Looks like what happened in Bangkok stays out of the theaters: The Los Angeles Times reported earlier today that Warner Bros. had requested that its trailer for The Hangover Part II that premiered last week be pulled from all theaters. Now, Warner Bros. confirms the news to EW, releasing this statement: “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.”
Apparently, the trailer had been airing before screenings of the PG-13 Source Code, and though you’d be hard pressed to find any complaints about the Hangover trailer on the Web (or, heck, amongst your friends), its adult content – including a shot of a monkey mock-simulating a sexual act – was deemed too inappropriate for under-17 audiences. But because there was no outcry (a source tells EW that the studio had not received any complaints) we have to ask: Were you offended by The Hangover Part II trailer?
Perhaps I’ve been desensitized by three complete seasons of both Jersey Shore and Rock of Love, but I’ve been more disgusted by episodes of network series like The Bachelor than the Hangover Part II trailer. (Even when the trailer came out last week, we didn’t stick a NSFW caveat into the post.) Admittedly, though, the trailer’s final joke is a bit off-color – and something a parent accompanying a 13-year-old child to Source Code might not want to see. (Even if a good number of PG-13 movies also feature plenty of violence and disturbing images. Yay hypocrisy!) But theater audiences should expect plenty more raunch from The Hangover Part II: A source says that Warner Bros. will ready a trailer appropriate for R-rated audiences to air in front of Scream 4.
But what do you think, PopWatchers? Would you be offended seeing the Hangover Part II trailer at a PG-13 movie? Or, rather, should we be? Are we too desensitized? For a refresher, see the trailer embedded below.
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