There was plenty to love in the raucous trailer for the anticipated comedy sequel “The Hangover Part II.” But, apparently, the sight of a monkey in a simulated sex act was too much. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trailer for the film starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha has been yanked from theaters after it emerged that it had not been appropriately evaluated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
“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,” Warner Bros. said in a statement. The MPAA is in charge of making sure movie ads do not run afoul of the movie rating system.
While Warner Bros. would not reveal what was being tweaked in the R-rated film’s trailer — which was being shown in front of the PG-13 movie “Source Code” — an unnamed insider said the scene in which a monkey sucks on a water bottle hidden under an old man’s sarong was probably the issue.
The scene was the big finish in the two-minute-and-20-second trailer, in which Helms, Galifianakis and Cooper are seen hanging with a monkey that they’ve managed to pick up after a wild night in Bangkok, Thailand. The segment shows Galifianakis joking around on a bus by sticking the bottle under the pants of an old man sitting next to him.
“When a monkey nibbles on the wenis, it’s funny in any language,” Galifianakis’ character declares.
A revised version of the promo will roll out on April 15 and will be screened before “Scream 4,” which also is R-rated. “The Hangover Part II” opens on May 26.
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