The Hangover Part II

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Raunchy comedy sequel is cruder, less funny, than original.
  • R
  • 2011
  • 102 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 50 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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."

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRaclyst26 July 13, 2011

Not for children!!!!

Anyone who subjects their kids to this movie is not a responsible parent AT ALL!!!
Adult Written bybiggreen15 June 25, 2011

Disgusted 24 year old.

This movie is disgusting. I went with my husband to see it and we were both nauseated afterwards. The movie not only shows multiple nudity scenes, but takes it... Continue reading
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!!
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.... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love comedies

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