Men in Black II

Men in Black II

More remake than sequel, Men in Black II safely repeats everything that made Men in Black the blockbuster hit of 1997. That's fine if you loved the original's fresh humor, weird aliens, and loopy ingenuity, but as sequels go, it's pure déjà vu. Makeup wizard Rick Baker is the only MIB alumnus who's trying anything new, while director Barry Sonnenfeld and costars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones (as alien-fighting agents Jay and Kay, respectively) are on autopilot with an uninspired screenplay. The quest of a multitentacled alien--on Earth in the form of Lara Flynn Boyle--for the light of Zartha requires Jay to deneuralize Kay, whose restored memory contains the key to saving the planet. The tissue-thin premise allows all varieties of special effects--mostly familiar, with some oddly hilarious new stuff tossed in for good measure. Certainly enjoyable as a popcorn distraction, but the MIB magic has worn a bit thin. --Jeff Shannon

Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Production: Columbia Pictures
  4 wins & 15 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.1
Metacritic:
49
Rotten Tomatoes:
39%
PG-13
Year:
2002
88
$190,400,000
Website
5,381 Views

Serleena:
[holding Ben Zarthan disguised as a pizzeria owner hostage] Two slices of pepperoni, and any information you might have about the light of Zartha.

Ben:
Please, Whoever You Are Don't Hurt Me;

Serleena:
WHERE'S the light, Ben?

Ben:
I don't know what you're talking about. Please let me down, ma'am!

[A noise goes off in the kitchen. Serleena uses her head to direct Scrad and Charlie towards it.]

Serleena:
There. Noise. Kitchen!

Scrad:
Oh!

[walks into the kitchen]

Serleena:
You idiots see anything?

Scrad:
Wind blew the door open.

[Charlie comes out of his backpack]

Charlie:
Nothin' out of the ordinary!

Serleena:
[To Ben] For 25 years, I've been traveling the universe, looking for it. But it never left Earth, did it Ben? You kept it here!

Ben:
What are you talking about?

Serleena:
I'm running out of time! Where's the light of Zartha?

Ben:
I swear, I don't know what you're–

Serleena:
Listen Zarthan, you know where the light is, and I will find it. Once we have the light, Zartha will be ours.

Ben:
[alien voice] You're too late. Tomorrow at midnight, the light will leave the third planet and be back home. Sorry you made the trip for nothing.

[Serleena growls, her finger becomes one of her tentacles, whips Ben with it, his insides vaporize, and only his skin falls to the floor. Scrad and Charlie look down at it.]

Charlie:
Got nothing out of him! Now we don't know if it's here or not!

Serleena:
He said "third planet." It's here, you idiot.

Scrad:
[whispering] 3rd Rock From The Sun.

Charlie:
I never got that until now!

Serleena:
It's on Earth, and I know who's gonna tell me where it is.


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