Judging by its enormous success at the box office this weekend, a lot of people laughed at 'The Hangover Part II.' And yet, an essay analyzing comedy trends in this weekend's New York Times Magazine argues that 'Hangover II' has at last perfected the "joke-free" comedy.

There's something to that, insofar as 'Hangover II' is all about its familiar characters being put through familiar situations in an unfamiliar setting. We're supposed to laugh not so much at classically-built gags and funny lines of dialogue, but rather at outrageous behavior.
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