So today I finally got around to watching the Hangover II at my friend’s place. Since I have been to Thailand a couple of times and love the place I was keen to see it. (yes I know this came out ages ago, I’ve been busy) But as someone who has been to Thailand I found this movie really annoying because its geographically impossible. Seriously guys, how long does it take to google something to see that it doesn’t make sense. Grr
Firstly, the wedding location is an unknown area, however judging from the scenery, it is a fair way south, as the closest day trip beaches from Bangkok look nothing like this, and they are about 4 hours away. But lets say they are 4 hours away.
The film’s conflict starts with them on the beach, having a few American beers (geez drink some Thai beer instead, it is much better! not to mention cheaper). Judging by the lighting it is pretty late, they were also about to go to bed before this. Then somehow they end up at least 4 hours away, with enough time to do all the damage they did. This damage includes going all the way to a Chang Mai monastery to steal a monk. I went from Bangkok to Chang Mai once by train. It took almost 13 hours. I will admit it was an old slow train, but still.
These guys then return the monk to the monastery the next day, a good 13 hours say there and back. Considering they state that there is 2 days between the bonfire scene and the wedding scene, there is clearly not enough hours in the day. They also travel there by songthaew. Anyone that has ever been on one of these, knows you would not spend 13 hours on one, without being cramped and in a bit of pain. They aren’t the most comfortable of rides, especially for the long haul.
On another note, in the film’s conclusion, where the boys classically go through all the photos from the night before they happen to find later on with the guy that is missing the whole time. (how convenient) There is a shot mocking one the most famous photos to come out of the Vietnam War.Wrong country boys! Oh the arrogance. Seriously, next time you write a film, get a map and a history book!