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House Party 2 -- When Kid's college money is stolen by a crooked music promoter, Play's solution is to stage the 'mutha' of all pajama parties. Starring Kid 'n Play and Martin Lawrence.
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Writers (WGA):
Reginald Hudlin (characters)
Rusty Cundieff (story)
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23 October 1991 (USA) See more »
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When Kid's college money is stolen by a crooked music promoter, Play's solution is to stage the 'mutha' of all pajama parties. Starring Kid 'n Play and Martin Lawrence. | Add synopsis »
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Christopher Reid ... Kid
Christopher Martin ... Play

Martin Lawrence ... Bilal
Bowlegged Lou ... Pee-Wee

Paul Anthony ... Stab
B-Fine ... Zilla

Tisha Campbell-Martin ... Sidney (as Tisha Campbell)
Kamron ... Jamal

Iman ... Sheila Landreaux

Queen Latifah ... Zora

Georg Stanford Brown ... Professor Sinclair

Helen Martin ... Mrs. Deevers

William Schallert ... Dean Kramer

Tony Burton ... Mr. Lee
Louie Louie ... Rick

Christopher Judge ... Miles (as D. Christopher Judge)
George Anthony Bell ... Reverend Simms
Gene 'Groove' Allen ... Groove (as Eugene Allen)

Daryl Mitchell ... Chill (as Daryl M. Mitchell)
Randy Harris ... Roughouse
Angela Nicholson ... Salena

Christopher Michael ... Cop #1
Barry Diamond ... Cop #2
Chance Langton ... Professor Vonault

Alice Carter ... Patty

Anjul Nigam ... Singh

George Fisher ... Janitor
Hazel Todd Lane ... Buppie
William S. Murray ... Yuppie
Amber McIntyre ... Cutie
D.J. Wiz ... Hoodly Brother #1 (as Mark 'Wiz' Eastmond)
Guy Margo ... Hoodly Brother #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Whoopi Goldberg ... The Professor (uncredited)

Leslie Segar ... Dancer (uncredited)

Ralph E. Tresvant ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
George Jackson 
Doug McHenry 
Writing credits
Reginald Hudlin (characters)

Rusty Cundieff (story)

Rusty Cundieff (screenplay) and
Daryl G. Nickens (screenplay)

Produced by
Suzanne Broderick .... co-producer
Pat Golden .... associate producer
Janet Grillo .... executive producer
George Jackson .... producer
Doug McHenry .... producer
Original Music by
Vassal Benford (original score composer)
Cinematography by
Francis Kenny 
Film Editing by
Joel Goodman 
Production Design by
Michelle Minch 
Art Direction by
Karen Steward 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter 
Makeup Department
Laini Thompson .... makeup department head
Production Management
Joe Fineman .... post-production executive
Gregory Goodman .... production manager
Ric Keeley .... post-production supervisor
Cindy Lovelady .... executive in charge of production (as Cindy Hornickel)
Deborah Moore .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald Sparks .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Dana Ostrow .... assistant property master
Lars Petersen .... construction coordinator
R. Vincent Smith .... assistant property master
Steven C. Voll .... general foreman
Curt B. Walheim .... art swing gang
Brook Yeaton .... property master
Sound Department
Karen Baker Landers .... first assistant sound editor (as Karen M. Baker)
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... adr editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor
Mark Fay .... cableman
Tommy Goodwin .... adr mixer
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Tom Hartig .... boom operator
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
Dave McMoyler .... supervising sound editor
Steve Nelson .... sound mixer
John Rice .... assistant sound editor
Frank Smathers .... sound editor
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Elizabeth Bishop .... stunts
George Fisher .... stunts
Amanda LeFlore .... stunts
Julius LeFlore .... stunt coordinator (as Julius Le Flore)
Bob Minor .... stunts
Rita Minor .... stunts
Van Roody .... stunts
Josephe Tureaud .... stunts (as Jory Tureaud)
Bob Yerkes .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Simon Jayes .... crane operator: Technocrane
Kassa .... still photographer
Michael E. Little .... extra camera operator
Gary Molyneux .... rigging grip
Michael Shanman .... lighting console operator
Darrell B. Sheldon .... rigging key grip
Kassa Zakadi .... production still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bess Stansell .... set costumer (1991) (as Bess Stansell Townsend)
Editorial Department
Thalia Harithas .... post-production assistant
Brian Janko .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Bill Abbott .... music editor
Bob Bowman .... assistant music editor
Jay B. Richardson .... music editor
Louil Silas Jr. .... executive music supervisor
Other crew
Selby Barrett .... production assistant
Brandon Bates .... assistant to producers
Michèle Boissière Armstrong .... assistant to producers (as Michèle R. Boissière)
Mattie Caruthers .... script supervisor
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Michelle Colbert .... assistant production coordinator
Darcel Crayton .... stand-in (as Darcell Clayton)
Jane Goldsmith .... script supervisor
Lonzo Jones .... production assistant
Guy Margo .... stand-in
Steven Melching .... production assistant
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Robin Harris .... in memory of (as Robin 'Pop' Harris)

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Rated R for language and sensuality
USA:94 min
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Bilal:Yo Play, Kid, come up here.
[Jamal buts in requesting the Mic]
Bilal:No no, I didn't call Jamal.
Jamal:Bilal, give Me the Mic.
Bilal:No way, Man!
Bilal:Dude, give me the Mic.
Play:C'mon, Bilal, think about it, he likes Big Booty, he likes Dice, and he also likes Bean pies.
Bilal:[Letting him have the mic] Yeah, he probably got a big dick too, a Big tremendous white Dick!
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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Pajama Jams pay for College?, 21 January 2006
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

To begin, House Party 2 is no House Party. In fact, those that would like to compare the two are completely off their hypothetical film "rocker". These are two completely separate films. Do you know why? What originally began as a film about some soulful and youthful teens trying to get to the ultimate dance party has now transformed into this cliché morality tale that demonstrates the power of friendship and the strength of humility. WHAT! Is that why I wanted to watch this film? I apologize, but one of the few reasons that I liked House Party was because they followed the K.I.S.S. method (for those unfamiliar it is the Keep It Simple Stupid method) of film-making. In the original, becoming a lyricist, a ladies man, and having the best party in town was the root of the film. While there was a romantic side to the story, it fell second nature to the growing hip-hop scene. It was a dance film first, developed character story second. Honestly, that is what I enjoyed about the film. While I didn't think House Party was the greatest release of the century, it did have this genuine feel about it. In fact, after watching this poorly crafted sequel, I have a bit more respect for the original. Where was the dancing? Where was the creativity? Where was the same Kid & Play that I remembered from the first House Party? They were nowhere to be found in this trashy sequel.

Robin Harris. We all remember him as "Pop" from the original film, but what we do not realize about this humorous comedian is that he subsequently changed the image of the House Party series. In the original, he was this father trying to steer his son into a path of academia instead of rap and parties, in the sequel, he plays a spirit who annoyingly hounds Kid throughout the film with flashbacks from the original. Due to his death, he brings nothing new to the table, yet this entire sequel seems to be focused around those few short words that he used in the first film. I don't mean to be rude, but I never felt that the father was such a big element in the original. I thought that Kid trying to challenge authority to attempt to find himself was the underlying meaning of the original, while in this one it is Kid repressing his true self in hopes to make his dead father happy. Where did the lightness of the original go? I watched House Party 2 thinking that there is a limit that the writers could go without making Kid seem totally whipped by his father's words, but we never hit that limit. Where, anywhere in this film, was Kid trying to find his rap roots? I needed to see a young man still interested in becoming the lyricist that he once desired to be? Why did he have to grow up so fast? In fact, the rap side-story to this film seems to be the negative element. We have gone from loving the genre to completely disrespecting it in one film. Ah, the power of the sequel.

Martin Lawrence was again completely annoying to the point in which I completely tuned him out whenever he spoke. He brought nothing to the story and nothing to the main characters. Lawrence was nothing more than a familiar face for the audience to relate to. In fact, it is that dedication to familiar faces from the original that hurt this sequel. When the ultimate PAJAMA JAM finally does occur (one hour into this short film), we are hit with an barrage of repetitive scenes of aged rappers and comedians from the original who do nothing but repeat their lines, actions, and emotions from the first. While many may enjoy these familiar faces, I felt as if it were a cheap trick used to make me feel more comfortable about the film. If these minor characters had done more than just repeat their lines, than maybe I would have bought into the trick, but instead all I saw were cheap repetitive motions used by writers to fill time. I used the word "repetitive" several times in this paragraph because it demonstrated the annoying repetitive nature of this film and completed my point about using that element as a cheap trick. I hope it worked.

In most television series, especially the cheapened kind, we sometimes hear a laugh track or a sound machine used to create some "zany" or "wacky" sound that lightens the mood and creates the viable laugh point. In House Party 2, I do believe that the sound guy was extremely drunk or possibly working his first day in the booth. There were more sound effects in this film than in a Bobby McFerrin music video. Was this a child's movie or another urban comedy? Neither Kid nor Play could do anything in this film without a "zip zim" or a "whoosh" or a "ding dong" noise happening somewhere in the background. This was a fresh element to the sequel which direly needed to be taken away. There is a chase scene near the end of the film which felt like Pee-Wee Herman choreographed it with all the unsettling sounds that were happening. After the first twenty minutes of this, it because increasingly annoying to the point of insanity.

Overall, this sequel soils the original. The themes were sporadic (i.e. in one instance we are talking about the oppression of the African American, while in the other the directors seem to be building age-old stereotypes), the characters continued towards their bland downward spiral, those annoying, randomly placed racist police officers were back, and the dominating "father" element seemed too serious for the overall theme of this film. I hope this film wasn't an indication of the path of colleges in the future? House Party 3, don't fail me now!

Grade: ** out of *****

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