I enjoyed both The Hangover 1 and The Hangover 2. The second one, which I saw about a week ago, was definitely not as good as the first but still enjoyable enough.

It follows the same plot line as the first, and I mean the exact same plot line. Yet it somehow manages to be a bit thrilling and mysterious. That in alone is amazing, as I never quite knew what was going to happen even though I knew what was going to happen, if that makes any sense.

As at the end of the first one, a camera is found and in the end credits, we get to see snapshots of what actually happened. Well one of those pictures is causing a bit of a shitstorm in the crazy interweb. I personally think that if you add up all of the craziness of the first two movies, this doesn’t seem to be any worse. However, my favorite film critic in the world, Roger Ebert, had something to say about it and so I thus believe it to be worth noting.

Here is the photo in question. (Please excuse the terrible quality but it wasn’t easy to get my hands on this).

“It’s not that I was shocked,” Ebert says in his review of the movie.  “This is a raunch fest, yes, but not an offense against humanity (except for that photo, which is a desecration of one of the two most famous photos to come out of the Vietnam War).”

It is the belief of Ebert and countless others that this photo is a recreation of Eddie Adams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning photo from the Vietnam War.

I believe that it is probably unrelated and unintentional, although I wouldn’t be surprised either way. Anyone who actually saw either of the movies knows that Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow) does a lot of crazy shit and always seems to have guns pointed at him or is getting himself tied up or thrown in iceboxes. The similarities between the photos are slim and I believe if they were actually going to do it, they would have done it correctly. That is the shooter would be facing the opposite direction, and one or two other characters would be included in the photo. Either way, it is questionable even if this photo is a depiction of the famous Vietcong photo in Saigon, on whether that would be the most offensive joke in the movie or if it is offensive at all. The fact is these people were on roofies. That is completely different than say being on pot, or even heroin. It is a blackout that can last for eight hours and cause you to get tattoos on your face or get married to strippers, or I suppose, reenacting famous photography. Plus it would have kind of made more sense had they been in Vietnam. Either way, who cares? Let’s stop fussing over stuff that is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. There are, after all, according to (www.worldhunger.org), 925 million people who are undernourished in this world.

  1. Cono says:

    I noticed right away, i think they did it on purpose.

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