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Men In Black II /

Rated: PG-13

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

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld 

Produced by: Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald 

Written by: Barry Fanaro, Robert Gordon 

Distributor: Columbia Tristar


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     Let me get one thing straight--this was not a bad movie. Critics think it's a bad movie, but it really isn't. This movie should not be gauged by it's theatrical worthiness, but by it's entertainment value. I had a good time watching Men In Black II, and that's what it's all about. They intended for this movie to create a good time for it's audience, not leave film scholars blown away.


     This was one incidence where Will Smith couldn't have been better! I think that the fact that he was a much more powerful tool in the plot than Tommy Lee Jones, unlike in the first movie, gave him a sense of independence. This helped him excel, performance-wise, in his role He was right on here; darn good.


     There are several cons to Men In Black II, though. Director Barry Sonnenfeld often overdoes many things. There is a very emotional scene at the end, where everyone is sad, and all of a sudden, a giant worm picks Will Smith up and won't let go! I know that it's now a tradition for him to be swooped up into the air by the grasp of giant aliens, set by the first M.I.B., but this was just outrageous. It was a horrible way to end.


     Men In Black II is about aliens (what else) coming down to earth trying to find a molecular light, that is in the possession of the owner of a pizza shop, who is also an alien. But the only one who had previously worked with this forceful light was Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones); and if you saw the first "Men in Black", you know that his memory was erased at the end of the movie. How are they going to get his memory back? What else but use a reverse "denurolizer," a device not used to erase a persons memory, but get it back! This movie is full of adventure, and much like the first, but with more of an emotional twist.


     In conclusion, Men In Black II is great summer fun, but not a theatrical masterpiece; and it serves it purpose well. I enjoyed it, but I cant give it above a two and a half simply because it doesn't deserve a higher rating. I will recommend it, but not strongly. Go see it in theatres, it will be more fun than seeing it on video; this one just needs to be experienced on the big screen, with the state-of-the-art sound and luxury seating. There is no other way to see it at it's best. And, oh yeah, you'll love the dog, Frank!


-Danny, Bucket Reviews


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