13. THE HANGOVER PART II

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Jamie Chung
Release Date: May 26
Why we’re excited: Let’s just say that we’re more curious than excited in this case.

With so much riding on The Hangover Part II, director Todd Phillips and the returning Wolfpack better have knocked this highly anticipated follow-up out of the proverbial park. As a rule, comedy sequels are lousy, but we’re willing to give Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) another shot. We’re proceeding with caution, though.

No longer partying too hard in Las Vegas, the guys are in Thailand for Stu’s wedding to a hottie played by Jamie Chung; in a fit of déjà vu, they lose her brother after another night of hardcore indulgence. The trailer seems to follow the exact same beats as the first movie, which, while admittedly still pretty humorous, hints at a lack of creativity. But it’s just a trailer; we’re hoping that Phillips has more up his sleeve than just regurgitated gags.

Are we being too cynical towards The Hangover Part II? Perhaps. But answer this question: When was comedy’s last answer to The Godfather Part 2?