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23 April 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Exclusive

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The Hangover: Part 2

Todd Phillips' Hangover trilogy checks out next month with the concluding part likely to add a motza to the billion-plus dollars banked so far. Commercial success came much more easily than critical plaudits for The Hangover Part II though, a fact that clearly still rankles with the director.

"Yes, we do a wake-up and a blackout", Phillips protests of those accusations that he and co-writers Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong merely repeated the formula, "but every joke in Hangover II is completely different. My feeling is that it's the better movie of the two."

With the third movie promising to slam on the brakes and head in a different direction - Alan (Zach Galifianakis) drops off his meds when his father dies and falls in with Mr Chow's (Ken Jeong) crazed, Point Blank-style revenge mission - the director feels that the second instalment is ripe for re-evaluation. "I think it's human nature that any time people want to try something for a second time, people go to a negative. I think in five or ten years time, people will come to realise how brilliant Hangover II is."

Returning to join Alan for Part III are Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha), not to mention a few familiar faces from The Hangover. "An unequivocal end" is how Phillips describes it. In keeping with a few other franchise sequels, it will be a darker ride than its predecessors. "People die in this movie," Phillips reveals. "Nobody's died in them before."

The Hangover Part III is in UK cinema on May 24. Catch the trailer here or pick up the June issue of Empire on Thursday April 25 for much more on the movie...


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Posted by edwar233 at 21:52 on 24 April 2013 | Report This Post

He's only saying that Part II was better than the first film because he wrote it and not the first, and he's written the next one as well. Part II has more or less the same plot as number 1, they lose someone and have to get them back before a wedding. Alan turns out to have drugged them, Stu gets disfigured and does stuff with another woman and they get involved with criminal activity before Stu suddenly realises what happened and racing against time. More

Posted by chocolategiddyup91 at 22:29 on 23 April 2013 | Report This Post

Yes, Hangover 2 is lazy. By the way, if someone has to die in Part 3, I hope it's Ken Jeong. I can't watch that guy anymore after Transformers 3 and Hangover 2... Unfunniest, most irritating guy in the movies! More

Posted by Toursiveu at 22:06 on 23 April 2013 | Report This Post

Easy Remedy
'It annoys' you when people call it 'lazy'? Easy way to remedy that, Mr Phillips - don't make the same film! Boom! More

Posted by Silvio Mugabe at 18:21 on 23 April 2013 | Report This Post

The Man Protests Too Much
You can tell a bad comedy because the actors are desperately overdoing things to get laughs and that's the feeling I got from Hangover II. It was just stale. Another way you can tell if a comedy isn't great is if the bloopers at the end are way funnier and they were for Hangover II. It didn't really work. Five or ten years won't change that. More

Posted by BenTramer at 18:07 on 23 April 2013 | Report This Post

Self-Awareness
"I think in five or ten years time, people will come to realise how brilliant Hangover II is." That's a pretty lame thing to say about your own movie. Sounds kind of deluded. More

Posted by Madhava at 16:33 on 23 April 2013 | Report This Post

All I know is the cinema I was in, full of people (quite probably full of people who very much enjoyed the first one - of which I was one) watched the film and there were very VERY few laughs. More

Posted by JediBobster at 16:21 on 23 April 2013 | Report This Post

Recently re-watched II funnily enough. It's not terrible, just nowhere near as quote-able or memorable as the first. But yeah, it kinda is a bit lazy and the focus is on the wrong characters. But whatever. More

Posted by TheWitherall at 15:28 on 23 April 2013 | Report This Post

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