*Maybe preacher man Harold Camping will be proven correct about the world ending … only it’ll be this weekend when super raunchy “Hangover 2” opens and unabashedly shows full frontal male nudity … a lot!
“The amount of penises on screen is at a new level,” says one talent manager who attended the world premiere (in Hollywood) last Thursday told the Hollywood Reporter. “It’s pretty crazy.”
And what does it all mean?
“It’s a last-frontier thing,” says director-producer Ivan Reitman, who produced the classic boundary-pushing comedies “Animal House” and “Stripes,” and served as an executive producer on Phillips’ “Old School” and “Road Trip.” “There’s been a long tradition of naked and half naked women in films, so this is a way of upping the ante in terms of erotic explicitness.”
Lately a new crop of R-rated comedies is flooding theaters. From Reitman’s own hit sex comedy “No Strings Attached” in January to the Farrelly Bros.’ “Hall Pass” to the current hit “Bridesmaids” and the upcoming “Bad Teacher” and “Friends With Benefits,” studios are reacting to “The Hangover’s” $467 million in worldwide box office by allowing more outrageous language and behavior onscreen.
The raunch in “Hangover II” — Galifianakis mistakes the word “demon” for “semen,” cocaine is snorted and strippers perform lewd acts with ping pong balls — won’t shock viewers familiar with the genre. But the film’s male nudity rises to a new level for mainstream comedy. The MPAA has rated the film R for “pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images.” And that rating doesn’t do justice to a few of the situations the Hangover men find themselves in.
During one sequence, the guys venture into a strip bar where it’s revealed that Helms’ character, who is getting married, partied too hard with what appears to be a female dancer. In the dressing room, audiences soon catch glimpse after glimpse of what’s under the hood of that dancer, played by Yasmin Lee, whose previous film credits include “Big Ass She-Male Road Trip 13,” “Transsexual Cheerleaders” and “Bitch Got Balls.”
By the way, “The Hangover 2” is expected to take in upwards of $100 million this weekend in North America alone!
Read more of this article at THR.
Read EUR’s review of the film here.