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MEN IN BLACK 2

Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Michael Jackson

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Written by: Barry Fanaro, Robert Gordon
Produced by: Walter F Parkes, Laurie MacDonald
Distributor: Columbia Tristar Gibson

US: 29/06/02 UK: 02/08/02

Five years after being de-neuralized, Mr K is working for the US Post Office. .Then an alien arrive on earth to kill us all - or something like that. Only Agent K knows the answer - so he has to be brought back into The Men In Black. Think about it - or else there would be no movie.

Daily Telegraph... LA Times... New York Post...
"Mr Smith and Mr Jones looking cool in Black"



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You know you're in trouble when the funniest thing in a movie is a talking dog. Sorry to report but that's the truth about Men In Black 2. I sat through this with a paying audience who could hardly raise a laugh throughout the whole joyless exercise. If you've seen the trailer then you've already seen the funniest bits.

Contrast this with the summer's other big comedy 'Goldmember'. Now that's genuinely funny with more gags than you could cram into five MIBs. And what the hell happened to the odd couple chemistry between Smith & Jones. MIB sparks are sure MIA (Missing In Action). Mainly due to sourpuss Jones I might add.

I know it's boring to compare sequels with the original, but where that was fresh and funny, this is a strictly by the numbers money exercise. Will Smith is a real pro and trys his socks off to inject his trademark high energy performance. Tommy Lee Jones seems to have other things on his mind, like his next project maybe. Apparently he refused to make MIB 2 if the producers also reinstated Linda Fiorentino. So instead we have the dubious charms of Lara Flynn Boyle as the fem slash alien interest.

If you must see this, then make sure you go Black first, then drop in on Austin baby, that way you won't be quite so disappointed.

It would have been impossible to recapture the fresh surprise of the 1997 original, so the cast and crew go for the laughs instead. And the result, while not particularly brilliant, is absolutely hilarious.

Alien-control agent Jay (Smith) has been going about his job for the past five years, struggling to find a new partner while Kay (Jones) enjoys the oblivion of life as a postmaster in rural Cape Cod. Then one of Kay's old cases comes back with a vengeance as the evil Serleena (Boyle) returns to earth in search of a mysterious light that has the power to destroy the universe. Jay must restore Kay's memory and find the light before midnight.

Everything about this film feels effortless, from the simplistic storyline to the easy energy of the performances. Smith and Jones work so well together that they never seem to be working at all, with each facial tic getting us giggling before the more obvious gag kicks in. And this is one of the most consistently hilarious films in years, with more laugh-out-loud jokes than you can count (Jackson's cameo is fantastic) and only a few missteps (too much of the talking pug Frank, who does have his moments).

The cast is a bit uneven: Boyle is terrific as the slinky-scary villain, Dawson adds a nice rom-com twist, Torn is underused as the MiB boss, Shalhoub is lost in the mayhem, and Knoxville is disposable as Serleena's moronic two-headed sidekick. But once we realise we're not going to get anything original, we can just sit back and laugh. A lot.

1/5
You know you're in trouble when the funniest thing in a movie is a talking dog. Sorry to report but that's the truth about Men In Black 2. I sat through this with a paying audience who could hardly raise a laugh throughout the whole joyless exercise. If you've seen the trailer then you've already seen the funniest bits.

Contrast this with the summer's other big comedy 'Goldmember'. Now that's genuinely funny with more gags than you could cram into five MIBs. And what the hell happened to the odd couple chemistry between Smith & Jones. MIB sparks are sure MIA (Missing In Action). Mainly due to sourpuss Jones I might add.

I know it's boring to compare sequels with the original, but where that was fresh and funny, this is a strictly by the numbers money exercise. Will Smith is a real pro and trys his socks off to inject his trademark high energy performance. Tommy Lee Jones seems to have other things on his mind, like his next project maybe. Apparently he refused to make MIB 2 if the producers also reinstated Linda Fiorentino. So instead we have the dubious charms of Lara Flynn Boyle as the fem slash alien interest.

If you must see this, then make sure you go Black first, then drop in on Austin baby, that way you won't be quite so disappointed.

 


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