripping out great whacks of his snide shit from
    Bangkok Tonight. Bit late for that 😉
     
    He’s well known on the job as an asshole who can dish it out but would never be able to take it.
     
    A huge pussy.
     
    Nobody wants to know this guy for any longer than they need to.
     
    No principles daffy, you have no principles. None.
    As a man? You fucking reek.
    You just reek.
     
    Just one large pathetic suck-ass internet bully.
     
    Keep it coming you lying cunt.
     
     
     

  23. The Judge says:

    Prufrock is caught playing his name game once again.

    This boy needs some time in rehab.

    Case closed.

  24. Bill Simmons says:

    Dear Sir,
     
    I enjoyed your review of the movie and am looking forward to seeing it soon at a local theater here in New Jersey.   I am somewhat disheartened to see that in a comedy movie they did not delve deeper into the socioeconomic issues that drive women to prostitution.  I always felt that this was an area that a comedy movie could deal with in a sincere manner that would allowed the movie going public to see details of socioeconomics that are usually left for documentaries.
     
    I am dishearten to hear that Thailand does not feature more prominently in the film.  As I have just re-viewed the original film I noticed in that one that although taking place in Las Vegas that Las Vegas did not play prominently in the film.  I was also disappointed that the first film did not pay more attention to the foreclosure crisis that is taking place in Las Vegas.
     
    I am also glad to be back to your site.  As you may be aware I am an old man, and have suffered some medical miladies that have kept me away from the computer but things are looking up, and the prognosis for me is good.
     
    Your pal,
     
    Bill Simmons
     
     

  25. king of conspiracy says:

    i am prufrock

  26. English Prodessor says:

    Rhetorical question.

    Would you rather sit in a GoGo

    1) alone like Prufrock.
    2) next to big fat sweaty drunk Werewolf who smells like a dirty gym sock
    3) next to Young Penfold knowing 20 minutes ago a dudes penis was up his ass and he enjoyed it.
    4) next to Young Penfold knowing 20 minutes age his tongue was up a dudes rectum, he swallowed everything he slurped up, and enjoyed it

  27. Name Game says:

    English Professor

    You forgot one item:

    5) All of the above

    BigBabyKenny

  28. Say It Again says:

    Shut the fuck up Prufrock. Fucking retard. Nobody believes the shit you say.

  29. roger ebert says:

    The Hangover Part II
     
    BY ROGER EBERT / May 24, 2011
     

     
    Cast & Credits
    Phil Bradley Cooper
    Stu Ed Helms
    Alan Zach Galifianakis
    Doug Justin Bartha
    Mr. Chow Ken Jeong
    Kingsley Paul Giamatti
    Mike Tyson Himself
    Sid Garner Jeffrey Tambor

    Warner Bros. presents a film directed by Todd Phillips. Written by Phillips, Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong. Running time: 101 minutes.Rated R (for pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images). Opening at midnight at select locations tonight and in wide release starting Thursday.
     
     
    Printer-friendly »
    E-mail this to a friend »

     
    Is this some kind of a test? “The Hangover, Part II” plays like a challenge to the audience’s capacity for raunchiness. It gets laughs, but some of them are in disbelief. As if making sure no one was not offended, it has a montage of still photos over the closing titles that include one cruel shot that director Todd Phillips should never, ever have used. The MPAA‘s elaboration of the film’s R rating says the movie has “pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images.” Also other stuff. Maybe their space was limited.
    It’s not that I was shocked. This is a raunch fest, yes, but not an offense against humanity (except for that photo, which is a desecration of one of the two most famous photos to come out of the Vietnam War). The movie has its share of laughs. There’s a wedding toast that deserves some sort of award for deliberate social embarrassment. And Alan (Zach Galifianakis), the character who stole much of the original 2009 film, walks off with a lot of this one, too.

    If you saw that earlier film (which grossed $485 million, so you may have), there’s not much need for me to describe the plot this time. It’s the same story. Director Todd Phillips seems to have taken “The Hangover” screenplay and moved it laterally from Las Vegas to Bangkok while retaining the same sequence of scenes: Call to bewildered bride to be, flashback to wedding plans, ill-advised bachelor party, four friends waking up with terminal hangovers in unfamiliar hotel room, ominous signs of debauchery, desperate quest to discover what happened, etc.

    As the film opens, a few years have passed. The dentist Stu (Ed Helms) is now the prospective groom. He’s engaged to a beautiful Thai woman named Lauren (Jamie Chung). Her father (Nirut Sirichanya) is not happy. His son, Teddy (Mason Lee), is a brilliant 16-year-old pre-med student at Stanford, and the father tells Stu: “In this country, we do not consider a dentist a doctor.” At a pre-wedding feast, he calmly and implacably offers a toast comparing Stu to a flavorless rice pudding.

    Then the lads go down to the beach for one (1) beer, and the next thing they know they’re regaining consciousness in a sleazy Bangkok fleabag, Stu has a facial tattoo, and young Teddy is missing, except for a severed finger wearing a Stanford class ring. That sets off their search through the city’s underbelly for people who might be able to help them reconstruct the missing hours? Days? Let me just observe that no search of the Bangkok underbelly that involves Ping-Pong balls is going to be altogether reassuring.

    Their adventures are punctuated by a series of behavioral eruptions by Alan (Galifianakis), who links passive aggression with clueless trouble-making. These interventions have a certain charm, but Alan’s funniest scene takes place in his own bedroom, before he ever gets to Thailand. Describing himself as a “stay-at-home son,” he issues commands to his mother through a speaker system and seems determined to remain a fanboy for life. This character, as seen in this scene, could inspire a movie of its own that I would pay good money to see. (Galifianakis should regrow his hair, however; I like him looking like a shaggy bear more than like the bouncer in a biker bar.)

    I’m no expert, but I’ve been to Bangkok, and while the city no doubt has a seamy side, let it be said that much of “The Hangover, Part II” plays like an anti-travelogue paid for by a rival tourist destination — Singapore, maybe. Some of its surprises would shock only those who know little about the city’s sex workers, but others are truly unexpected, including the appearance of Paul Giamatti as a crime boss, and Nick Cassavetes as a tattoo artist. The gangster Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) is back, still in need of serious tranquilizing.

    While many weekend comedies these days seem too timidly in search of the PG-13, “The Hangover” embraced its R, and “Part II” seems to be testing the MPAA‘s patience. I wonder if there will be an unrated director’s cut. The sequel repeats the medical miracle of the first film, in that the characters are able to regain consciousness after horrifying debauches and quickly return to the land of the living. In real life, they’d check into themselves into an emergency room.

  30. Prufrock says:

     

    @ the lovely and talented “adman” who for the tenth time took to whining rhetorically (something

    that’s admired for its ingenuity and aplomb more idiotic and self-congratulatory expat circle jerk

    forums) on : May 31, 2011 at 10:30 am

    >>Prufrock. Don’t you tire of posting under all the different alias’ to give yourself support?<<

    Comment:

    It wouldn’t be so silly, “adman” but for the degree to which you see this moronic US 3rd-rate
    education stamp as something of a clever lawyerly gambit.
    It isn’t.
    It’s pure Rush Limbaugh. It’s “Shawn” Hannity at his best, it’s Thrill O’Reilly at his most imbecilic. It’s boney-assed Ann Coulter at “its” most “gawd-I’m-a-hot-right-wing-mamma” most vomit producing.

    Dude, If that’ as an internet swordsman is all you can come up with, you really fucking reek, adman.

    A little above slime-toad BBG and a little below our (impossible-even-with-Photoshop) airplane wingwalker daphne but nonetheless you are in the same odoriferous “reek rainbow” as the slop that dribbles out of those soi 25 garbage bags ot from a Siamese Twins hostess’s handbag at  2:00 am pick-up.

    Therefore to respond in the spirit and the  literary style you seek to emulate . . . . . . . . I really must ask :

    “Don’t you tire of posting under “adman” to accuse rapidly swelling legions of Prufrock supporters and the blogospere’s and Bangkok’s growing number of geopolitically aware citizens that anyone who supports Prufrock or Prufrock’s generous contributions to their intellectual lives must be a “sock puppet”.

    Dude, the only positive aspect to this “old lady” pissing-and-moan self-serving gossip style of yours is that we know that it’s put up there by somebody who calls himself   “adman”  . . . . . um, today.

    You tuitionally-challenged, gossip-flinging, self-fingering old  blog-squaw.

    There are plenty of “small bus” blogs that might appreciate your pathetic contribution to the conversation.

  31. Angus Johnston says:

    Editor’s note: Personal information redacted.

    Let’s say you ……

  32. Angus Johnston says:

    Editor’s note: Personal information redacted.

    Let’s say …….

  33. Angus Johnston says:

    Editor’s note: Personal information redacted.

    Let’s say ……

  34. Angus Johnston says:

    Editor’s note: Personal information redacted.

    Wrong.

  35. END OF STORY says:

    Editor’s note; Personal information redacted.

    what is it kenny didn’t want posted? Did a search of Angus Johnston and kenny and I see no personal information. It’s all common knowledge from ….. oh my – guess kenny didn’t want to be reminded of that.

    END OF STORY

  36. Fan of the first Hangover says:

    Wait for it on video.  Not worth the price of admission, even third world prices.  Few laughs.

  37. curious george says:

    who the hell is this prufrock? he sounds like one deranged dumb-ass mother fucker.

    is his ex-wife really a whore? what type of man does that?

    i think timothy mcveigh is a good description. sums it all up about this loser very well

  38. A frequent customer says:

    @curious george – Correct. P’s ugly ex-wife was and still is a bar whore sucking dicks 7 nights a week. 
    Imagine him kissing her mouth when she came home…

  39. Disgusted says:

    @a frequent customer – This guys lives in thailand and the mother of his daughter is a whore? Oh the humanity. No wonder Thailand has such a shit reputation with guys like this running loose on the streets.

  40. Bill Cooper says:

    @  disgusted curious george customer
    when i reamed your ma – was that disgusting? 🙂
    LMFAO you FUCKING GOATS!!!
    🙂

  41. End Of Story says:

    Hahaha

    Hehehe

    Hohoho

    It’s Prufrock you know.

    End Of Story

  42. do one says:

    The review Kenny has given here just goes to show how little he knows Thailand.  The parents in the movie are Thai ‘Super-stars’.  Take a Thai with you to the movie theatre and you’ll figure that out.
    Many of the streets are recognizable if you actually live here or spend more time here than the average Sex Tourist.
    Kenny, – do one will ya.

  43. BBK Critic of Blog Comments says:

    do one,

    You are not welkome here. Only idiots and morons with inaccurate information, sock puppets and dickhead sycophants are allowed to comment on BigBabyKenny.

    There are many other blogs and forums about Thailand where your accurate and factual comments would be welcome.

    We recommend you find one of those sites as your regular place to comment.

    Please do not comment here again.

    Thank you,
    Management

  44. do one says:

    BBK CoBC
    You are right.  What was I thinking, stating actual facts and truths?
    I shall keep in with the current trend and talk utter garbage and nonsense from now on.
    911 was an inside job.
     

  45. Prufrock - AKA Giant gonorrhea infected vagina says:

    Please lick me Bill. You’re the type of guy I like to swallow.

  46. Nuff Said says:

    Fuckwit review.

    Stupid numpty fuck.

  47. This movie was disappointing – just like this blog.

  48. Let me speculate – BBK reviewed this movie, without ever having actually seen it.

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  51. Keith Zink says:

    Is this some kind of a test? “The Hangover, Part II” plays like a challenge to the audience’s capacity for raunchiness. It gets laughs, but some of them are in disbelief. As if making sure no one was not offended, it has a montage of still photos over the closing titles that include one cruel shot that director Todd Phillips should never, ever have used. The MPAA‘s elaboration of the film’s R rating says the movie has “pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images.” Also other stuff. Maybe their space was limited.
    It’s not that I was shocked. This is a raunch fest, yes, but not an offense against humanity (except for that photo, which is a desecration of one of the two most famous photos to come out of the Vietnam War). The movie has its share of laughs. There’s a wedding toast that deserves some sort of award for deliberate social embarrassment. And Alan (Zach Galifianakis), the character who stole much of the original 2009 film, walks off with a lot of this one, too.

    If you saw that earlier film (which grossed $485 million, so you may have), there’s not much need for me to describe the plot this time. It’s the same story. Director Todd Phillips seems to have taken “The Hangover” screenplay and moved it laterally from Las Vegas to Bangkok while retaining the same sequence of scenes: Call to bewildered bride to be, flashback to wedding plans, ill-advised bachelor party, four friends waking up with terminal hangovers in unfamiliar hotel room, ominous signs of debauchery, desperate quest to discover what happened, etc.

    As the film opens, a few years have passed. The dentist Stu (Ed Helms) is now the prospective groom. He’s engaged to a beautiful Thai woman named Lauren (Jamie Chung). Her father (Nirut Sirichanya) is not happy. His son, Teddy (Mason Lee), is a brilliant 16-year-old pre-med student at Stanford, and the father tells Stu: “In this country, we do not consider a dentist a doctor.” At a pre-wedding feast, he calmly and implacably offers a toast comparing Stu to a flavorless rice pudding.

    Then the lads go down to the beach for one (1) beer, and the next thing they know they’re regaining consciousness in a sleazy Bangkok fleabag, Stu has a facial tattoo, and young Teddy is missing, except for a severed finger wearing a Stanford class ring. That sets off their search through the city’s underbelly for people who might be able to help them reconstruct the missing hours? Days? Let me just observe that no search of the Bangkok underbelly that involves Ping-Pong balls is going to be altogether reassuring.

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