The Hangover Part II



Raunchy comedy sequel is cruder, less funny, than original.
  • Review Date: May 26, 2011
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 102 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There are some mixed messages here. Although the take-away is to stick by your friends, the film also says that those same friends can get you into a lot of tight spots. And other so-called friends might even try to drug you...

Positive role models

While some of the characters spend much of the movie lying -- and their behavior is certainly far from exemplary -- Stu ultimately decides to be completely honest about (almost) all of the group’s misadventures and stands up to his contemptuous father-in-law.


A few scenes include fistfights, brawling, and gunshots, as well as one car chase and a high-speed speedboat accident. One character loses a finger in a mysterious incident.


Explicit discussions about sexual encounters with prostitutes. Several full-frontal shots featuring pre-operative transgender characters, who have breasts and penises (all are visible). Other scenes with topless women. Spoiler alert: The ending features a montage of photos from the lost night that includes a variety of sexually explicit images that border on pornography.


Near non-stop swearing, including "s--t," "c--k," and liberal use of "f--k" (and variations thereof). Also "d--k," "c--t," "oh my God," "hell," "ass," and "damn."


A few scenes feature Singha beer, a well-known Thai brand.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some drinking on screen, and many references to a night of debauchery that clearly involved lots of liquor. Some of the lowlights from the night are seen in a flashback scene in which the main characters are all portrayed as pre-teen boys who are drinking heavily and engaging in all manner of drunken misbehavior. One character snorts cocaine, and a drug deal is an important plot point. The film also features a monkey that smokes cigarettes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, in attempting to surpass the original film, this R-rated comedy sequel is even cruder and more explicit than the first installment (i.e. full-frontal shots of pre-operative transgender characters). This time around, the three main characters wake up in Bangkok with no memory of what transpired the previous night, only to learn that their evening included drug deals, a severed finger, plenty of drugs and drinking, and a surprising encounter with strippers. All of this is punctuated with non-stop swearing, including tons of F-bombs.

What's the story?

Here we go again. On the eve of his wedding, Stu (Ed Helms) wakes up in a dingy hotel room in Bangkok, along with Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis), all badly hung over. What transpired the night before? None of them can remember, but clearly it was over-the-top intense, with Stu’s new facial tattoo as a lovely memento. And, wait -- where's Stu’s soon-to-be teenage brother-in-law, Teddy (Mason Lee)? As they search for their missing pal, the gang tries to fill in the gaps in their memories.

Is it any good?


The genius of the first Hangover is that it shocked you into hilarity with its then-unparalleled raunch and insanity. So it’s no surprise that lightning can’t be bottled twice. This sequel pales so much in comparison that it's nearly transparent. You know a sequel's in trouble when it has to heavily reference -- no, patently copy -- its predecessor. (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, please laugh.)

Nearly everything in the THE HANGOVER 2 has a specific parallel to what we saw in the first movie. There's no tiger, but there's a monkey. It’s not the same guy getting married, but there's a wedding -- and a missing member of the wedding party. And yes, the gang, who's all here, has yet another ridiculously wacky bachelor party. And once again, Stu wakes to find himself disfigured. Though the storyline has been transplanted overseas, it does nothing but advance the same tired jokes about Thailand. Is this the best the filmmakers can do? Thank goodness, then, for the cast’s chemistry, which is the film’s saving grace. Still, what a disappointment! This hangover badly needs a cure.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the film's excessive depiction of wild partying. Is the film condoning or glorifying this kind of behavior?

  • Talk about the ritual of the bachelor party -- is it a chance for real bonding or simple immature excess?

  • What do you think about the characters’ loyalty to each other? Does the Wolfpack stick together?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 26, 2011
DVD release date:December 6, 2011
Cast:Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis
Director:Todd Phillips
Studio:Touchstone Pictures
Run time:102 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images

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Teen, 15 years old Written bystylish_sridhar May 15, 2011

Not for kids at all, but great for younger or older adults.

Such a funny movie. But careful, Adult comedy ahead!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bycjsworld9000 October 19, 2011

More innappropriate than Last, but just as good

Great movie, just as good as the first, but even more inappropriate. There was a transsexual in a club where there was strippers pole dancing. There was guns, violence, a little blood. A lot of drinking, as the whole movie is based on Ruffies.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byMazey June 11, 2011

It boils down to trust.

First off: yes, the movie is raunchy, but would you expect anything different from anything with the title "The Hangover"? No? I didn't think so. So don't act all surprised about it. Review: The movie is definitely funny, don't get me wrong, but of course we all know that the "funny" in this movie isn't exactly best to be seen by a younger audience. You should be worried if you allow any child who is NOT A HIGHSCHOOLER to watch this movie. Okay, some of you parents are probably shaking your heads, but hear me out - us highschoolers know a *lot* more than you give us credit for (haha, some of you are thinking to yourselves "They think they know everything."), and if you're afraid of "exposing us" to all of the raunchy stuff in the Hangover 2, let me give you a tip - We've seen it before. Nothing's better exposure to all of this stuff than highschool. Parents, you just have to trust that your highschoolers aren't going to grow up being like the characters in this ridiculously funny movie. If you *can't*, then, well, I feel sorry for you. Overall - funny movie. Not for little kids. Highschoolers should be allowed to watch it. Parents need to relax because we just want to see the movie as much as they do.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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