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Todd Phillips says The Hangover Part II is a brillant comedy, superior to the first movie, and promises people will die in Part III

04.23.2013

I have not been as disappointed with a sequel as I was with THE HANGOVER PART II. it was a joke for joke copy of the first movie, which itself was a genuinely good and original comedy. There is almost no bigger disparity between original and sequel than THE HANGOVER to PART II. I don't know anyone personally who thought THE HANGOVER PART II was in any way a good movie. Director Todd Phillips seems to disagree with me.

In fact, Phillips doesn't just think that THE HANGOVER PART II is a good movie, he seems to think it is heads and tails better than the original. In an interview with Empire, he gave this little nugget.

"Yes, we do a wake-up and a blackout but every joke in THE HANGOVER PART II is completely different. My feeling is that it's the better movie of the two. I think in five or ten years time, people will come to realize how brilliant THE HANGOVER PART II."

Um, no. I could not disagree more. I would not use the word brilliant to describe either movie, but essentially cheaping out and filming the same movie but setting it in Thailand is not brilliant. Maybe if someone had remade THE HANGOVER as PART II twenty years from now, one could say the remake was better, but when they are released a few years apart, not so much. THE HANGOVER PART III looks to keep a similar formula, but with the trailers showing they are going for broke with this being the final movie, we could be in for a decent sequel.

But no, Mr. Phillips, in the annals of film history, no one will look back and consider THE HANGOVER PART II as the pinnacle of your trilogy. We will see on May 24, 2013 if THE HANGOVER PART III outdoes the original. After all, Phillips is promising this one will be totally different since people "will die" in this one. Yeah, that sets a movie apart.

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4:51PM on 04/25/2013
oh shut the hell up already & get over it people about part 2, it's getting old & tiresome. Looking forward to part 3.
oh shut the hell up already & get over it people about part 2, it's getting old & tiresome. Looking forward to part 3.
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7:38PM on 04/24/2013

Todd Phillips is on wrack.

This comment is so offensive and that film so utter c&%p I want my ticket money back and the 2 hours of my life thanks.
This comment is so offensive and that film so utter c&%p I want my ticket money back and the 2 hours of my life thanks.
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7:25PM on 04/24/2013

Going for the third Hangover!

I dont agree, I thought the First Hangover was awesome...second wasnt bad....but it didnt offer anything really new other than location. Hopefully the third Hangover (though might still be the same) will offer a few new comedic bits that people will enjoy
I dont agree, I thought the First Hangover was awesome...second wasnt bad....but it didnt offer anything really new other than location. Hopefully the third Hangover (though might still be the same) will offer a few new comedic bits that people will enjoy
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9:56AM on 04/24/2013

Todd Phillips...

is wrong.
is wrong.
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8:34AM on 04/24/2013

don't understand

Why does Hangover 2 get shat on so much because of it being nearly the same as the first? Sam Raimi did the same thing with evil dead and evil dead 2 and evil dead 2 is considered to be the best of the bunch even though it is nearly the same exact film.
Why does Hangover 2 get shat on so much because of it being nearly the same as the first? Sam Raimi did the same thing with evil dead and evil dead 2 and evil dead 2 is considered to be the best of the bunch even though it is nearly the same exact film.
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7:30AM on 04/24/2013
Part 2 IS better than one. I never felt part one went as crazy as the trailer promised it would. Part two WENT there.
Part 2 IS better than one. I never felt part one went as crazy as the trailer promised it would. Part two WENT there.
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1:29AM on 04/24/2013

SPEED 2 CRUISE CONTROL and ESCAPE FROM LA

done.... and done... there are MUCH more horrible sequels floating around out there.
Give this movie a break... it was entertaining and watchable and I had fun... it wasnt Horrible at all.
done.... and done... there are MUCH more horrible sequels floating around out there.
Give this movie a break... it was entertaining and watchable and I had fun... it wasnt Horrible at all.
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9:45PM on 04/23/2013

Wow...

If he thought the part 2 was brilliant then that kind of scares me about part 3 . I mean if he can't see what mistakes he made the 2nd time around how do we know he won't make the same ones the 3rd time. Hopefully he's just to stubborn and dosnt want to admit when he's wrong. Why can't he just be like Michael bay and admit it when he makes a mistake. The trailer does look fresh. But hopefully they won't just make jokes about the events from the first 2 the whole time.
If he thought the part 2 was brilliant then that kind of scares me about part 3 . I mean if he can't see what mistakes he made the 2nd time around how do we know he won't make the same ones the 3rd time. Hopefully he's just to stubborn and dosnt want to admit when he's wrong. Why can't he just be like Michael bay and admit it when he makes a mistake. The trailer does look fresh. But hopefully they won't just make jokes about the events from the first 2 the whole time.
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11:44PM on 04/24/2013
Agree completely. I also don't want to see chow's dick again. It was funny in the first film, but not clever in the second one
Agree completely. I also don't want to see chow's dick again. It was funny in the first film, but not clever in the second one
9:24PM on 04/23/2013
i hope part three carries the same tradition. Shitake!!
i hope part three carries the same tradition. Shitake!!
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9:13PM on 04/23/2013
In five or ten years time people would still think the first Hangover is much better than Hangover 2.
In five or ten years time people would still think the first Hangover is much better than Hangover 2.
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9:07PM on 04/23/2013
It may have many similarities, but I think people really exaggerate how much the second film "copies" the first; I also understand I am the minority for thinking so lol.
Still not a brilliant film. If one thinks something they've done is brilliant AND admits it out loud, it automatically loses all brilliant potential. It's kind of a rule.
It may have many similarities, but I think people really exaggerate how much the second film "copies" the first; I also understand I am the minority for thinking so lol.
Still not a brilliant film. If one thinks something they've done is brilliant AND admits it out loud, it automatically loses all brilliant potential. It's kind of a rule.
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7:17PM on 04/23/2013
Not surprised he'd defend the film, especially w/ number three to promote, but brilliant.....um
Not surprised he'd defend the film, especially w/ number three to promote, but brilliant.....um
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7:09PM on 04/23/2013
Hangover 2 is not a brilliant comedy.....that's all I got
Hangover 2 is not a brilliant comedy.....that's all I got
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6:43PM on 04/23/2013
I love both films, but the original is the superior film out of the two. Hangover Part 2 I will admit had its flaws, but it also did have its funny moments as well. The characters in these films make the movies in my opinion. They're just so likable and realistic in their banter, friendship, and stupidity.

I'm glad to see Hangover Part 3 steer away from formula because at this point it's the best thing to do for the characters and their stories.
I love both films, but the original is the superior film out of the two. Hangover Part 2 I will admit had its flaws, but it also did have its funny moments as well. The characters in these films make the movies in my opinion. They're just so likable and realistic in their banter, friendship, and stupidity.

I'm glad to see Hangover Part 3 steer away from formula because at this point it's the best thing to do for the characters and their stories.
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6:28PM on 04/23/2013
Apparently Phillips doesn't know that original comedy is better than rehashed comedy.
Apparently Phillips doesn't know that original comedy is better than rehashed comedy.
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6:22PM on 04/23/2013
I liked Part 2.
I liked Part 2.
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9:46PM on 04/23/2013
Im going to come out. I enjoyed part 2 as well
Im going to come out. I enjoyed part 2 as well
5:59PM on 04/23/2013
He loves kissing his own ass. Just like Michael Bay
He loves kissing his own ass. Just like Michael Bay
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5:23PM on 04/23/2013

Dang. I always felt the best joke of The Hangover 2 was that it was beat for beat The Hangover

In a "You want more of this? Well YOU GOT IT!" sense.
But fine.
In a "You want more of this? Well YOU GOT IT!" sense.
But fine.
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5:09PM on 04/23/2013

Phillips gets a trillion thumbs down.

The Hangover Part II was pretty much the exact same movie. Yes, the jokes were different, but the same damn scenario. You're an idiot, Phillips.....Also, both Hangovers sucked.
The Hangover Part II was pretty much the exact same movie. Yes, the jokes were different, but the same damn scenario. You're an idiot, Phillips.....Also, both Hangovers sucked.
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5:04PM on 04/23/2013

Hangover Part II = Brillant? WTF!

Those are two words I never thought I would here together. Either Phillips is being cocky and still in Hangover 2 promotion mood, or he's just never seen the final edit.
The Godfather Part II was brilliant
Airplane! was brilliant
Schindler's List was brilliant
Broken Blossoms was brilliant
The Hangover Part II was meh. It's a mindless comedy which is way far short of brilliance.
Those are two words I never thought I would here together. Either Phillips is being cocky and still in Hangover 2 promotion mood, or he's just never seen the final edit.
The Godfather Part II was brilliant
Airplane! was brilliant
Schindler's List was brilliant
Broken Blossoms was brilliant
The Hangover Part II was meh. It's a mindless comedy which is way far short of brilliance.
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4:45PM on 04/23/2013
How is Hangover III keeping the same formula? There is nothing in there about there being a hangover and forgetting what happened the night before and having to retrace their steps...with hilarious results. If anything, Hangover III looks to be creating something completely new with these characters.
Can't wait for this movie. And for the record, I liked both Hangover and Hangover II. I can get past the use of the same plot, because the new jokes they do add into the movie are fucking gold!
How is Hangover III keeping the same formula? There is nothing in there about there being a hangover and forgetting what happened the night before and having to retrace their steps...with hilarious results. If anything, Hangover III looks to be creating something completely new with these characters.
Can't wait for this movie. And for the record, I liked both Hangover and Hangover II. I can get past the use of the same plot, because the new jokes they do add into the movie are fucking gold!
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4:20PM on 04/23/2013
I enjoyed Part II. I can see how people disliked it, I can certainly see how people think of it as a shameless plot for plot re-make as that's essentially what it utterly was..

However I never went into it expecting a decent or fresh story, I went into it to hear the stress filled banter and blind panic between the leads, as that's where the appeal lies in these movies for me.

Having said that, I look forward to Part III and am glad that it looks to be something slightly different.
I enjoyed Part II. I can see how people disliked it, I can certainly see how people think of it as a shameless plot for plot re-make as that's essentially what it utterly was..

However I never went into it expecting a decent or fresh story, I went into it to hear the stress filled banter and blind panic between the leads, as that's where the appeal lies in these movies for me.

Having said that, I look forward to Part III and am glad that it looks to be something slightly different.
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4:06PM on 04/23/2013
Either way just about every joke is funny in both films and the scripts are really smart even though both are very similar. I'll always like part one the best cause of the Vegas setting. It's more realistic. Can't wait for 3rd!
Either way just about every joke is funny in both films and the scripts are really smart even though both are very similar. I'll always like part one the best cause of the Vegas setting. It's more realistic. Can't wait for 3rd!
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3:56PM on 04/23/2013

Give it a rest

Jesus, a little critical are we? It's a fucking hangover movie, stop complaining and grab a twelve pack and watch it. Or don't, stop complaining about it, they were both solid comedies.
Jesus, a little critical are we? It's a fucking hangover movie, stop complaining and grab a twelve pack and watch it. Or don't, stop complaining about it, they were both solid comedies.
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3:43PM on 04/23/2013
I might be the minority but I did get immediate enjoyment out of Hangover II where the first one I didnt laugh till they showed the photos at the end and then it got better with repeat viewings
I might be the minority but I did get immediate enjoyment out of Hangover II where the first one I didnt laugh till they showed the photos at the end and then it got better with repeat viewings
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3:35PM on 04/23/2013
The only real difference between Parts 1 and 2 is that the sequel certainly had a mean spirit towards its characters. It felt like the universe had developed a disdain for the Wolfpack.
The only real difference between Parts 1 and 2 is that the sequel certainly had a mean spirit towards its characters. It felt like the universe had developed a disdain for the Wolfpack.
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3:35PM on 04/23/2013
I would maybe agree if Hangover 2 came out first. That was the real problem with it. It was like having a remake come out 2 years after the original. It was the same as the first movie. If i hadn't seen the first then maybe i would agree that Hangover 2 was great, but since i saw Hangover 1 first, the sequel was just more of the same.

That being said, i do feel confident in saying Hangover is one of the best comedies of the decade.
I would maybe agree if Hangover 2 came out first. That was the real problem with it. It was like having a remake come out 2 years after the original. It was the same as the first movie. If i hadn't seen the first then maybe i would agree that Hangover 2 was great, but since i saw Hangover 1 first, the sequel was just more of the same.

That being said, i do feel confident in saying Hangover is one of the best comedies of the decade.
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3:31PM on 04/23/2013
Don't get me wrong I love me some Hangover and I am one of the few who loved the sequel but let's not try to act like the original was some brilliant new shinning force of comedy never seen before. The original movie was basically note for note remake of the simpsons episode when Homer and Ned go to Vegas so Ned can learn how to cut lose using the homer method.
Don't get me wrong I love me some Hangover and I am one of the few who loved the sequel but let's not try to act like the original was some brilliant new shinning force of comedy never seen before. The original movie was basically note for note remake of the simpsons episode when Homer and Ned go to Vegas so Ned can learn how to cut lose using the homer method.
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