I watch "Today" in the mornings to gank story ideas and because I find it oddly soothing (that's what I look for in television -- does it stress me out or not?). Today, it was a cheerleading junket on behalf of the "Hangover" movies.
Here's the thing. When I saw the first "Hangover" in the theater, every cell in my body surged with excitement and happiness and elation. I LOVE SEEING HILARIOUS AND TALENTED PEOPLE FINALLY GET THEIR DUE!
I still have my ticket stub from seeing Zach Galifianakis open for Janeane Garofalo in 2003 listed as "special guest" where he told the audience, "Someday I'm going to be more famous than her." Cut to: a decade later, and wow. He's one of the biggest stars on the planet.
Which brings me to "Hangover 2." I found it aggressively, aggressively unfunny. It's why I prefer to watch dramas a lot more than comedies very often. Nothing makes me die inside like shitty comedy, especially when you know what someone is capable of. I don't know if it was the fame, the money, or what corrupted the second movie, but the jokes were dumb and called in, dark just for the sake of being dark (rather than there being a point or intelligence or cleverness to it in order to SELL and justify the darkness) and it just made me sad. Like the scene in "Cuckoo's Nest" where Jack Nicholson's head lolls blankly post-lobotomy. It's the same person -- but not really.
Don't get me wrong. I still love all the stars in the movie itself, but I just haven't gotten over that painfully unfunny sequel.
And now "Hangover 3" is out. None of the clips make me laugh, and it looks like more darkness and gross-out outrageous-ness just for the sake of that. Probably nothing embodies that to me more than the giraffe decapitation gag that ends every preview.
So. Are you going to see it? Do you disagree? Fire away.
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