Men in Black II (DVD, 2009, 2-Disc Set, Canadian Special Edition Widescreen DVD Keepcase French)

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Men In Black II - Right Up There With Grease 2

Jul 3, 2002 (Updated Jul 3, 2002)
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Pros:Frank the Dog. You'll understand once you see it.

Cons:Lara Flynn Anorexic Boyle. Way too much of her.

The Bottom Line: An example of doing a film just for the money. What a waste.


The Story
The Men in Black are back – minus agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) who retired five years ago after giving many years of service to the agency. Agent J (Will Smith) has moved up the ranks and is well on his way to becoming as legendary in the agency as agent K was.

Agent J, following up on a routine case, stumbles upon a diabolical plot by alien Serleena (Lara Flynn Boyle). Unfortunately, the only person who can unravel the 25-year-old mystery is former agent K who has resumed a civilian life as a postal worker. Agent J goes and fetches him in order to restore his memory and solve the agencies most mind-blowing crime against earth.

Will Agent K remember?

Will Serleena stop Agent J and K before they can save the world?

All this and more can be found out, should you choose to see the movie.

What Went Wrong
Well first, I probably went in with too many expectations. But beyond that.....

First, I want to gripe about the script. Why oh why do writers have to ruin a good concept by throwing in things like "romance" and "babies"? (Note: There are no babies in this sequel...but you mark my words about MIB III). They do this on television and they do this in movies. It's like a desperate attempt to hold on to an audience because you don't think that your original premise is strong enough. Note to Robert Gordon VII and Barry Fanaro - you guys are wusses! But I should have figured that the man responsible for the script for Addicted To Love would resort to a bunch of tired clichés. Shame on Columbia Pictures for not getting the writer (Ed Solomon) from the original MIB back for the sequel. Shame shame shame.

My second finger of blame goes to Mr. Director (Barry Sonnenfeld). Sure, he kept the pace going at a brisk rate but I felt rushed like I couldn't enjoy some of the moments. Was he trying to get through the scenes because he thought they were horrible? Perhaps. In the first MIB, I really loved the relationship between Agent J and K. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith whenever they were together, just bickered all of the time like an old married couple. Bonding moments were rare and slipped by you before you figured out what they were. Shame on you Mr. Sonnenfeld.

I'd like to smack around the person that thought it was a good idea to cast Lara Flynn Boyle. She's always a one dimensional (pun intended) actress and her prosthetic boobs were just embarrassing. She had 30 seconds of chemistry with one actor - none with anyone else. And to make matters worse, I felt like a huge chunk of the film focused on her and her bad looking boobs. Bleh! (Side note: The wonderful Famke Janssen actually started filming this part but had to drop out due to a death in her family. Jesus people! You should have just delayed shooting the rest of the film!)

Oh yes, and I'd like to beat around the goons who thought that cameos by Martha Stewart and Michael Freak Accident Jackson were a good idea.

What Was Good
The best jokes in the film were executed by Frank the Dog (voice by Tim Blaney). He had more chemistry with Will Smith than any other alien or actor.

A close second in the humor was a set of worms. They were hilarious and I would have loved to have seen more of them and Frank with Agent J and K.

Rip Torn revisited his role as Zed, head of MIB headquarters. He wasn't in very many scenes but in the ones he was in, he was a shining star. And by the way, he was the only one that had chemistry with Lara (for all of 30 seconds).

The special effects were excellent, as I expected however, they felt wasted on a very lame story line.

For Parents
The film is rated PG-13 for science-fiction violence and provocative humor. Personally, I think a child under the age of 13 would be bored by the movie. But that's just me :).

The End
Alright, I know I just bashed the heck out of this movie. Believe me, you could subject yourself to much worse. If you REALLY want to see this, wait for it to hit video. If you must see it in the theater, do that bargain matinee. If you spend full price, I'll have to smack you!


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