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'The Hangover Part II' trailer controversy -- monkey joke too much for moviegoers? [Updated]

April 6, 2011 | 12:03 pm

"The Hangover Part II" trailer, which premiered online last week, didn't seem too shocking, but evidently it gave at least a few people pause. Distributor Warner Bros. has requested that movie theaters yank the spot, which had been playing in front of the sci-fi thriller "Source Code," and destroy it. 

The MPAA approves trailers before they are placed in front of particular movies. In this case, the trailer for the "Hangover" follow-up -- which, among other scenes, includes a visual gag involving a water bottle and a monkey performing a simulated sex act -- was approved to run only ahead of R-rated movies. It shouldn't have run before "Source Code," which is rated PG-13, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak about it publicly.

There were no known complaints from "Source Code" theatergoers about the trailer.

According to a document received by the blog /Film, a new trailer will appear in front of the R-rated horror film "Scream 4" when that movie opens April 15. While studios routinely release multiple trailers,  it's unclear whether Warner Bros. planned to release a new trailer for the "Hangover" sequel so quickly or whether the "Source Code" incident prompted that decision. 

The MPAA declined to comment, and a Warner Bros. spokesman did not immediately provide a comment.  [Update, 12:37 p.m.: Warner Bros. has issued a statement, saying, "In our haste to meet the placement schedule for this trailer, we failed to properly vet the final version with the MPAA. We acted immediately to correct the mistake and removed the trailer from screens." The trailer preceding "Scream," meanwhile, will be a version of the original trailer instead of a new piece of material.] The Todd Phillips-directed comedy opens May 26.

For the record, 12:50 p.m.: An earlier version of this post referred to a moment in a film trailer involving monkey genitalia; in fact, the trailer makes a joke about a monkey performing a simulated sex act.


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-- Steven Zeitchik


Photo: "The Hangover: Part II." Credit: Warner Bros.

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Was the MPAA also responsible for removing the only funny moment from the Cars 2 trailer as well? If you didn't see it, Mater get's a little surprise cleaning in a Japanese restroom with a giggling car with bubbles coming out of its butt on a monitor next to him.

There’s a great search on café press .com about the last joke search 521735818

I would like to propose that the MPAA do a second set of ratings, not aimed at parents but aimed at ticket buyers over 18 years old. This set of ratings would give an NC-17 rating to films that only appeal to children, and a G rating to films like YOUR HIGHNESS.

In the HANGOVER 2 trailer, a monkey drinks from a water bottle - anything else is your dirty mind. Obviously, the MPAA has a very dirty mind.


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