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Men in Black II (2002)

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Agent J needs help so he is sent to find Agent K and restore his memory.

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Barry Sonnenfeld

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Lowell Cunningham (comic book "Malibu Comics"), Robert Gordon (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Kay
Will Smith ... Jay
Rip Torn ... Zed
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Serleena
Johnny Knoxville ... Scrad / Charlie
Rosario Dawson ... Laura Vasquez
Tony Shalhoub ... Jack Jeebs
Patrick Warburton ... Agent Tee
Jack Kehler ... Ben
David Cross ... Newton
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine ... Hailey (as Colombe Jacobsen)
Peter Spellos ... Captain Larry Bridgewater, The Motorman
Michael Rivkin ... Man with Harvey, the Dog
Michael Bailey Smith ... Creepy
Lenny Venito ... New York Guy
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Coming To Rid Your Earth of the Scum of the Universe... Again! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

MIB 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,148,751, 7 July 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$190,418,803

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$441,818,803
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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Linda Fiorentino was originally intended to reprise her role as Agent L, before eventually being dropped from the script. See more »

Goofs

When you first see Ben's pizza shop, it obviously has a second floor and is a brick building. When Serleena is in the pizza shop holding up Ben, you see yellow ceiling tiles with square designs. Then in the same scene when Laura is crying in the kitchen, it shows the ceiling again but with a sky window and the tiles around it are smaller squares, ceramic and tan in color. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Will Smith's song "Nod Your Heads" plays over the closing credits. See more »

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The DVD features an alternate ending which is similar to the ending given in the theatrical release, but with a different location in MIB headquarters. See more »

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Referenced in Werner - Gekotzt wird später! (2003) See more »

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Planet of the Wolves
Written by Seiji Anno, Hideaki Sekiguchi and Toru Kuvibayashi
Performed by Guitar Wolf
Courtesy of Matador Records
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Men in cheap suits

For such a belated (and now unwanted) sequel to feel so much like a quick-rehash to cash in on the original's success is weird. This movie had 5 years (and some false-starts) to refine and for the filmmakers to really make it something special for the fans and to pay tribute to the brilliant Men in Black. It never happened.

Instead we have a plot (that doesn't even make sense) so wafer thin it's almost invisible and repeats of old scenes. Always, always, always a bad, bad, bad mistake for a sequel. NEVER homage or try to be smart by repeating scenes. John Carpenter did this with Escape from LA and that was lost on almost all audiences. Just like what has happened with MIB II. I did expect this to be a huge hit. But it's gone largely unnoticed because it's asking for money for old rope.

David Cross (who played the morgue attendant in the original) has the only funny scene and I swear any other laughs will be no more than exaggerated smiles. You'll want to enjoy, but won't. Lara Flynn Boyle is not the uber-[female] her character should have been. And Rosario Dawson has NOTHING to do in her role at all. I don't want to say that she is a bad actress because the part offered her so little to do. Not even so little. It was nothing. Never before in my life have I seen such a pointless character. All she did was stand around with her eyes open in amazement. That's it. Had her character been called Laura MacGuffin instead of Laura Vasquez it would have been a tiny bit acceptable. What IS the deal with that silly 'light' nonsense?

Plus the chemistry between Smith and Jones is gone. It's simply not there and there is no spark. Jones originally didn't even want to do this film (Linda Fiorentino was supposed to return) and he seems like someone totally different. First time round he was wise and crafty. Here he is just a gear in the machine. There's no magic. No comic timing.

MIB II should have been one of those surprising sequels that blows the original out of the water. Like Gremlins 2 for example. Spielberg was producer on that movie too. It came 6 years after the first. MIB II had 5. And it seems like they just hastily threw it together in a couple of weeks. It is so puzzling. And what is even weirder is that the Men In Black Limited Edition DVD has a trailer for MIB II. And that DVD was released in Fall 2000! (ages before this film's eventual release, where they aiming for a summer 2001 release?) And the trailer for MIB II on this DVD is anamorphically enhanced at 2.35:1. But the actual film itself is 1.85:1. I found this to be one of the most strangest things of all. It's practically false advertising.

Oh well, I don't want to give the film 1/5. I really don't. Not when MIB deserves a sequel so much better. And by giving it 1/5 I am, in a way, insulting the original. But I must. Sorry.


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