If you have seen the first Hangover, then you have seen the second one… kind of. The Hangover Part II suffers from the Police Academy syndrome, in other words recycle the same jokes and situations in each film with a slightly different spin. This film is a little bit more creative in its new takes on material from the first film. It is like the writers made a checklist of elements of the first movie and made sure to go down the line and check every one of them off. Here is a list of some of the events in the first film that have direct parallels in the new one:
If you have seen both movies, simply skip to the end to see my list of similarities with SPOILERS from both movies.
SPOILERS from the first film, not the new movie.
1. Opening scene – People at a Wedding waiting for a Groom to arrive
2. Phil making the call to Doug’s wife to say that the Wedding is not going to happen
3. The movie backtracks to an earlier point
4. The four friends getting together for a drink since one of them is getting married
5. Alan putting rufis in their drinks, thinking it was ecstasy
6. Doug being kidnapped to reduce his role in the movie to supporting
7. Discovering that Stu has lost his tooth.
8. Finding an animal the morning after
9. The animal leading to another story point
10. Finding the baby and being stuck babysitting it
11. Alan making lewd sexual jokes using the baby
12. Discovering a hint as to what happened to Doug at the beginning of the movie
13. Having to backtrack their steps and solve the mystery of what they did
14. Having to search for a missing friend.
15. Stu discovering that he married a stripper
16. Meeting Eddie, the Chapel owner and businessman
17. Naked Chow jumping out of the trunk and attacking them
18. A cameo appearance by a known personality
19. Watching a video of their insane behavior at Mike Tyson’s house
20. Alan finding out that what he thought was ecstasy were really rufis
21. Phil and Stu finding out that Alan gave all of them rufis.
22. A missing object, Chow’s Bag, that must be retrieved
23. Alan counting cards to win the money they need
24. Stu playing an instrument and singing about the situation they are in
25. Stu realizing at the last minute where their missing friend is
26. Getting to a Wedding as the final goal of the lead characters
27. Traveling at a high rate of speed to get to the Wedding in the nick of time
28. Stu discovering that he pulled out his own tooth
29. Stu telling off his fiancee
30. Discovering pictures of the crazy night and showing them during the end credits.
EVERY ONE of these scenes has a parallel version in this sequel. Some of them are very different takes on the same idea, while others are extremely similar. I guess the filmmakers didn’t want to mess with a winning formula so they used the exact same formula and framework for this film as they did for the first.
Unlike other critics however, I don’t think that this makes The Hangover Part II a bad movie. In some ways, having this many parallel story points is an impressive feat. The plot line involving a character losing a body part and having it regarded so casually almost makes it a bad movie. It is a glaring and unforgivable mistake. What really makes the movie good is the high energy level and some manic and funny performances by the three leads. It is also somewhat darker than the first film. However, a smart viewer will be able to tell when the movie is bluffing. Overall I still found the movie to be enjoyable and funny with great execution by the cast, despite being a little disappointed by the lack of originality. For the third film I hope they wipe the slate clean and come up with a brand new way for this type of situation to go down.
When you go see this movie see of you can help me by adding to my list of story points from the first film that were copied for the new one. I am sure there are some things that I missed.
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And now for a complete list of the 38 scenes/plot points that demonstrate that The Hangover Part II is a remake of the first movie.
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1. Opening scene – People at a wedding waiting for the Groom (Doug) to arrive.
Part II : Waiting for the Groom (Stu) to arrive.
2. Phil making the call to Doug’s wife to say that the Wedding is not going to happen.
Part II : The same
3. The movie backtracks to an earlier point.
Part II : The same
4. The four friends getting together for a drink since one of them is getting married. In the first film on the roof of a hotel.
Part II : having a drink on the beach
5. Alan giving somewhat inappropriate speech on rooftop.
Part II : Alan giving inappropriate speech at Stu’s wedding
6. Alan putting rufis in their drinks, thinking it was ecstasy.
Part II : Alan feeding them drugged marshmallows that he only meant to give to Teddy, a character he doesn’t like
7. Doug being kidnapped to reduce his role in the movie to supporting.
Part II : Doug has to take care of his pregnant wife to prevent him from going with them and limiting his role to a supporting character
8. Discovering that Stu has lost his tooth.
Part II : Discovering the severed finger of Teddy.
9. Finding an animal the morning after, a Tiger.
Part II : a monkey.
10. Chow naked after getting out the trunk of their car in the first film.
Part II : Chow naked the morning after the party when he wakes up
11. The animal leading to another story point. The Tiger results in them going to Mike Tyson’s house and watching the video for clues.
Part II : The monkey works for drug dealers and has Chow’s codes hidden in the jacket.
12. Finding the baby and being stuck babysitting it.
Part II : they get stuck taking care of an old monk in a wheelchair that the police give them custody of.
13. Being given the wrong person. In the first film they are given the wrong Doug.
Part II : At the police station to get Teddy back, the police give them an old monk instead.
14. Alan making lewd sexual jokes using the baby. Alan makes pseudo jerking-off motions on the baby at breakfast
Part II : Alan puts a bottle under the monks clothes to make it look like he is aroused and then involves the monkey in the joke as well.
15. A hint as to what happened to Doug at the beginning of the movie. Seeing the mattress on the roof that indicates that Doug threw it off the roof.
Part II : the power is out so they can’t take the elevator and have to use the stairs. Teddy is stuck in the powerless elevator.
16. Having to backtrack their steps and solve the mystery of what they did.
Part II : The same.
17. Searching for a missing person : Doug.
Part II : Searching for missing person : Teddy
18. Stu discovering that he married a stripper.
Part II : Stu discovering that he had sex with a transsexual stripper
19. Meeting Eddie, the Chapel owner and businessman.
Part II : Eddie is back as Samir, a gun runner and strip club owner.
20. Naked Chow jumping out of the trunk and attacking them.
Part II : after they accidentally think Chow is dead and lock him in a ice machine, when they unlock it to search him, he jumps out and attacks them.
21. Phil gets injured, clawed by a Tiger.
Part II : Phil gets shot.
22. A cameo appearance by Mike Tyson.
Part II : cameo of Mike Tyson again
23. They steal a Tiger from Mike Tyson’s house.
Part II : they kidnap a Monk from a monastary
24. Watching a video of their insane behavior at Mike Tyson’s house.
Part II : Watching a video of their insane behavior on Samir’s Cell Phone video he made
25 Getting tortured by characters that they stole from : at the Police Station in the first film being tased by the kids.
Part II : At the monastery, the monk beating them with the staff.
26. Alan realizing that drug-dealer Doug gave him rufis instead of ecstasy.
Part II : Alan realizing he mixed up the marshmallows and drugged them again
27. Phil and Stu finding out that Alan gave all of them rufis.
Part II : Alan admitting to them that he had them eat drugged marshmallows
28. A missing object, Chow’s Bag with the money he won, that must be retrieved.
Part II : Chow’s codes need to be retrieved from the monkey’s jacket so that Chow can make a money transfer and they can get Teddy back.
29. Alan demonstrating an extraordinary skill or ability in a clutch situation : Counting cards to win the money they need.
Part II : Alan meditating with Monks to remember what happened the night before.
30. Falsely believing they will be getting their friend back. In the first film, they think they are getting Doug back, but get the drug dealer doug instead.
Part II : They make a deal for Chow to give a criminal Kingpin some money through a computer transaction as a trade for Teddy, as it turns out the Criminal is really a cop and it was a sting operation, they never had Teddy in the first place so they don’t get Teddy back.
31. Stu playing the piano and singing about the situation they are in.
Part II : Stu playing a guitar and singing about the situation they are in.
32. Stu realizing at the last minute that Doug is on the roof.
Part II : Stu realizing at the last minute that Teddy is stuck in the elevator
33. Getting to a wedding as the final goal of the lead characters.
Part II : The same
34. Alan helping with a key element of getting to the Wedding on time : having tuxedos delivered to their car while driving on the highway.
Part II : Alan is the only one of them that knows how to drive a speedboat
35. Traveling at a high rate of speed to get to the Wedding in the nick of time in a car
Part II : in a speedboat
36. Stu discovering that he pulled out his own tooth.
Part II : Finding out that Teddy chopped his own finger with a knife.
37. Stu telling off his fiancee.
Part II : Stu telling off the father of his fiancee
38. Discovering pictures of the crazy night and showing them during the end credits.
Part II: The same
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