• Vacation Friends 2 is a highly anticipated sequel to the hit 2021 comedy and promises even more hilarious moments and outrageous hijinks.
  • The sequel takes a genre switch-up, combining the buddy comedy with action, featuring car chases, shoot-outs, and high-stakes situations.
  • The original cast, including John Cena and Lil Rel Howery, returns for Vacation Friends 2, and they are joined by new additions such as Steve Buscemi. The story follows the characters as they embark on a wild vacation that involves dangerous drinking games and a mob-related plotline.

The John Cena movie Vacation Friends was released in August 2021, and almost exactly two years later, a sequel is being released, with the Vacation Friends 2 news so far showing a sequel that’s shaping up to be just as hilarious. The 2021 comedy follows uptight couple Marcus (Lil Rel Howery) and Emily (Yvonne Orji) who become friends with their polar opposites, Ron (John Cena) and Kyla (Meredith Hegner), when on vacation in Mexico. While Marcus and Emily had a surprisingly fun time with their vacation friends, Ron and Kyla show up uninvited to their wedding, which leads to Marcus gambling away wedding rings and all sorts of other Hangover-esque hijinks.

Vacation Friends was a huge hit in 2021, and it had a positive enough reception from audiences that a sequel has been greenlit. Director Clay Tarver returned to direct the sequel, and it looks a lot more in line with other direct-to-streaming comedy movies. Vacation Friends 2 takes the franchise to the next level, as there’s been a major genre switch-up. While the sequel is still a buddy comedy, it’s an action movie too, and with all the car chases and shoot-outs, the stakes in Vacation Friends 2 are way higher. Between the cast, trailer, and story, here is all the Vacation Friends 2 news.

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Vacation Friends 2 Most Recent News

John Cena, Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji, and Meredith Hagner walk through the resort in Vacation Friends

The most recent Vacation Friends 2 news is the movie’s trailer release, which came shortly prior to the August 2023 release date. The Vacation Friends 2 trailer sees the original four cast members up to their old games, only this time Ron and Kyla are invited on vacation by Marcus and Emily. Ron and Kyla are told to be on their best behavior given that it’s essentially Marcus’s business trip. However, the couple lives up to their reputation by partying hard and even getting Marcus’ bosses involved in some dangerous drinking games. Based on the trailer, the sequel is taking The Hangover Part II approach by using the same successful formula of the first movie but taking it to a whole other level.

Vacation Friends 2 Release Date

The friends party on the beach at night in Vacation Friends
John Cena, Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji, and Meredith Hagner in Vacation Friends

The Vacation Friends 2 release date is August 25 and will be available to watch on Hulu. The movie follows its predecessor by almost two years. Despite the first movie only being a month old, Vacation Friends 2 was quickly greenlit in September 2021 (via Deadline). However, the sequel’s original title was Honeymoon Friends, hinting at a different story where Ron and Kyla accompany Marcus and Emily on their honeymoon after their wedding in the first movie.

Vacation Friends 2 Cast

John Cena, Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji, and Meredith Hagner take a selfie on the beach in Vacation Friends

The original Vacation Friends cast is reprising their roles in Vacation Friends 2. John Cena (Fast X, The Suicide Squad) plays Ron, Meredith Hagner (Joy Ride, Search Party) plays Kyla, Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Free Guy) plays Marcus, and Yvonne Orji (The Blackening) plays Emily. The most notable actor joining the Vacation Friends 2 cast is Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs, Con Air, The Big Lebowski), who plays Reese, an ex-con newly released from San Quentin prison. The Vacation Friends 2 cast is rounded out with Ronny Chieng (Joy Ride, M3GAN), Julee Cera (The Mighty Ducks: Game Changer), and Jamie Hector (We Own This City).

Vacation Friends 2 Story

The friends grin on the resort in Vacation Friends

The Vacation Friends 2 story takes place just a few months after the first movie, only now Ron and Kyla are married too and have a baby, who’s along for the ride. Marcus invites them to join an all-expenses paid trip to a Caribbean resort, but it’s also a business trip, as Marcus is trying to land a huge construction deal. However, Ron and Kyla not only party with Marcus’s future business partners, but Kyla invites her father Reese, who has just been released from prison and already has the mob after him. That might have something to do with the huge brick of cocaine Reese reveals in the trailer.

Vacation Friends 2 Trailer

John Cena on the Beach Holding a Surfboard in Vacation Friends 2

The Vacation Friends 2 trailer shows just how over the top the upcoming Hulu movie is, especially compared to the relatively tame original movie. Classic Vacation Friends humor is still present, such as Kyla and Ron losing their baby and then celebrating when it crawls for the first time, but the trailer for Vacation Friends 2 showcases some of the sequel’s explosive action scenes too. The Vacation Friends 2 trailer introduces Reese, who shows up at the family resort with a giant bag of cocaine. What follows are car chases, boat chases, and even plane chases, showing how Vacation Friends 2 has turned the buddy comedy into a high-octane action comedy.

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