Movie Tuesday: The Hangover Part II

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hangover 2.JPGThe box office derby sent us Plugged In movie reviewers searching for Alka-Seltzer over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. It kinda made us feel a little headache-y and sick to our stomachs.

If you’re looking for the reason for our billious angst, look no further than The Hangover Part II, which lorded over the box office like a 350-pound drunken frat boy dancing on the dining room table. The R-rated comedy, which reviewer Bob Hoose said was incredibly, predictably foul, swayed and swerved its way to around $137.4 million over the lengthy holiday weekend (if you just count the traditional Friday-through-Sunday swing, the romp pocketed around $86 million). Just its three-day total was enough to set a record (highest weekend gross for an R-rated comedy ever), and it tallied about twice what second-place entrant Kung Fu Panda 2 scored—despite a pretty favorable review by yours truly. Clearly, more people need to download our app.

Holdovers Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Bridesmaids and  Thor finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

I’m sure there’s more I could say about all this. But frankly, I kinda feel like crawling back in bed now. Wake me when X-Men: First Class opens next week.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  AnnFOTF:

Moderator note -- Thanks for expressing your honest concern, Vesper.  Our Plugged In staff actually gets this question a lot!  For their perspective on this issue, you can check out the article "How Can You Wade Through So Much Garbage?" Hope this explanation helps.  Blessings, friend!

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Vesper:

I can't imagine that this type of movie would be good for anyone's mind, who are the Christians going to see & review these movies?  I pray that they are praying for God to remove the images after they have seen them...because I know once it gets in there it is hard to get them out!

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  YetAnotherTeen:

There's no reason for anyone to see a movie that is, essentially, porn, regardless of age. It doesn't benefit them, and even if it's a fairly well-made movie, that doesn't excuse the content, it only makes it even less necessary.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  yuppie_word:

While I did enjoy the first Hangover (it had obvious content issues, but the worst of it was language and some shoddy morals; the sexual content wasn't too graphic in my opinion, and I turned it off before the footage over the credits) I will not be seeing the second one because of how much more graphic it is. I know I will probably come under fire for saying this, but I don't have much of a problem with older teens and adults seeing this movie if they can handle the graphic sexual content and not be affected by it. Adults should know what they are getting into, and make the decision for themselves based on their morals and what they believe. I made the decision not to see it, because I knew my conscience would come under fire for it. However, I work at a movie theater, and I am shocked at how many people take their children who are under 10 to see this movie. I believe that parents should be able to exclusively decide what their kids watch, based on how much they know their child can handle, but there should be no reason and no excuse to take a child that young to see a movie that is essentially porn. It's bad parenting, no matter how you look at it.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Chris S.:

Thank you for reviewing R rated movies. I am a youth pastor and while some people may live on another planet and think church kids aren't watching these movies, the reality is that many of them are. Thank you for being a place parents and youth pastors can go to to find out what is actually in these movies without having to watch them. Awesome job "plugged in", keep up the good work!

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Wes:

Thanks for seeing these movies so the rest of us don't have to. I was just thinking after reading "Just its three-day total was enough to set a record (highest weekend gross for an R-rated comedy ever)" that the key word there was "GROSS"!

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  VReed:

I think I can clarify. Pluggedin seeks to equip parents with the knowledge they need to make entertainment decisions that are moral and informed. That means informed about everything. And the Hangover and its sequel are among the most popular movies out there. You can't just ignore it, because the kids sure as heck aren't.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  LauraFOTF:

Thanks for your comments, Austin. You're not the first one to ask why Plugged In would review R-rated movies.  I just wanted to jump on to point you to our Frequently Asked Questions, one of which addresses that very issue. Hopefully that will shed a little light on the reasoning behind the editorial choices you see here. Thanks for posting!

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  kate:

I don't think having a super model playing Mystique was bad for the previous X-men films. I think Rebecca Romijn did a good job.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  YetAnotherTeen:

Sometimes, but not usually. And since the stuff in the previews is almost the same stuff from the previous X-Men movies, it's highly unlikely it'll be cut.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  lupinskitten:

I can't wait to see X-Men. I doubt content-wise it will be worse than the others, and maybe even better considering they don't have a super model playing Mystique...

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  kate:

Sometimes, the spots in the trailer end up being cut from the final version that makes it to theatres.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Charger:

I know trailers don't say or show everything. But trailers contain a little snippet of what some of the content is going to be. Previews for X-Men: First Class and Cowboys and Aliens contain some images that make me a bit leery of seeing them. Just have to wait till the reviews.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  kate:

Agreed. I'm definitely seeing First Class either way. I don't understand the deal with Hangover 2, it's exactly like the first one.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  NeilH:

Trailers don't tell everything.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Nemo:

This makes me sad. One thing in this world I don NOT understand is foul humor. It just isn't funny. On many levels. I guess we need to pray for our world a bit more often...

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  YetAnotherTeen:

Somehow, I doubt Plugged in will be liking X-Men: First Class too much either, after seeing trailers that include dancing girls, juvenile Mystique, and a ton of explosions.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Austin:

My question is, why does pluggedin even review movies like The Hangover?  Any trailers or a short description of the movie (to say nothing about the rating) make it painfully obvious that it's just another party and sex it up "comedy".  The great majority of the people who frequent this site are parents checking on the possibility of something remotely watchable, they don't even need to read the review of The Hangover to know it's garbage.  The type of person who would watch such movies would not be on pluggedin to check the "foul-o-meter".  Why would someone read the review?  To point and go "Wow, look how bad and off base the movie industry is, tsk tsk, what a shame".