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THE wolfpack, Phil, Stu, Doug and Alan are back in The Hangover Part II. This time their destination is Bangkok, but the rest is text book Hangover comedy.
Four guys, a night they can’t remember, a woman waiting at home, a very pressing deadline and of course the stakes are raised for the sequel.
In 2009, Todd Phillips’ The Hangover, became a record-breaking hit, surpassing all expectations, including those of the filmmakers.
“There was some kind of lightning in a bottle that the first film captured,” observes Ed Helms, returning in the role of Stu, who is—this time officially—the groom. “We found it to be hilarious, but you can’t be sure until a movie is out there if it’s going to resonate with anybody else. Thankfully, it did.”
For the follow up they decided to continue with the formula they’d used in the original.
“We knew we had to adhere to certain tenets of the movie,” says Bradley Cooper, reprising the role of Phil, the de facto leader of the group. “We wanted aspects we loved from the first film to be in this one, but in a fresh, totally new context. Todd’s idea to set it in Bangkok upped the ante completely. We had a huge car chase, motorcycles, riots, shootings… There’s a lot of action in this movie.”
Being in a vibrant, vital foreign city with an infamous wild side also raises the comic stakes for three American men untethered from everything they know. When you go to battle in Vegas as they did in the original, in hindsight it wasn’t so tough because everyone speaks English, you can get where you need to go, you can use a phone and call someone. In Bangkok, they’re navigating a place that’s totally unfamiliar.
The Hangover Part II unfolds two years after the incidents in Vegas. Their lives have progressed, except for Alan, who is still living at home with his parents. Doug and Tracy are happily married and expecting; Phil has had another kid; and Stu has met a wonderful girl and is engaged to be married. Her parents are from Thailand, so that’s where they’ve decided to hold the wedding.
Given his history with certain pre-wedding customs, Stu has set one specific limitation on his friends. Given their experience in Vegas, he wants no part in a traditional bachelor party.
Phil is, to say the least, disappointed in Stu’s “bachelor brunch” idea.
With so much baggage going into his wedding, Stu wants to make sure he does nothing to jeopardize his already tenuous relationship with his future in-laws, Joi and Fohn, played by popular Thai actors Penpak Sirikul and Nirut Sirichanya, respectively. Therefore, Stu has left one conspicuous name off the invite list.
But, that wouldn’t be the wolfpack would it?