Hangover II trailer pulled from theaters for being too offensive

Kaiser covered the Hangover II trailer (above) when it first came out last week. It looked funny as hell, but like they used the exact same plot device as last time: guys go out to celebrate an upcoming wedding, wake up the next day beat to hell and have to figure out what happened the day before. Ed Helms finds himself with a tattoo on his face instead of a missing tooth, they have a little monkey to tag along with them instead of a baby, and a guy goes missing and they have to find him. As many of you pointed out in the comments: if it ain’t broke… Still, you would hope that they would mix it up a little, but why mess with a good formula when there’s so much money at stake?

Like the first movie, this trailer has some shocking moments and things that could potentially be considered offensive. That’s what made the original (and let’s face it, probably the best) Hangover so much fun. Only Warner Brothers claims not to have run this trailer by the powers that be at the MPAA, who freaked out and made the decision to pull it after it was run during Source Code showings on April 1st. Source Code is PG-13. Slashfilm had the notice below informing theater owners that they were no longer to air the trailer even with R rated movies.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news that the trailer was pulled probably due to a scene where a monkey licks on a bottle from a guy’s pants (that’s at 2:15 in the trailer above.) Warner Brothers takes responsibility for not running it by the MPAA first, but that’s probably not the case at all. JoBlo notes that of course the trailer has the green MPAA “approved for all audiences” notice at the beginning, and adds that they probably didn’t pull it until people complained.

In one offending scene, Zach Galifianakis’ character encourages a monkey to bite a bottle he’s shoved under an old man’s sarong.

Warner Bros. has pulled the first trailer for The Hangover Part II from theaters after failing to vet the spot properly with the Motion Picture Assn. of America, which makes sure movie advertising isn’t out of sync with the ratings system.
The MPAA asked Warners to rectify the situation after the trailer—complete with a monkey made to perform a simulated sexual act—debuted in front Summit Entertainment’s Source Code on April 1. Source Code is rated PG-13; while Hangover II is rated R.

“In our haste to meet the placement schedule for this trailer, we failed to properly vet the final version with the MPAA. We acted immediately to correct the mistake and removed the trailer from screens,” Warner Bros. said in a brief statement.

But the trailer is apparently too racy to play even in front of R-rated films. Insiders said Warners is making several tweaks to the trailer before it goes back into theaters on April 15, playing in front of the R-rated Sream 4. The online trailer also will change.

Warners wouldn’t discuss what’s being tweaked, but insiders say the scene featuring the monkey nibbling on an old man’s “wenis” is a likely target.

Hangover II opens in theaters on May 26.

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

Well maybe this trailer should have been rated with a red band for “restricted audiences” and only shown before R movies. I get that it could be offensive to some, but that’s not the filmmakers fault. If the MPAA viewed this and approved it, it’s on them. This will only increase the buzz for this film, which is sure to be a hit even if it’s a pale derivative of the original. Hell I’ll probably see it.


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  1. Violet says:

    i can’t believe the first one was so popular that it warranted a sequel. i thought it was just so stupid and this one looks just as idiotic.

  2. sasa says:

    I find the trailer funny and now have an urge to say Uranus just because.

    7 year old humor FTW!

  3. Bailey says:

    why bother pulling it? its all over the internet. why bother making a second one? It does not need a sequel.

  4. Celia says:

    I once saw the first one but never finished it because I fell asleep… well this sort of movie does nothing for me.

  5. mln76 says:

    I guess I am really juvenile because I love this movie and I can’t wait for the sequel. I doubt it will be as funny but I really don’t care. And the only thing pulling the trailer achieved was creating more press for them.

  6. DetRiotgirl says:

    Although I might eventually see this mess and I probably will end up laughing throughout, it looks exactly the same as the first movie. I mean, that was the best they could do? I’m not impressed.

  7. tango says:

    I enjoyed the first one. And while I would appreciate the second having the same kind of craziness, if it’s basically a repeat of the first one with the guys trying to remember what they did while drunk as they search for their lost friend, it does prove that Hollywood is out of ideas.

  8. sasa says:

    I kind of appreciate they didn’t try to camouflage the sequel as “new and original”.

    I mean, come on! Sequels usually suck compared to the original and I think it’s refreshing they just blatantly re-made the movie as it is.

    They actually have fun with it in the trailer with mentioning teeth- I saw that as auto-ironic but maybe it’s just me.

  9. Brittney says:

    Yay, I literally said “if it ain’t broke…” and now stupidly feel special.

    Also, you’re right. This will only create more buzz for the film. I didn’t think the trailer was at all shocking when I first saw it (maybe because I’m so used to red-band trailers now, and this one pales in comparison), but I guess the monkey scene is a tad inappropriate for mass audiences. I wonder if they’ll release a tamer trailer soon.

  10. EdithP says:

    I’m looking forward to it!

  11. MikeyAngel says:

    LOVE this movie! One of the funniest movies of the past few years. Can’t wait to see the second.

  12. malachais says:

    @sasa, ITA. Can’t wait to see it!

  13. Tia C says:

    Can’t wait either! Despite the fact that this movie appears to be a complete and total re-hash of the first one but set in a different location, I’m looking forward to seeing it. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one. These guys work so well together comedically – can’t wait to see what they get up to in Bangkok!

  14. designerprons says:

    Anyone who finds that remotely offensive needs to get out more.

  15. Mark says:

    America is such a joke with its false morality. A place where its ok to sodomize and murder prisoners of war but a harmless act that wasnt even sex is offensive. They just want a lower rating to make more money by getting a wider audience. Money Is the real root of all evi, not sex. But America is too ignorant to see that.

  16. Solveig says:

    I enjoyed the first one, and I’m not into this kind of movies, but it was so hilarious. I suppose that I’m one of those people who are looking forward to seeing it, can’t help.
    As for the rating, mpfh… If it was a movie about violence, with gallons of blood flooding nobody would’ve said a word against it. It amazes me that sex still causes more disputes than violence.

  17. Buckley says:

    I just can’t take any more Bradley Cooper.

  18. devilgirl says:

    The only thing that offends me is the fact that Hollywood thinks they can use the same story, same premise, set it in a new location and call it a movie!

    I have seen two trailers for the movie and it is the same thing as The Hangover. Funny once, old twice.

  19. Kim says:

    The first movie was so dumb. I dont get it? Hollywood has really stupid sense of humor.

  20. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    There’s a reason they didn’t turn Groundhog Day into a franchise.