‘Hangover Part II’ trailer yanked from theaters over oral sex scene

Funny or naughty? Monkey does dirty deed in 'Hangover Part II' trailer
Funny or naughty? Monkey does dirty deed in ‘Hangover Part II’ trailer

Is the new Hangover Part II trailer too naughty? The MPAA thinks so, and Warner Bros. has asked the trailer to be trashed.

First, some context: Generally there are two types of trailers — ones with “green bands” ones with “red bands.” The colors refer to the background at the beginning of a trailer when the film’s rating is shown.

“Red band” trailers generally have curses or nudity or foul humor, while “green band” trailers are clean and family friendly.

Personally, I don’t know that the Hangover Part II trailer is all that bad, but I guess I see their point.

The issue concerns a bit at the end, where Zach Galifianakis places a bottle beneath the pants of an Asian fellow seated next to him on a bus. A monkey, which I suppose serves as the little companion in place of the baby in the first film, then bites down on the bottle through the fabric in a manner that suggests it’s… well, performing oral sex.

Or, in this case, a rather painful bit of oral sex.

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

What do you think? Is the gag not something children should be subjected to? Keep in mind that the trailer would have reportedly only played before Source Code, the PG-13 Jake Gyllenhaal sci-fi flick that kids were unlikely to attend anyway.

Seems to me this is just a gimmick to get people talking about the trailer, and to “trick” the media into playing the trailer and discuss it on news shows. But maybe I’m being cynical.

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Michael Sheridan

Michael Sheridan has written, directed and produced more than a dozen short films under the banner of Maynard Films, and has worked as a writer for more than a decade for websites, magazines and newspapers.

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