Helms, a likeable actor, strains to pull off Stu’s radical mood changes as the character rides the improbable emotional rollercoaster the writers have built for him. Cooper’s Phil is a cipher who helps set the story in motion but doesn’t have much else to do. Galifianakis’ unbalanced man-child Alan provides the movie’s few unexpected laughs, as when he dubs himself a “stay at home son” or cites the Jonas Brothers’ touring schedule.

Given that Alan is the only character whose behavior and dialogue has moments that aren’t predictable, maybe Phillips’ planned third Hangover should focus on that character. Based on the overall merits of The Hangover Part II, let’s hope the series never makes it that far.

CAUTIONS:

  • Language/Profanity: Lord’s name taken in vain; many uses of the “f” word; “bull-hit”; reference to a lap dance; “whore”; “b-tches”; racial epithets; “penis”; crude discussion about orgasms; crude play on the word “Bangkok”; “boobies”; explicit reference to anal sex; reference to “happy endings.”
  • Alcohol/Smoking/Drugs: Phil wants a hit of nitrous oxide while in Stu’s dentist office; Phil tries to steal Stu’s prescription pad; Stu says he doesn’t want to be “Rufi-ed”; Alan immunizes himself through injections; beer drinking; empty bottles and dried cigarette butts shown the morning after a wild night; cocaine use; images of teens drinking, doing drugs; a monkey smokes.
  • Sex/Nudity: Kissing; strippers and pole dancers; frontal and rear nudity; a man learns he had sex with someone who isn’t who she appears to be.
  • Violence/Crime:A monk hits men with a large stick; Alan accidentally fires a weapon; high-speed car and motorcycle chase; a severed finger.
  • Religion/Morals: Alan mentions that Stu’s upcoming marriage won’t be his first; Alan crosses himself; Stu says, “I have a demon in me.”


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