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Men in Black II (2002)

 -  Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  3 July 2002 (USA)
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Agent J needs help so he is sent to find Agent K and restore his memory.

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Kay and Jay reunite to provide our best, last and only line of defense against a sinister seductress who levels the toughest challenge yet to the MIBs untarnished mission statement: protecting the earth from the scum of the universe. It's been four years since the alien-seeking agents averted an intergalactic disaster of epic proportions. And now it's a race against the clock as Jay must convince Kay-who not only has absolutely no memory of his time spent with the Men In Black, but is also the only living person left with the expertise to save the galaxy-to reunite with the MIB before the earth submits to ultimate destruction. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Back In Black. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and some provocative humor | See all certifications »

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3 July 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

MIB 2  »

Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,254,566 (Italy) (13 September 2002)

Gross:

£22,018,371 (UK) (27 September 2002)
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Trivia

Barry Sonnenfeld took issue with the producers wanting to focus on the love story between Agent J and Laura: "I learned on Wild Wild West (1999) that audiences didn't want to see Will Smith as the straight man. And until Tommy Lee Jones comes back into the movie, by definition Will's the straight man." See more »

Goofs

Newton (David Cross) appears in both films. In Men in Black, he was last seen stuck to the ceiling in the morgue, courtesy of the bug, but still alive. It can be presumed that he was later cut down by a clean-up crew and neuralised. This could possibly explain his "paranoid delusions" about aliens and the Men in Black, having some residual feeling of a memory of the events. See more »

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Mysteries in History Narrator: Mysteries in History with your host, Peter Graves!
Peter Graves: Although no one has ever been able to prove their existence, a quasi-government agency known as the Men in Black supposedly carries out secret operations here on Earth in order to keep us safe from aliens throughout the galaxies. Here is one of their stories that never happened, from one of their files that doesn't exist...
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Title designer Pablo Ferro used the spindly lettering style of the film's opening sequence from Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), which was Ferro's first film. See more »

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Referenced in Two Pieces (2013) See more »

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Who Let The Dogs Out
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More of the same, but just as fun.
26 May 2008 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

My Take: Not as wildly enjoyable as the first, but makes a terrific sequel.

Summer movie sequels are usually the victims of the "sequelness". Most sequels to big blockbuster hits tend to simply repeat the success of the first film, and simply recycle the formula of its predecessor. MEN IN BLACK II (or simply MIIB) is no exception. It practically repeats the formula of the first film: Aliens are out again, J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back as partners to fight against it and the whole lot. The formula is copied, but the same cannot be said about the rest of the film. There are new rabbits in this same bag of tricks. Although most innovations are of special effects, MIIB provides some new fun moments in a somewhat formula approach.

Like said, MIIB returns Smith and Jones as the dynamic duo out to stop an alien, a creature called the Kylothian, who takes the form of a lingerie model (Lara Flynn Boyle), who, guess what? Trying to take over the world. of course. This is nothing new in comparison. It's mostly just a retread of the previous film. But few of these "been there, done that" sequels are fun in a different way. This one is, and it's actually surprisingly entertaining. The new script by Robert Gordon and Barry Fanaro contains a number of effective puns which elevates the humor from other formula sequels.

Of course, there are new and colorful special effects from mostly the same crew of the original film. The effects by effects house Industrial Light & Magic and make-up artist Rick Baker are still outlandish and imaginative. They still give us a host of aliens and creatures that we can feast our eyes upon. Not much imagination went to the storyline and characters, but a lot was certainly invested upon the effects and visuals. Kudos for director Barry Sonnenfeld, production designer Bo Welch and much of the special effects crew for providing a colorful atmosphere that bursts with liveliness in an otherwise formulaic episode of summer sequel season. It's the same old thing, but with new fun.

Rating: ***1/2 out of 5.


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