Overrated: The Hangover
Last week, I went off on some of the most disappointing sequels. In this edition, I want to talk about an unnecessary one. I cannot believe the amount of hype I am hearing about the Hangover Part II. People are making it out to be the must see movie of the summer. Now, don’t get me wrong, I liked The Hangover. It was a good summer comedy when I originally saw it, but I didn’t think about it much afterwards. Since the time it came out up until today, it has somehow morphed into a classic comedy for many.
One of the greatest measures for me when evaluating whether or not a movie is a comedy classic, is if the movie holds up with repeated viewings. Dumb and Dumber, check. Monty Python, check. The Hangover? Not so much. The movie’s shocking moments aren’t as funny on the second go round. I’ll likely see the sequel in theaters, but my optimism is nowhere near the level of the Hangover fanboys who think it is such a comedy classic. Other than making a whole lot of money, there really is no reason for this sequel. The early reviews are in and they have not been kind so far. Color me shocked that they are saying it is exactly the same.
Underrated: Step Brothers
I might get some flack for this, but this is one of Will Ferrell’s more underrated performances. Some have tired of Ferrell’s schtick, but I think he’s as good as ever. I’d much rather turn on Step Brothers than Anchorman any day of the week. It doesn’t hurt that he has John C. Reilly backing him up in this one either. Speaking of underrated, John C. Reilly is one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood. Seriously, if you don’t laugh at these clips, then I don’t know what to tell you.