With numerous comic book adaptations and action-packed blockbusters slated to arrive this summer, it's easy to sometimes forget that The Hangover 2 is one of the more anticipated titles of the season. A sleeper hit back in 2009, the first Hangover pic grossed over $467 million worldwide in theaters - so it was inevitable that a followup would be made.
Six new character banners have been released for The Hangover 2, which will feature many a familiar face from the original film. Franchise newcomers like Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch) and director Nick Cassavettes will play small supporting roles in The Wolfpack's latest bit of inebriated mayhem.
The full-length Hangover 2 trailer - which has since been pulled from theaters - essentially confirmed what everyone already suspected: that the sequel finds Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis), and Stu (Ed Helms) up to their usual drunken escapades, albeit this time in Bangkok. Ken Jeong is also reprising his role as Mr. Chow from the first Hangover, and looks to be more involved in the trio's wild antics this second time around.
Also joining the boys on the new binge of bad behavior is a monkey that inexplicably shows up in their apartment the day after another night of heavy (drunken) partying. He (or she) was apparently dubbed worthy of getting his/her own character poster along with everyone else, as it were. That just how it goes, I suppose...
Check out the Hangover 2 character banners (via Yahoo! Movies) in the gallery below:
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While I doubt that anyone was legitimately expecting the plot of Hangover 2 to stray far from that of its predecessor, the trailer arguably makes it look a bit too much like a carbon copy of the first Hangover - excluding the addition of the monkey, that is. That's not exactly important, however, since most moviegoers that actually head out to see this sequel will be going for the raunchy gags and envelope-pushing humor, and there's no doubt it'll deliver plenty of that.
The biggest concern is that director Tod Phillips will end up recycling too many of the jokes and characters from the first Hangover in the followup. Sequels often seem to get hung up on recapturing the charm and fun of their predecessor by literally (read: lazily) playing out the same exact joke in a slightly different context. Case in point: How many of you honestly found the rum jokes in the last two Pirates of the Caribbean movies as funny as those from the first film?
So long as The Hangover 2 is a bit more creative with its comedy, it should be able to avoid falling into a similar trap. We'll find out for certain soon enough.
The Hangover 2 hits the scene next month on May 26th.
Source: Yahoo! Movies