Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, James Brown
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Rating: R (Restricted)
Runtime: 148 minutes
It's hard to ignore the sad and conspicuous absence of the late John Belushi, but this long-delayed sequel to 1980's The Blues Brothers still has Dan Aykroyd--as Chicago bad boy and blues rocker Elwood Blues--to keep the music alive. Once again, Elwood's trying to reunite the original Blues Brothers Band, and this time he's got a strip-joint bartender (John Goodman) and a 10-year-old orphan named Buster (J. Evan Bonifant) joining him at center stage. Believing that Elwood has kidnapped the kid, the cops are hot on his trail as the reunited band hits the road for the Battle of the Bands in Louisiana and the All-Star Blues Jam that ends the movie in a rockin' blaze of glory. It's a shameless clone of the first film, and nobody--especially not Aykroyd or director John Landis--seems to care that the story's not nearly as fun as the music that's used to stretch it out. Of course there's a seemingly endless parade of stunts, including a nonstop pileup of police cars that's hilariously absurd, but what really matters here--indeed, the movie's only saving grace--is the great lineup of legendary blues musicians. Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Junior Wells, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Jonny Lang, Eddie Floyd, and Blues Traveler are among the many special guests assembled for the film, and their stellar presence makes you wonder if the revived Blues Brothers shouldn't remain an obscure opening act. --Jeff Shannon
Help you two?
Do you have any white bread ma'am?
I'll have some toasted white bread please.
You want butter or jam on that, honey?
No ma'am, dry.
Do you have any fried chicken ma'am?
Best damned chicken in the state.
Bring me four fried chickens and a Coke.
You want chicken wings or chicken legs?
Four fried chickens and a Coke.
And some dry white toast please.
Ya'all want anything to drink with that?
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You don't like it?
No I don't like it...
Of course it's got a lot of pickup...
It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas. What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?
Fix the cigarette lighter.
Well, the Sister was right. You boys could use a little churching up. Slide on down to the Triple Rock, and catch Rev. Cleophus. You boys listen to what he's got to say.
Curtis, I don't want to listen to no jive-ass preacher talking to me about Heaven and Hell.
Jake, you get wise. You get to church.
You were outside, I was inside. You were supposed to keep in touch with the band. I kept asking you if we were gonna play again.
What was I gonna do? Take away your only hope? Take away the very thing that kept you going in there? I took the liberty of bullshitting you.
You lied to me.
Wasn't lies, it was just... bullshit.
But babes, this is Jake and Elwood. The Blues Brothers.
The Blues Brothers? Shiiit. They still owe you money, fool. You're livin' with me now. You ain't goin' back out on the road and playin' them old two-bit sleazy dives, and y'ain't gonna go slidin' around witcho ol' white hoodlum friends.
Ma'am, would it make you feel any better if we told you that what we're asking Matthew to do is a holy thing?
We're on a mission from God.
Don't you blaspheme in here. Don't you blaspheme in here. This is my man, this is my restaurant, and you two are gonna turn around and walk right out of here - without your dry white toast, without your four fried chickens, and withOUT Matt 'Guitar' Murphy.
My name is Jacob Stein. I'm from the American Federation of Music. I've been sent to see if you gentlemen are carrying your permits.
Your union cards. May I see your cards please?
Well, suppose we ain't got no union cards and go in there and start playin' anyway? Whatcha gonna do about that? You gonna stop us, Stein? Ha. You're gonna look pretty funny tryin' to eat corn on the cob with no f***in' teeth.
We got two honkies out there, dressed like Hasidic diamond merchants.
They look like they're from the CIA, or somethin'.
What they want to eat?
The tall one wants white toast, dry, with nothin' on it.
And the short one wants four whole fried chickens, and a Coke.
And Jake. Shit, the Blues Brothers.
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