A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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