Screen Junkies » the hangover part II http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:59:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 What’s Playing This Weekend? (May 27th) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/whats-playing-this-weekend-may-27th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/whats-playing-this-weekend-may-27th/#comments Sat, 28 May 2011 00:34:04 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213942 What better way to honor their memory than by spending your extra day off watching a movie about a talking smart-alec panda that knows kung fu?

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Another week is behind us, and another weekend is upon us. And while all weekends are cause for celebration, this one in particular is special, at least for those of us living in the U.S. Yes, it’s Memorial Day, a time for careful reflection on and remembrance of those brave men and women who laid down their lives for our country. With that in mind, what better way to honor their memory than by spending your extra day off watching a movie about a talking smart-alec panda that knows kung fu? If your grandpa’s brother were here instead of at the bottom on the Pacific Ocean, I’m sure he’d be doing the same thing.

So, what’s playing? Let me tell you…

The Hangover: Part II

If you haven’t looked at a paper, watched TV, or gone on line for the past two months, maybe you can be forgiven for no knowing that The Hangover: Part II is here.

‘Hangover Part II’ Teaser Warms Your Frat Boy Heart

And it seems whether or not you love it or hate it, everyone agrees that it’s basically the exact same movie as the original, except with a darker tone.

Best Review
This is everything we loved about The Hangover and more all new epic, outrageous comedy.

Fred Topel – ScreenJunkies.com

Worst Review
One of the most uninspired and unoriginal sequels you’ll ever see. Or not see, if you’re lucky.

Richard Roeper – RichardRoeper.com

Our Recommendation
Well, our own Fred Topel liked it, so I’m going to default to him. That said, this film is currently at 33% on Rotten Tomatoes, which means that he is certainly in the minority. So if you don’t agree with Fred, you basically hate minorities.
 

Kung Fu Panda II

As far as talking bears that know kung fu are concerned, Kung Fu Panda has to be one of the most famous.

Everybody Is Still Kung Fu Fighting In ‘Kung Fu Panda 2′ Trailer

And according to the overwhelming consensus, this followup to the original does not disappoint.

Best Review
The animation is elegant, the story is much more involving than in the original, and there’s boundless energy.

Roger Ebert – The Chicago Sun-Times

Worst Review
Accomplishes the depressingly familiar mathematical trick of being both more and less than its predecessor.

A.O. Scott – New York Times

Our Recommendation
With nearly 80% of critics liking the film, who are we to say you shouldn’t see it? But do keep in mind that if you’re over the age of 30 and you go to the film alone, you will be mistaken for a pedophile.
 

Tree of Life

Terrence Malick‘s newest film, Tree of Life, won the coveted Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Brad Pitt's Kids Need A Good Belting In 'Tree Of Life' Clip

If your immediate response is “That sounds gay,” this movie probably isn’t for you. Go see The Hangover: Part II.

Best Review
Some will dismiss its overarching themes and elliptical visuals as pretentious. Others might question its quasi-biblical images. But the artistry in every frame is undeniable.

Claudia Puig – USA Today

Worst Review
[Malick is] a meticulous visionary who knows where to place a camera, but he hasn’t a clue about how to tell a story with simplicity and coherence.

Rex Reed – New York Observer

Our Recommendation
If you fancy your self a film buff, or at the very least a wanna be film snob, this film is a must see, especially if you’re lucky enough to live in a city where it’s playing. Also, if you can, go stoned.

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‘The Hangover Part II’ Is Going To Make A Lot Of Money http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-hangover-part-ii-is-going-to-make-a-lot-of-money/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-hangover-part-ii-is-going-to-make-a-lot-of-money/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 18:39:01 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213733 Surprise!

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Hang onto your chairs, folks, because this news is going to shock you so hard your parents’ grandparents will feel it. The sequel to the massively popular comedy The Hangover, starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and more, has grossed $10 million in midnight showings alone, putting it well on its way to making over $100 million this Memorial Day Weekend.

6 photosNew ‘Hangover 2′ Posters Are Sick, Bro


In case you’re interested in such things, this would make The Hangover Part II the first live-action comedy to even get within spitting distance of making $100 million in one weekend. The other movie to come close is Bruce Almighty at $67 million, proving once and for all that America might like God, but they love drunken hijinks even more. (CinemaBlend)

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The Hangover Part II http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-hangover-part-ii/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-hangover-part-ii/#comments Tue, 24 May 2011 16:49:18 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210928 Director: Todd Phillips Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis Synopsis: Phil, Stu, and Alan travel to Bangkok for Stu’s wedding only to find themselves in another post-blackout misadventure. Release...

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Director: Todd Phillips

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis

Synopsis: Phil, Stu, and Alan travel to Bangkok for Stu’s wedding only to find themselves in another post-blackout misadventure.

Release Date: May 26, 2011

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‘Hangover 2′ Tattoo Has Legal Clearance, Release Date Unchanged http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hangover-2-tattoo-has-legal-clearance-release-date-unchanged/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hangover-2-tattoo-has-legal-clearance-release-date-unchanged/#comments Tue, 24 May 2011 16:41:43 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213403 Now we can all get face tats without fear of legal repercussion.

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There was some worry among fans of The Hangover that it wouldn’t be seen on its intended release date on May 26th, due to a lawsuit from the creator of Mike Tyson’s infamous facial tattoo, which was co-opted by Ed Helms for the movie. Here’s Warner Bros. in a statement on the good (for everyone but the tattoo artist) news:

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“We are very gratified by the Court’s decision which will allow the highly anticipated film, The Hangover Part II to be released on schedule this week around the world. Plaintiff’s failed attempt to enjoin the film in order to try and extract a massive settlement payment from Warner Bros. was highly inappropriate and unwarranted.”

There you have it. If I were that tattoo artist, I’d definitely buy a ticket for something else and sneak into The Hangover Part II this weekend. (Deadline)

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15 Comedy Sequels That Make Us Worried For ‘The Hangover Part II’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/15-comedy-sequels-that-make-us-worried-for-the-hangover-part-ii/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/15-comedy-sequels-that-make-us-worried-for-the-hangover-part-ii/#comments Tue, 24 May 2011 13:00:39 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213267 If history teaches us anything, it's that sequels to blockbuster comedy films are usually garbage.

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As you know, The Hangover Part II premiers this weekend. And while the hype surrounding Todd Phillips‘ latest comedy almost guarantees it will be a hit, the quality of the film is yet to be determined. I’m really hoping it turns out well. Unfortunately, it probably needs a lot more than my well wishes in order to succeed. If history teaches us anything, it’s that sequels to blockbuster comedy films are usually garbage. Don’t believe me? Then take a look at the following 15 examples (although I probably could have listed 25). Let’s hope The Hangover Part II can buck the trend.

Note: There are many comedy sequels worse than the films listed here. But in our opinion, these are the most disappointing.

Major League II (1994)

Major League is to Major League II what Wesley Snipes is to Omar Epps. This is due, in no small part, to the fact that Omar Epps replaced Wesley Snipes in the role of Willie Mays Hayes for the second installment. At any rate, the first film was fun to watch because it involved a group of underdogs overcoming the odds. Once they won their division at the end of the first film, they were no longer underdogs, so who gives a damn?

Sister Act II: Back in the Habit (1993)

Forcing a degenerate character played by Whoopi Goldberg to live with a bunch of devout nuns just screams comedy, especially if you’re a middle-aged woman. But for the sequel, Whoopi’s character returns of her own free will to help teach at the school. Since she wasn’t forced to be there, the tension was gone. Besides that, adding a class full of teenage minority stereotypes really didn’t help.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

The first Ace Ventura was stupid, yet hilarious. The sequel was also stupid, but was lacking in the hilarity department. Save for the Rhino-birth scene, I’m not sure there’s a single laugh to be found in this horribly thrown together follow-up.

Porky’s II: The Next Day (1983)

How do you make a comedy about teens trying to get laid after all of the characters have already gotten laid? In all fairness, American Pie II was a tolerable film, so it can be done. But don’t ask the people behind Porky’s II how to do it, because they clearly don’t know.

Blue Brothers 2000 (1998)

I don’t use the word atrocity often, mainly because I don’t go to a lot of war-crime tribunals. But to fans of the original Blues Brothers, this film was like the Mai Lai Massacre. And as with Mai Lai, most of those responsible were never held accountable for their actions.

Weekend at Bernie‘s II (1993)

Weekend at Bernie’s managed to stretch an already thin premise to the breaking point, but it resulted in a surprisingly tolerable film. The sequel had no such luck, and quickly devolved into a first-class shit show. Given the nature of the film, I’m willing to suspend disbelieve to a point. But once the reanimated corpse was magically dancing around on its own, I called shenanigans. Unfortunately, I was watching the film by myself because everyone else was at the prom, so no one heard me.

Teen Wolf Too (1987)

Considering the great work Jason Bateman has done over the past ten years, it’s easy to forget he was in Teen Wolf Too. But I didn’t forget. And I never friggen will. On a side note, if a sequel has the word “too” in it, there’s a 99% chance it’s going to suck. Which brings us “too” our next film.

Look Who’s Talking Too (1990)

Although it is seldom accomplished, there’s always a need to try and improve upon the original when making a sequel. If your big idea to improve upon your film is to add a voice over of Roseanne, you might as well not try at all. Although compared to Look Who’s Talking Now, this film looks like The Godfather II.

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)

Technically, this film is a prequel, so maybe it doesn’t belong on the list. Oh well.

In theory, the idea of the Star Wars prequels was promising because the original films set up an entire universe of colorful characters that people cared about, complete with an interesting back story. Sure, it didn’t turn out well, but the potential was there. Was there any potential for a Dumb and Dumber prequel starring two guys who look like Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels? We’re not talking about the origin of the Jedi, here. We’re talking about a couple of morons. Who cares how they met?

Evan Almighty (2007)

Man, Jim Carrey films are really prevalent on this list (Note: I meant the original films: Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty). That said, he can’t be held accountable for Evan Almighty. I know the film is supposed to have a heartfelt message about faith, but what kind of loving god would allow a movie like this to get made?

European Vacation (1985)

Vacation was a film that just about everybody could relate to. At one point or another, most of us have been forced to partake in the forced family fun that is a road trip. On the other hand, most of us have no taken part in an all-expenses paid European adventure that we won on a pig-themed game show. The franchise redeemed itself with Christmas Vacation, probably because almost everyone has had to deal with family members during the holidays. But, everything went back to hell with Vegas Vacation.

Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)

The problem with making a sequel to a parody film is that the characters have almost no room to grow. Sure, you can stick them in a different, crazier situations, but it can’t help but feel like a retread of the original plot. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, if you’re in the mood for more of the same, and the Naked Gun II isn’t a horrible film on its own. But when compared to the original, there’s really no reason for it to exist.

Austin Powers II (1999)

Taking a swinging spy from the 60′s and dropping him into the post Cold-War era made for one of the funnier comedies of the past twenty years. But putting the fish back into water via a time travel plot just didn’t work. Instead of watching a guy make a fool out of himself, the sequel showed us an idiot interacting with a bunch of other like-minded idiots. That’s not funny, and after a while, it’s just annoying. To this day, any time someone says “yeah, baby,” I want to punch them in the face.

Caddyshack II (1988)

Caddyshack is one of the all-time classic comedy films. Unfortunately, Caddyshack II is one of the all-time worst sequels. Why is there such a drastic difference? The cast! Besides cameos by Chevy Chase and the gopher, I don’t think there’s a single character from the original film. What’s the point of making a sequel when the only connection to the original is the setting (Bushwood County Club)? That’s like making a sequel to The Big Lebowski, and having the only connection be the bowling alley.

Ghostbusters II (1989)

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And with that, I give you the mother of all disappointing comedy sequels, Ghostbusters II. It’s hard to put my finger on where the film goes wrong. Is a talking painting really that stupid when compared to a ghostly librarian? Is a walking statue really that much worse than giant marshmallow man (well, yes it is, but that’s an argument for a different article). I think at the end of the day, Ghostbusters II just couldn’t live up to the hype surrounding it. Then again, how could it be expected to do so, considering the original might be the greatest comedy of all time (screw you, Tootsie). Here’s hoping The Hangover Part II doesn’t share the same fate.

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Warner Bros. Releases Too Many ‘Hangover Part II’ Stills http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/warner-bros-releases-too-many-hangover-part-ii-stills/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/warner-bros-releases-too-many-hangover-part-ii-stills/#comments Thu, 12 May 2011 03:00:36 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=211753 Is this the result of a night where WB marketing executives partied too hard?

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Somewhere in Burbank, a bunch of Warner Bros. marketing executives are waking up from a long night of partying. They don’t remember the night before, but one of them goes online and realizes they released more than 30 stills from The Hangover Part II. Also, there’s a stupid monkey in the room for some reason.

While those executives piece their night together, you can flip through the above gallery, showing highlights from the newly released group of high quality pics from the summer sequel, starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Ken Jeong. The Wolf Pack is back, doing things that are similar to their first outing, but also enough different stuff to warrant your $38.

Directed by Todd Phillips, The Hangover Part II drunkenly stumbles into theaters May 26th. (More images at Collider)

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