5.2/10
5,439
13 user 11 critic

House Party 2 (1991)

Trailer
0:31 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (HD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
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.

Writers:

Reginald Hudlin (characters), Rusty Cundieff (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

House Party 3 (1994)
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Come to a new House Party, where Kid, after a lifetime 'playing the field', falls in love and is about to get married. 'Play' plans to throw the rockin'est bachelor party ever - until '... See full summary »

Director: Eric Meza
Stars: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, David Edwards
House Party (1990)
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Kid decides to go to his friend Play's house party, but neither of them can predict what's in store for them on what could be the wildest night of their lives.

Director: Reginald Hudlin
Stars: Christopher Reid, Robin Harris, Christopher Martin
Class Act (1992)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A valedictorian and a juvenile delinquent have their school records switched and begin to be treated like the other.

Director: Randall Miller
Stars: Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin, Andre Rosey Brown
Eddie (1996)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Eddie is a New York limo driver and a fanatical follower of the New York Knicks professional basketball team. The team is struggling with a mediocre record when, in mid-season, "Wild Bill" ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Rash
Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Langella, Dennis Farina
Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

High school loser (Cannon) pays a cheerleader (Milian) to pose as his girlfriend so he can be considered cool. Remake of 1987's 'Can't Buy Me Love,' starring Patrick Dempsey.

Director: Troy Byer
Stars: Nick Cannon, Christina Milian, Jordan Burg
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

As Carl Black gets the opportunity to move his family out of Chicago in hope of a better life, their arrival in Beverly Hills is timed with that city's annual purge, where all crime is legal for twelve hours.

Director: Deon Taylor
Stars: Mike Epps, Zulay Henao, Alex Henderson
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A high school teacher from a troubled inner city Washington D.C. neighborhood becomes a super-powered hero and takes on the gang that has been terrorizing his streets.

Director: Robert Townsend
Stars: Robert Townsend, Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

Jon Jon Harris sees a ripe opportunity for a major party when he snags the job house-sitting for his rich Uncle Charles.

Director: Chris Stokes
Stars: Marques Houston, Kym Whitley, Alexis Fields
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Terry is an up and coming comedian, but believes politics will get him the big breaks and more time at the popular Dukie's Comedy Club. Just so happens that Terry is 'sleeping' with Ruby ... See full summary »

Director: Topper Carew
Stars: Martin Lawrence, John Witherspoon, Lance Crouther
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Dr. RJ Stevens is a talk show host who visits his family in the deep south. While there he reunites with his brother Otis, his sister Betty, his cousin/rival Clyde and his childhood love interest Lucinda Allen.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Stars: Martin Lawrence, Louis C.K., James Earl Jones
Lottery Ticket I (2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Kevin Carson is a young man living in the projects who has to survive a three-day weekend after his opportunistic neighbors find out he's holding a winning lottery ticket worth $370 million.

Director: Erik White
Stars: Shad Moss, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A young black woman discovers that her father was a sperm donor, and if that weren't bad enough, he's white.

Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson, Will Smith
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Reid ... Kid
Christopher Martin ... Play
Martin Lawrence ... Bilal
Bowlegged Lou Bowlegged Lou ... Pee-Wee
Paul Anthony ... Stab
B-Fine B-Fine ... Zilla
Tisha Campbell-Martin ... Sidney (as Tisha Campbell)
Kamron 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 Louie Louie ... Rick
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The pajama jam! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hisna zabava 2 See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$19,281,235
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Is considered a cult classic, but noted to be indulgent on its fervent positive message of young African -Americans aspiring to earn a college education. See more »

Quotes

Play: Man, that Kid would forget his Dick if it wasn't screwed on tight.
See more »

Crazy Credits

In loving memory of Robin 'Pops' Harris. See more »

Connections

Edited into Hollywood Burn (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

I Lust 4 U
Written and Performed by London Jones
London Jones appears courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Pajama Jams pay for College?
21 January 2006 | by film-criticSee all my reviews

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 *****


7 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed