Warner Bros. & MPAA Pull 'The Hangover 2' Trailer From Theaters?

The Hangover 2 first image - Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha

A full theatrical trailer for The Hangover: Part II debuted last week and premiered in theaters over the weekend, being shown primarily in front of Source Code. Now, however, it seems the only place you'll be able to watch that preview for the second round of drunken escapades with "The Wolfpack" is online.

Warner Bros. and the MPAA has issued a note out to theaters across the country, telling them to pull the Hangover 2 theatrical trailer - with the assurance that another preview for the film will be attached to Scream 4 next week.

/Film was sent a photocopy of the document that requested theaters remove and delete from their server all copies of the full trailer for the Hangover sequel. The site has already contacted Warner Bros. for clarification on the issue and received a straightforward "No Comment" reply in response.

The Hangover: Part II is easily one of the most anticipated movies of 2011, so it's not surprising that the studio heads plan to release a different theatrical trailer very soon - and in front of another franchise title as well. What is curious is that there's even an issue to begin with.

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As far as I can tell, the full trailer for the second Hangover pic didn't generate an immense amount of negative buzz, and it wasn't all that poorly received. While there were definitely complaints from many a moviegoer that it didn't look as fresh as the first Hangover, and appeared to essentially recycle the same plot, that wasn't exactly a shocking revelation now was it?

My immediate thought is that the content of the trailer got it in trouble: even though it was a green-band preview, there was a fair amount of lewd material in the Hangover 2 footage shown - including Alan's (Zach Galifianakis) gag with the water bottle, and Stu (Ed Helms) inadvertently splattering pig guts all over the street. But none of that was what you'd call "clandestine" - did the MPAA just have a change of heart?

The Hangover: Part II nonetheless remains slated for theatrical release next month on May 26th.

Source: Warner Bros. (via /Film)

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