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5 live Review - The Hangover part II

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Mark Kermode | 16:09 UK time, Tuesday, 31 May 2011

5 live's resident movie critic Dr Mark Kermode reviews The Hangover part II.

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  • Comment number 1.

    I saw this film today, and I did not think it was great. I (unlike Dr Kermode) did enjoy the first film - it was crass and pretty foul-mouthed, but there was plenty to laugh at. I agree that the sequel is sadly treading on the same exact ground with seriously diminished returns. It is not a film I would recommend.
    That said, I think the good Doctor may be over-egging it by saying the film is racist and homophobic. The crazy chinese gangster is not a figure of ridicule because he's chinese, it's because he is a coked up nutbar. Again, I don't think it's a comedy masterclass, but it is not racist. All the Thai characters (fiancee, father in law, brother in law, ladyboy, monks - everyone) come off way better than the hungover (american) protagonists.
    And I'm not sure that homophobia is right either - there's a pretty crass (surprise!) sequence in the film, but I don't think it is anti-gay (a character who self-identifies as heterosexual regrets a homosexual experience he had whilst he was drunk - is that necessarily homophobic?). The accusation that the film has no active female characters is probably right, but is it missing the point when the film is about a stag night gone wrong?
    I can't believe I'm posting to defend a profoundly mediocre film, but I just think that accusing the film of racism and homophobia is unnecessarily harsh - I certainly don't think that homophobia and racism permeate the entire film. Did anyone else agree with Dr Kermode - I'd be interested to hear why, and am willing to admit that I might not be being sensitive enough.

  • Comment number 2.

    I seriously doubt that Todd Phillips is a homophobe or a racist. If you ever see an interview with Todd Phillips, I recommend the Awards Oscar Roundtable from 2010, you will be very surprised with just how intelligent he is.

  • Comment number 3.

    i can't believe you didn't make the sex in the city 2 comparison.

  • Comment number 4.

    Edwin Hubble was intelligent also, but apparently he was racist and misogynistic.

    I haven't seen the movie so I can't judge. But the format for "The Hangover" seems to be: (Dude, wheres my car? + Dumb and Dumberer) - Citizen Kane.

    It might be great

  • Comment number 5.

    Further proof that Mark Kermode is the best film critic on the planet. Very insightful and funny as heck... unlike both movies in this rotten franchise.
    Kudos, Dr. Kermode.

  • Comment number 6.

    I happen to agree completely 100% with Minshg.

  • Comment number 7.

    I wish sometimes I woud read posts before pressing post comment button. Though I am sure you get my point I am sure it is not grammatically correct.

  • Comment number 8.

    American "comedy" these days is about as funny as a miscarriage. I am sorry, but there is just something distinctly mean-spirited, vindictive and downright nasty about some parts of American society - dare I say more so than any other nation - which comes through quite plainly in this endless stream of vomit masquerading as comedy. They are made primarily for American consumption; for the kinds of people who laugh at roadkill. Look at the films like EAT, PRAY, LOVE (Americans so insular and ignorant they think Italians eating pasta is actually a revelation); and TAKEN, which contain almost every damn worldly racial stereotype imaginable (including a French policeman with a baguette under his arm - HO HO HO, so funny), and the bloody Yanks love it. Given that abysmal backdrop, are films such as HANGOVER2 really that surprising?

    From the heights of Frasier (I can't remember anything more recent) to this drivel. That's quite an achievement. Oh, and why did it take a couple of Brits to make a film about the genius Bill Hicks? There's your answer; they'd rather be watching a Wayans Brothers film.

  • Comment number 9.

    Having heard Mark's review of the film describing it as racist and homophobic I'm thinking he must have been watching a different film. I don't think any of the Thai people were portrayed in a racist light and if anything the American's seemed to be shown in the poorer light while the Thai people have to suffer their drunken shenanigans.

    Similarly so Ed Helm has a Homosexual encounter whilst Drunk yet Mark somehow thinks it's a Homophobic scene. The Homosexual dancer wasn't played in a negative light so I'm wondering where Mark got the idea it was homophobic



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