The Wolfpack is Back - The Hangover Part II

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The Hangover, released in 2009, cost a mere $35m to make yet ended up grossing almost $468m worldwide. Converting that into sterling, as of April 2011 that’s £21.5m to produce and nearly £288m in gross revenue, and all for a film about a bachelor party and a wild night in Las Vegas. And if critics and film reviews are to be believed, The Hangover Part II is poised to be even more successful.
With all of the main characters returning – including the wildly eccentric Alan Garner, played by Zach Galifianakis – and a new, more exotic location in Bangkok, there is little doubt that the film will provide a couple of hours of hilarity. Judging by the trailer, The Hangover Part II looks as if it will follow many of the same storylines as its successful predecessor: the boys waking up with a bit of amnesia in a hotel room with wild animals romping around and horribly irreversible mistakes instantly apparent.
This time it is Stu, played by Ed Helms, who is the lucky groom-to-be marrying the beautiful Laura, played by Jamie Chung. The two are to be married in Thailand and there are scenes of families and friends gathered around a festive rehearsal dinner table. Soon after, the bachelor party is set to start when Laura insists her destined-to-get-in-trouble younger brother Teddy (Mason Lee) be invited along. If all of this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. But why mess with a good thing? It worked the first time around and director Todd Phillips said that transitioning into shooting the sequel was flawless: “it was crazy. I don't know what they said, but for me, day one of shooting ‘The Hangover Part II’ was like we never stopped shooting the other movie”. The chemistry was apparently off the charts throughout the entire shoot.

The Hangover Part II is set to be released on 26 May in the US and on 27 May in cinemas across the UK. The only other competition set to debut that weekend in the US is Kung Fu Panda 2, the sequel to the 2008 film that features Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman. The two films could not be more different, however, with Kung Fu being released in 3D as a family-friendly PG film while The Hangover will be rated 18 and aimed at a much older audience.
With Alan, Stu, and the rest of The Wolfpack returning for a weekend of debauchery, the film is sure to be a more than adequate second coming of the success seen by the original Hangover.

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