The full, fresh-cut trailer for “The Hangover: Part II” (which reunites Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, the man responsible for the “wolfpack” references you’ve heard every day for two years) hit the web today.
Now cue the backlash — because like every instantly-beloved blockbuster that decides to do a sequel, “Hangover” will be subject to that nagging question: can it live up to the original?
The many expert answers to that question aren’t seeping out yet. Right now, all we have to go on is the preview.
But it’s a fantastic preview — and not just in terms of getting people into theatres. The trailer plays like a two-and-a-half minute tutorial in ensuring a sequel’s box office success.
And if that doesn’t interest you, there’s also a monkey.
The trailer's biggest giveaway is this: 'II' will follow the story structure of the original down to the letter. Yes, they don't remember what happened the night before. Yes, they're running out of time to figure it out. Phil (Cooper) even asks his buddies to check their pockets for clues -- a line lifted directly from the first movie's script.
When debauchery is your aim, it's hard to top Vegas. But Bangkok -- gritty, bawdy and altogether different from Sin City -- is a damn good attempt. It's all fun and games until somebody gets locked up, 'Brokedown Palace' style.
In the sequel, we'll get to see more of the guys' wives and girlfriends -- and the new missing person is Teddy (Mason Lee), Stu's fiancee's little brother.
Yesterday's tigers and babies are today's monkey in baby clothes. And Stu's missing tooth has been ratcheted up to a face tattoo (we're guessing Mike Tyson's cameo in 'II' won't go by without him voicing his admiration for it).
'The Hangover' was huge for all its stars, but no one got more mileage out of it than Galifianakis, a comedic genius whose profile blew up overnight. He's been working nonstop and garnering fan adulation ever since -- and 'Hangover II' clearly takes this into account. The trailer, which has already been blasted for being low on jokes, includes seven one-liners from Galifianakis, and the first 30 seconds of it is devoted to him alone.
Ken Jeong, who played tiny mobster Mr. Chow in 'Hangover,' is second only to Galifianakis in trailer screentime -- so we're guessing he'll play a much bigger role in the sequel.
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