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The Hangover Part II Review Critics


Dave White Profile

The same river twice. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

Plagiarizing yourself is not a crime. Read full review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 20

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    What was fresh and surprising in Las Vegas turns rancid and predictable in Bangkok.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Hangover II marks one of the most derivative sequels of the year: The opening and closing scenes are taken almost shot-for-shot from the original. Just substitute Asians for Americans, gross-outs for guffaws.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Manages to deliver more laughs than most of the competition.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Here, as in "The Hangover," the laughs aren't just staged, they're superlatively engineered.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Raunchy comedy sequel is cruder, less funny, than original.

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    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...

  • rolemodels true0

    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.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    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 false5

    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 false5

    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 false1

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

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and 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.