A series of strange robberies brings Axel Foley back to Beverly Hills to help his two fellow cops solve the case. All the familiar faces of the first film are back... Written by
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At 1 hour 42 minutes, the shortest running-time of all the Beverly Hills Cop movies made so far. See more »
In the opening sequence, the limo in which Karla and the robbers arrive in is seen having two different license plates. In the first shot, the front plate reads 'DENT', but as the scene progresses, the plate simply says '77'. See more »
Tony Scott's (RIP) sequel to Martin Brest's 1984 classic doesn't try to add anything new , but sticks to the formula that worked so well the first time. In many ways this movie feels like a carbon copy of the original. Watch those two movies one by one and you will see the similarities ( for example - Axel's arrival to Beverly Hills). Even some jokes are copies from the first movie ("This isn't my locker - This isn't my office").
Unfortunately the movie lacks the freshness of the original. There are some moments when the heroes are having more fun than I. The movie really thinks it's more cool than it really is. The writers of this movie are different than the people who wrote the original. They are obviously trying to imitate the style of the original. Unfortunately many of the jokes come as forced.
Thankfully , this movie has some good elements in it. Otherwise it would be just as bad as the third. The movie looks good - it's Tony Scott movie after all. Eddie Murphy is quite possibly even better here than in 1984. He's got so much energy in him. One of the best surprises of this film is the character growth of Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold). He provides most of the laughs. In the first one he was a shy cop.Here he acts like a guy who has seen too many Sylvester Stallone movies. He lives in a "stress free" apartment , has a lot of big guns and Stallone is his idol (There are movie posters to "Rambo 2" and "Cobra" in his house). In the final of the movie Rosewood even dresses as Cobretti. It's a great inside joke considering that Stallone was original star for the "Beverly Hills cop".
There are so many great cameos - Gilbert Gottfried,Chris Rock , Hugh Heffner and many sexy Playboy Playmates. Brigitte Nielsen gives here best role here as the sidekick of the main villain.She's a bad actress , but she's OK here.Jurgen Prochnow and Dean Stockwell are also OK as the villains. John Aston is back as Taggert and gives a fine performance.
The soundtrack is weaker than in the first movie. Still there are some great songs here : Bob Seger - "Shakedown" (nominated for Oscar) , James Ingram - "Better way" and The Pointer Sisters - "Be there".
"Beverly Hills cop 2" is a fun popcorn action flick. You could certainly do worse than this one. Anyone who enjoyed the first one will probably enjoy this one too. There are some good jokes here too (" Are you driving with your eyes open ? Or you like using THE FORCE ? "). I give it 6/10.
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