I don’t know what possessed me. It may have been that I was alone on a Father’s Day afternoon, and I wasn’t interested in the U.S. Open. Perhaps it was because I had earned enough points at my local theater to get a free ticket, so there was no cost involved. I had seen a couple interviews with the actor Bradley Cooper, who I have liked in other movies I have seen him in. I enjoyed watching Ed Helms in “The Office.” Whatever the reason, I went to see the movie “Hangover, Part II,” and it was a BIG MISTAKE.
“Hangover” (Part I) had gotten rave reviews and “Part II” was supposed to be even funnier. I will spare you the details and simply say it was racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic and glorified Cocaine use all in the name of having a good time. It’s not that I am a prude, but the story line was disgusting and the characters were despicable. I almost walked out, but I stayed because I could not believe it could continue to be as depraved as it was; I was wrong – it got worse.
I know there are many people for whom the alcohol and drug-induced story line is a daily reality. I know there are men who go whoring every night. I know there is a seedy side of life I will never know with drugs, guns and sexual promiscuity. What I could not fathom was how the producer, director and actors of this film could lower themselves to create this film and call it comedy. Had this been real life, everyone involved would be locked up. I should be locked up for going to see it!
The grime from this film will stay with me for some time to come. In any case, I would not recommend this movie at all. Needless to say, I will not be renting “Hangover, Part I.”