The first Hangover movie was awesome. A bunch of dudes waking up and trying to pick up the pieces of the prior night in Las Vegas after a drunken bachelor party they don’t remember. As they try to trace back the night of mayhem to recover the missing member of their group they form a brotherly bond like no other. It was bromance at its best.
The second installment of the Hangover 2 not only shits on the original but also on Thailand and all common sense along with it. The first film was successful because it acted on that very thin line between common sense and insanity but the sequel basically scrapped all common sense out of the window. Here are some of the ridiculously stupid scenes from the Hangover 2
5. Using a foreign cockroach in a country already full of cockroaches
This time round our boys wake up in a seedy hotel in Bangkok. The director, in order to establish that the hotel is a dirty place decides to place a cockroach into the first scene.
This is a fairly standard textbook method of creating an air of dirtiness, however, it would have made more sense if the cockroach in question was not a Madagascar hissing cockroach (from Madagascar). Was this production crew even in Bangkok? Are they trying to say that during their entire time filming in Thailand, they didn’t come across a single cockroach to star in their film? Don’t they realise that the Thailand cockroach actor’s guild would be completely appalled by the fact that they cast a foreign cockroach in a movie based in Thailand? This is as stupid as Lucy Liu playing a Japanese geisha, oh wait, that already happened didn’t it?
Being the first main scene after the prologue scene, this Madagascar cockroach is like a premonition of the shit storm of stupidity that is about to unfold.
4. Cocaine snorting Tibetan monks who take a vow of silence
Buddhism is the national religion of Thailand so you might be able to see that a film like The Hangover 2 portraying it is already a express highway to Shitville.
One of the characters of the Wolfpack encounters is an old monk (uh-oh) who had apparently partied with them the night prior to waking up with their Bangkok hangover. For some reason the monk is dressed in Tibetan monk robes (red and yellow), has taken a vow of silence and at some point was snorting cocaine with the boys.
Firstly, Thai monks dress in yellow saffron robes. Sure we occasionally have the bad monks here but come on, can’t we at least have them dress the part and not take some fictional vow of silence? Newsflash, I don’t know anyone who has ever met a Thai monk who wears Tibetan robes who has taken a vow of silence.
My question is, why did they even bother putting in Buddhist monks? The scenes involving him weren’t even funny, just plain shocking. Here are some choice scenes:
- The silent old monk is at one point addressed as a “bald asshole”.
- A monkey sucking on the pretend erection of the monk followed by a character saying, “a monkey suckin on a boner is funny in any language” yeah, if you are seven-years-old.
- In one scene the characters look at a photograph of the monk snorting a line of cocaine.
3. “Bangkok has him”
“Bangkok has him”, a line uttered by the characters after they fail to locate Teddy (the younger brother of the Thai bride-to-be) is by far one of the stupidest things ever uttered in movie history. This line is said as the characters are standing on top of a tall building looking down on the Bangkok skyline. It paints out Bangkok to look like some over-dramatised fictional monster ready to devour the innocent and naïve. But who is this innocent and naïve person that the monster has eaten? Answer: a 16-year-old Thai national. Bangkok has him? No, Bangkok doesn’t have him, he was lost by a bunch of idiots who couldn’t write a proper script. Saying “Bangkok has him” is as stupid as saying that “New York has him” about an American teenager. This demonising of Thailand is seriously on par with Nicolas Cage’s Bangkok Dangerous.
Bangkok can be a crazy place, I agree, but it’s not that crazy. We have our ladyboys, cheap drugs and booze, cheap women and gangsters but why would you even say something like “Bangkok has him” to begin with? Are we blaming a geographical area for the disappearance of a boy instead of the idiots that were his guardians? Nope, instead they kept repeating over and over again “Bangkok has him now”, squeezing out every ounce of cheesiness the could out of that stupid line.
2. The world’s most forgiving father-in-law
Picture this, you’re a father and your beautiful daughter is getting married to Stu, a nerdy looking foreigner who looks like he has the backbone of a jellyfish. On the day of the wedding this groom-to-be disappears and returns very late with a tattoo on his face. But that’s not all he came back with, he rescued Teddy! From who? From him! Not only was your son drugged and hungover but he’s also missing a finger!
Then instead of being apologetic about everything, Stu, the tattooed dentist yells at you and berates you in front of all your friends. The question now is, what would you do?
- Beat the living shit out of the guy.
- Get all your friends and beat the living shit out of the guy.
- Get all your friends and beat the living shit out of the guy and his stupid friends.
- Nod like a bitch and accept him into the family because he insulted you in front of everyone.
Any respectable father would pick 1, 2 or 3 NOT 4 but since we’re talking about arguably one of the most insanely stupid movies ever made the father picked 4, despite the fact that he already declared openly how much he hated his future son-in-law ten minutes into the movie. He just nodded like a bitch and let this face-tattooed kidnapper into the family with open arms and a big smile. Sounds about right yeah?
1. Geography and common sense is irrelevant
Stu’s wedding takes place on a beautiful resort island with tall narrow islands peppering the landscape. This sort of scene is only found on the Andaman side of the Thai peninsula. You following me? Andaman side. Bangkok’s waterways opens up into the Gulf of Siam, the East side of the peninsula, i.e. NOT the Andaman side.
The night prior to the titular Hangover event, the boys get drunk and drugged up on the beach and miraculously made it to Bangkok on a small speed boat. Unless that little speed boat is armed with a miniature nuclear reactor and a pair of jet wings, there is no way on earth it can cross land and that 700km distance in one go.
The final scene of the movie cements all forms of stupidity into one minute. After locating the missing boy, Teddy, they only have a short amount of time to reach the wedding but how will they get there? In that very same speed boat they came in of course! You know, the one that could fly across space, time and logic! Because, at this point the audience has already given up trying to make any sense of this movie anyway!
With only a 35% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie is not going to win any awards except for the Raspberries. It really is a shame, the acting was superb, the camera angels capturing the Asian City of Angels were at times just beautiful but all of it was ruined when they decided that they could simply recycle the plot from the last film, change the setting and take away all common sense. I was genuinely hoping to finally see a realistic film that truly captures the chaos of a crazy night out in Bangkok but sadly, my sense of reality could only be suspended so far before it ventures into the realm of the insanely stupid.