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The Hangover Part II

The Hangover Part II

The Hangover: Part IIis a 2011 American comedy film and sequel to 2009'sThe Hangover. The film stars Bradley Cooper , Ed Helms , and Zach Galifianakis . Justin Bartha and Ken Jeong also reprise their roles. Todd Phillips directed a script written by him, Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong .

The film was produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures . Production began in October 2010 and the film was released in the United States on May 26, 2011.

Two years after their escapade in Las Vegas , Stu ( Ed Helms ), Phil ( Bradley Cooper ), and Doug ( Justin Bartha ) are traveling to Thailand to celebrate Stu's wedding to his fiancée, Lauren ( Jamie Chung ). Alan ( Zach Galifianakis ), who Stu reluctantly invited, also comes along. Much to Alan's dismay, they are joined by Lauren's younger brother, Teddy ( Mason Lee ), a prodigy and pre-medical student at Stanford University . At the wedding reception, Lauren's father shows his disapproval of Stu by comparing him to rice porridge in his toast. At the end of the night, Stu hesitantly joins Phil, Doug, Alan and Teddy for a beer. Sitting at a campfire and roasting marshmallows , the group toast to Stu and Lauren's future happiness.

The following morning, Phil, Stu and Alan awaken in a dirty hotel room in an unknown location. Stu has a tattoo on his face, and Alan's head is completely shaven. They find gangster Leslie Chow ( Ken Jeong ) (whom Alan befriended after Las Vegas) and a chainsmoking capuchin monkey . However, they cannot find Teddy, only discovering his severed finger. Chow begins recalling the events of the prior night, but his heart stops after snorting a line of cocaine . Panicked, the trio dispose of Chow's body in an ice machine. Eventually, they discover that they are in Bangkok .

Through Doug (who left early the last night and is still at the wedding reception), they find out that Teddy was arrested and is waiting in jail. However, the "Teddy" at the prison turns out to be a handicapped elderly Buddhist monk , who has taken a vow of silence and is no help in their search for the real Teddy. Discovering a card for a night club, the trio and the monk travel to that location only to find the entire neighborhood smouldering in ruins. They enter a nearby tattoo parlor, where they are told that they had started a fight in the club that escalated into a riot. The trio then return the monk to his Buddhist temple, where they are encouraged by the head monk to meditate to help remember past events. Alan is able to recall a strip club that they had gone to. There, they discover no new leads but do learn that Stu had engaged in sex with a katoey prostitute at the bar (with Stu being on the receiving end ). Upon exiting, the trio are attacked by two Russian mobsters from whom they had apparently stolen the monkey, and Phil is shot in the arm.

After Phil is treated at a clinic, Alan finally confesses that he had drugged some of the marshmallows from the previous night with muscle relaxants and ADHD medication in order to sedate Teddy but accidentally mixed up the bags. Stu attacks Alan, and they notice an address and time point for a meeting written on Alan's stomach. The trio arrive at a luxurious hotel to find another gangster, Kingsley ( Paul Giamatti ), who demands Chow's bank account codes and passwords by the next morning in exchange for Teddy. They return to the hotel to try to find Chow's password, only to discover that he is still alive. Chow explains that he had hidden the code in the monkey's jacket. They manage to steal the monkey back from the Russian mobsters but barely escape with their lives in a violent car chase, during which the monkey is shot and injured. After taking the code and leaving the monkey at a veterinary clinic , the group return to Kingsley's hotel to complete the deal. Suddenly, Interpol agents appear and arrest Chow; Kingsley turns out to be an undercover agent. He tells the trio that the police have searched all day for Teddy but were unable to find him.

Desperate and out of clues, Phil once again calls Doug's wife Tracy to inform her that they have "fucked up." Stu then has an epiphany and realizes where Teddy has been all along. The trio rush back to the hotel and find Teddy in the elevator unharmed (albeit still missing a finger). He was using the elevator to get more ice for his finger but experienced a power outage. The four use Chow's speedboat, the keys for which were in Teddy's pocket, to travel back to the wedding reception. Arriving just as Lauren's father is about to cancel the wedding, Stu makes a defiant speech where he rejects being boring and instead states that he is in fact quite wild with "a little demon inside him." Impressed by Stu's sudden display of authority and confidence, Lauren's father finally accepts him and gives the couple his blessing. After the wedding continues on, Alan presents Stu with a special gift at the post-reception dance: a musical guest performance by Mike Tyson . Later at night as Phil, Stu, Alan, Doug, and Tyson reminisce about all of their crazy escapades, Teddy discovers that he had taken many pictures during the night on his mobile phone. Once again, the group agree to look at the pictures together once before erasing the evidence of their exploits.


  • Bradley Cooper as Phil Wenneck
  • Ed Helms as Dr. Stuart "Stu" Price
  • Zach Galifianakis as Alan Garner
  • Justin Bartha as Doug Billings
  • Ken Jeong as Leslie Chow
  • Jeffrey Tambor as Sid Garner
  • Jamie Chung as Lauren, Stu's fiancée
  • Bryan Callen as Samir, strip club owner
  • Mason Lee as Teddy, Lauren's brother
  • Paul Giamatti as Kingsley, an undercover Interpol agent
  • Sasha Barrese as Tracy Billings, Doug's wife
  • Gillian Vigman as Stephanie Wenneck, Phil's wife
  • Yasmin Lee as Kimmy

Cooper, Helms, Galifianakis, Bartha, Jeong, Barrese and Tambor reprise their roles from the first film. Mike Tyson also reprises his role as himself and sings a cover of the 1984 Murray Head song " One Night in Bangkok " for the movie.The film is the Hollywood debut of Mason Lee, son of director Ang Lee . Nick Cassavetes has a cameo appearance as a Bangkok tattoo artist. Liam Neeson was initially cast in that role, which was originally envisioned for Mel Gibson .


Development and pre-production

In April 2009, Warner Bros. set director Todd Phillips to write a sequel toThe Hangoverwith Scot Armstrong. The dealmaking came two months beforeThe Hangoverwas released on June 5, 2009. While studios often wait to see box office results before committing to a sequel,The Hangovertested strongly, and a trailer brought down the house at ShoWest .

Varietylater reported in July 2009, that production onThe Hangover 2would begin in October 2010, for a Memorial Day 2011 release, following the same production schedule used for the first film.Also in July Zach Galifianakis stated in an interview withLatino Reviewthat the film will be set in Thailand , "Well, I think we're going to Thailand. The problem with 'Hangover 2' is that we have to live up to what we did which is very difficult. So we get, I think, kind of kidnapped. It has nothing to do with the bachelor party. We're definitely not doing that again but we do end up in an exotic location. That's all I know".

In January 2010, director Todd Phillips dismissed rumors that Zac Efron would join the cast ofThe Hangover 2, though actor Ed Helms stated Efron would be a welcomed addition, commenting, "I love that guy. He's actually really funny".

In March 2010, Todd Phillips denied reports that the film would take place in Mexico or Thailand stating, "I don’t know. There’s a lot of rumors. There was rumor also that it was going to Mexico or something and neither are true".Also in March it was reported that Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper , Ed Helms and Justin Bartha had all completed talks and were ready to sign deals to reprise their roles in the sequel. Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms will each reportedly be paid in the vicinity of $5 million against 4% of first dollar gross. Director/producer Todd Phillips will reportedly be paid around $10 million against 10%. Phillips was also offered escalators and bonuses to ensure that if the sequel does anywhere close to the original’s $467 million worldwide gross, then he would not make less than his income on the original.

Bradley Cooper stated that "we made [the] decision early on" to keep the same plot structure. "I remember we did this photo shoot forVanity Fairand that was when we first talked about a sequel in a realistic way; and we were all in the room together afterwards and we were saying 'here’s the choice: do we stray from the structure or do we run straight for it?' And we all agreed, no question about it, we hadn’t earned the ability to take these 3 guys out and put them in a new structure. There needs to be a ticking clock, there needs to be a missed night and there needs to be someone who’s gone and a woman who is waiting to get married and a guy who needs to get married."

In June 2010, before accepting the Guy Movie of the Year award on the Spike Guys Choice Awards, director Todd Phillips announced that there will be aHangover 2and are hoping to begin filming around October 15, 2010 for a July 4, 2011 weekend release.

In July 2010, it was confirmed that film will indeed be set in Thailand and earlier comments made by Todd Phillips denying such reports was a deliberate case of misdirection.The following month Bradley Cooper stated he believes the rumors to be true and was looking forward to filmingThe Hangover 2in Thailand.

In October 2010, it was confirmed by director Todd Phillips that the film would take place in Bangkok and Los Angeles and that Galifianakis, Cooper, Helms and Jeong would be returning.


On a budget of $80 million, principal photography began on October 8, 2010 in Ontario, California with the first images of production being released a few days later.It was also reported in October that actress Heather Graham would not be reprising her role as Jade from the first film.Later in the same month it was reported that Mel Gibson would have a cameo appearance in the film as a Bangkok tattoo artist.Four days later Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and director Todd Phillips confirmed that Gibson would not be appearing in the film. Phillips stated: “I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of [WB president] Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew." Liam Neeson stepped in to replace Mel Gibson after he was invited to take the cameo role via hisA-Teamco-star Bradley Cooper. Neeson, a fan of the first film stated, "I just got a call to do a one day shoot on 'Hangover 2' as a tattooist in Thailand, and that's all I know about it".Gibson was reportedly furious over the decision. A source close to Gibson stated, "He doesn't understand why Mike Tyson , a drug user who turned his life around, was given a chance while Mel was kicked to the curb. Everybody deserves a second chance".

In November 2010, it was reported that Jamie Chung had been cast in the film as Stu's fiancée as well as it being renamed,The Hangover: Part II.In an interview director Todd Phillips revealed that Mike Tyson would be back in the sequel.Also in November it was reported that Paul Giamatti had joined the cast.The next day it was reported that former U.S. President Bill Clinton filmed a cameo appearance for the film in Bangkok while he was in the city to deliver a speech on clean energy.However Ed Helms clarified that Clinton merely visited the set and would be surprised if he appeared in the film.

In December 2010, it was reported that Bryan Callen , who played the owner of the wedding chapel inThe Hangover, is working again inThe Hangover: Part II, as “a smarmy strip club owner in Bangkok”.Also in December, Australian stuntman Scott McLean was seriously injured in a traffic accident while filming a stunt sequence near Bangkok. Warner Bros. issued a statement stating McLean was put into a medically induced coma but is expected to recover.

Bradley Cooper said that "logistically, to get from point A to point B [was] incredibly difficult and the bureaucracy and getting things done. There are always tons of people around the set and Todd loves a lean set and it was always the opposite, so watching a director deal with that – especially when it was Todd Phillips – was interesting." He then went on to say, in a later part of the interview, that "it was the hardest shoot that I had ever done, that Zach had ever done, that Ed had ever done and that Todd had ever done."


In February 2011, it was reported that Christophe Beck would be reteaming with director Todd Phillips to score the film. The project marks the fourth collaboration between Beck and Philips, who also worked together onSchool for Scoundrels,The HangoverandDue Date.

In April 2011,Varietyreported that Liam Neeson's cameo as a Bangkok tattoo artist had been cut and Nick Cassavetes has been re-cast in the role. While editing, Phillips cut the scene that immediately followed Neeson's cameo, meaning it no longer had the information necessary to logically get the main characters to the situation in the next scene. Three weeks later, Phillips decided to reshoot the scene, but with Neeson in London filmingWrath of the Titans, the actor was no longer available. Phillips explained, "We were in a complete time crunch so I called up Nick and asked if he would do the part. He came in and crushed it and that is the scene that you will ultimately see in the film. [I'm excited for everyone] to see the film. It turned out great".



The first teaser trailer was released online in February 2011.The first full trailer was released in April 2011.Later in the same month Warner Bros. pulled the trailer from theaters for violating an MPAA rule stating that films can only trailer before similarly rated movies. The trailer for the R-rated comedy was being promoted at screenings for the PG-13-rated,Source Codeagainst MPAA regulations. Warner Bros. released 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".

Tattoo lawsuit

In April 2011, tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. In the film, Stu wakes up with a copy of Mike Tyson's tattoo. Whitmill, who designed the tattoo for Tyson claims it as a copyrighted work and asked a judge to stop Warner Bros. Entertainment from using the tattoo in its posters or in the movie, which would amount to stopping the film from being released, as well as to demand monetary damages for what he calls "reckless copyright infringement" by the studio. Warner Bros. responded in a brief to Judge Catherine D. Perry, stating that any delay in releasing the film would have huge economic costs. It also argued that there was no legal precedent for Mr. Whitmill’s assertion of copyright, saying he had put forward a "radical claim that he is entitled, under the Copyright Act, to control the use of a tattoo that he created on the face of another human being".The Judge stated that Mr. Whitmill had a “strong likelihood of prevailing on the merits for copyright infringement” and that most of the arguments put forward by Warner Bros. were "just silly," but ruled that, on balance, it was "in the public interest" to let Warner Bros. release the film as planned.


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