Why I hate the Hangover part 2

Today is going to be another one of those days where I hate on Hollywood for making horrible movies. And the Hangover part 2 is one of them. Why do I hate it? Here are the reasons (contains spoilers):

1) It’s not funny

Why is this guy such a douche bag?
Why is this guy such a douche bag?

If the Hangover was supposed to be a comedy movie, then why isn’t it funny? Is it funny to cut off someone’s finger? Is it funny to put a bunch of random animals together in one scene? Is it funny to be shot by Russians? What about Alan? Why does he have to be such a dickhead in the movie? And having sex with a transgender is funny? This is just one of those movies which has pure stupidity and 12 year old humor in it. It’s not worth your time.

2) Racial stereotyping of Asians

Is this guy representative of Asian males?
Is this guy representative of Asian males?

One of the things that really offends me about this movie is that it has an obnoxious effeminate Asian guy in it, playing somewhat of a role. He was in the original Hangover too. Who does this character appeal to? White college kids? Who at Warner Bros decided to put an ugly obnoxious Asian guy with a heavy accent in there? Is that supposed to be funny? I mean, god forbid Hollywood actually decide to cast a handsome Asian guy with no accent, because according to them, they don’t exist. And what about the Asian girl in the movie? The one that Stu (the main character who is coincidentally white) is marrying? How come she is good looking and has no accent? Hmm so yeah, lets have double standards for Asian guys and Asian girls in a film… what a joke.

3) It’s unrealistic

Do you want this guy to marry your daughter?
Do you want this guy to marry your daughter?

Yeah, so the plot involves the ‘wolf pack’ going around Bangkok trying to find Stu’s wife’s lost brother Teddy. When they finally find him, his finger has been cut off (thanks to the gang), and Stu and the rest of the gang ‘borrow’ a boat to crash into the island where Stu’s family is staying. However despite all that, and her family not liking Stu, after one crap line about how he loves her, all is forgiven, and he is allowed to marry his wife with good blessings. How stupid is that? Is it realistic that after all the trouble Stu and his friends have caused, including causing Teddy’s finger to be cut off, that her traditional Asian parents will allow Stu to marry her without saying anything? What a bunch of BS. And not to mention, even on the drunkest of nights you wouldn’t do what these guys did. Its not even possible to do all that in the span of one night. Another reason why you shouldn’t take this film seriously.

So that’s why I hate the Hangover part 2. One of the worst movies ever (it represents everything wrong with Hollywood), and I hate the fact that it made a lot of money. Maybe that’s why Warner Bros keeps making them. Maybe stupidity, Asian stereotypes and unrealistic plot makes for a good draw at the box office. Oh Bruce Lee, if only you knew that 40 years later, Asian stereotypes have only gotten worse.

In other news, I had my cell phone stolen last weekend. I was getting on the bus in Japan town and this black dude comes out of nowhere, takes my phone out of my front pocket and takes off. I was too surprised to react much. Definitely a shock to me. Good thing he didn’t erase my data (my phone auto logs in). Now I’m without a phone, and AT&T is going to charge me $500 for termination of contract + new phone + new 2 year contract. Geez. And iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy S2? Hmm not sure yet, but if I’m going to get a tablet someday, I want my phone and my tablet to have different OS. So either Galaxy S2 + iPad or iPhone + Galaxy Tab. I don’t know yet. But I do want to develop some Android apps for tablet (given there aren’t that many Android tablet apps yet).

I also recorded a jam of New Deep a few days ago. I used a Boss RC-2 Looper and created my own backing music, and then added some drum beats in, and improvised on top of that. Enjoy.


Comments

5 responses to “Why I hate the Hangover part 2”

  1. Hollywood is an entity that is out to make money – and yes, the Hangover/Hangover 2 does appeal to an extremely large group of people. I believe that my parents, who are naturalized Taiwanese-Americans, also enjoyed it, despite the Asian stereotypes at work. Actually, I’d also say that the white guys in the film are also completely misrepresented. Would a normal white guy be that irresponsible in Vegas (referring to the first Hangover movie)? Having been to Vegas myself, I’d say absolutely not.

    The Hangover and its sequel are not meant to be realistic at all. They’re meant to be an entertaining release from realism, and (I hope) everyone knows that people aren’t actually like that and that the stereotypes aren’t true. If you don’t like it, then you don’t like it. Lots of other people do find that stuff funny and do like it. I hope that nobody’s dumb enough to take it seriously. I’ll also say that at the moment, Asian-Americans (4% of population) are concentrated around big cities and along the coasts. There is probably a large number of white Americans that hardly ever interact with anyone of Asian descent, and casting an Asian in a main role probably would be less appealing than a white person at this point.

    (I’m not defending Hollywood, just trying to state their logical reasoning. I wish that there were hot Asian guy actors too, but if you think back to your childhood, what would your parents have said if you ever told them that you wanted to be an actor? Mine would have scolded me a lot. Hollywood also just may not have enough Asian-American actors in its pool.)

    I can think of one famous film with a good-looking Asian guy as a star (and picking up a white girl in the film, as a bonus). Have you seen the Harold & Kumar series? It is also a ridiculous film that wasn’t meant to be taken seriously, so I’m not sure that you will like it.

  2. Indeed, but think of it this way: African Americans are 12% of the population, yet they are quite prominent on the big screen. Asian Americans are growing , almost 6% of the population, yet theres pretty much no movies with them as the lead role. There’s a discrepancy here that you can’t blame on population alone. Also, last time I checked, there’s lots of Asian actors living in LA.

    And yes, I’ve seen the Harold and Kumar series, and I really enjoyed them. Too bad they are ‘cult’ films and not as successful as Hangover or such.

  3. Indeed, but think of it this way: African Americans are 12% of the population, yet they are quite prominent on the big screen. Asian Americans are growing , almost 6% of the population, yet theres pretty much no movies with them as the lead role. There’s a discrepancy here that you can’t blame on population alone. Furthermore, why are Asian females being portrayed more than Asian males in American movies (most often as love interests for the protagonists)? Also, last time I checked, there’s lots of Asian actors living in LA. And yes, I’ve seen the Harold and Kumar series, and I really enjoyed them. Too bad they are ‘cult’ films and not as successful as Hangover or such.

  4. You would think AT&T would have some sympathy for you about your phone being stolen..tisk tisk. I’d say get the Samsung G II. Pretty awesome phone (several in laws have those phones and from my handling of them, they are pretty amazing).

  5. I enjoyed the movie… I probably won’t watch it again but it was good for a few laughs. I do get annoyed with the stereotyping of Asians in Hollywood movies, but overall I thought the movie was entertaining.

    Sorry about your phone. =( Dude was definitely ballsy.

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