R-rated comedy of the summer, Hangover 2

Sandra Varner’s Celebrity Profiles

Oakland Post Entertainment Columnist reports on the much ballyhooed, R-rated comedy of the summer, Hangover 2.  Curiosity is high, audiences are counting down to the sequel of the “bad boy buddies” who lost their way, and nearly their lives during a bachelors pre-wedding splurge in Las Vegas.

Filmmaker Todd Phillips clearly made this one for the boys, holding back nothing and exposing everything in the sequel– that brims with teen boy thrills, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images.

When we last we saw them in 2009, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) had had a night of drunken revelry in Las Vegas that included a tiger, a lost tooth, a pimp and a missing groom.  The search for the groom kept you at rapt attention.

In part deux, while the storyline expands making way for new cast members (Paul Giamatti, Mason Lee, Jamie Chung) and returning favorites (Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor), only a beguiling monkey, doubling as a drug-runner, punctuates the hilarity, matching the mayhem of the motley crew, blow-for-blow.

Yes, Mike Tyson returns in a way you would never expect, possibly setting the stage for another “boys night out.”

Hangover 2 runs 110 minutes, with few surprises.  This time around, Stu’s wedding to a young, innocent, unsuspecting fiancé is nearly canceled by her disapproving father, rescuing the simple plot.  More intriguing is the Bangkok, Thailand backdrop that adds to the high jinks of their exotic, helter- skelter, racy adventure.

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