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Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

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Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

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Christopher Landon

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Christopher Landon, Scott Lobdell (characters)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Rothe ... Tree Gelbman
Israel Broussard ... Carter Davis
Phi Vu ... Ryan Phan
Suraj Sharma ... Samar Ghosh
Sarah Yarkin ... Andrea 'Dre' Morgan
Rachel Matthews ... Danielle Bouseman
Ruby Modine ... Lori Spengler
Steve Zissis ... Dean Roger Bronson
Charles Aitken ... Gregory Butler
Laura Clifton ... Stephanie Butler
Missy Yager ... Julie Gelbman
Jason Bayle ... David Gelbman
Caleb Spillyards ... Tim Bauer
Jimmy Gonzales ... Police Officer
Peter Jaymes Jr. ... Police Officer
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Storyline

Having survived the farcical but utterly life-threatening events in Happy Death Day (2017), the feisty sorority sister, Tree Gelbman, finds herself in the same college dorm, thankful to be alive. However, this time, it's Carter's roommate, Ryan, who claims that he is reliving the same paradoxical day over and over again, as a mysterious paranoid killer in a single-toothed baby-faced mask with a big kitchen knife has made a habit of murdering him. Under those circumstances, a valiant but vain attempt to face the challenge, once more, will send Tree back to square one, trapped in an all too familiar and blood-drenched time loop. How many deaths separate Tree from a truly happy birthday? Written by Nick Riganas

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Death makes a killer comeback. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, language, sexual material and thematic elements. | See all certifications »

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USA | Japan

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Death Day 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,497,665, 15 February 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,051,045, 4 April 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,251,045, 7 April 2019
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ryan calls the device he invented "Sisyphus" (he and his friends call it "Sissy" for short). Sisyphus is character in Greek mythology. Like Tree, Sisyphus escaped Death's clutches, and as his punishment in the afterlife, he was forced to roll a boulder up a hill every day for eternity, only to have it roll away from him back down the hill before he could get to the top. The story of Sisyphus is superficially like that of Tree who must relive the same day again and again only to see something finally go wrong each time before she can get out of the time loop (until obviously, unlike Sisyphus, she manages to finish her task and get freed). See more »

Goofs

A girl in Quantum Mechanics Lab says "Wow, 0.7 millinewtons of energy". As someone studying physics, she should know that a newton is a measure of force, not energy. See more »

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[Tree notices a sign "Like-a-Leaf skydiving" and decides to join. At the airplane, the skydiving instructor sends the people out of the airplane]
Skydiving Instructor: Come on, go! You're up! Go, go, go!
[much to the confusion of the instructor, Tree is the next in line, wearing nothing except a bikini. She smiles and jumps out. She lands near the bench where Carter and Danielle are kissing. They scream in horror]
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Crazy Credits

Mid-Credits scene. The five students are picking up trash when Government vehicles arrive to pick them up. They have acquired Ryan's SISSY device and recruit the team for research. First test subject brought into a time loop, Danielle. See more »

Connections

Follows Happy Death Day (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Hard Times
Written by Hayley Williams (as Hayley Nichole Williams) and Taylor York (as Taylor Benjamin York)
Performed by Paramore
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Sometimes it's better not knowing how the sausage is made...
14 February 2019 | by KingKongKyleSee all my reviews

Sometimes it's better not knowing how the sausage is made. The first Happy Death Day was a fun little slasher flick that never took itself too seriously and was thoroughly entertaining for what it was. The sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, tried to provide explanation to the phenomenon that befell Tree in the first film. It all involves a science project gone wrong and a bunch of time-looping sci-fi mumbo jumbo that isn't nearly as smart as the movie thinks it is. This should be a franchise where you can just turn your brain off and have a good time. Instead, 2U wants the audience to think. That's the big mistake. Most of the "science" stuff makes little to no sense, and making us think about it only makes us realize how convoluted a mess this story is. I won't even get into the eye-roll worthy plot conveniences that have to exist for the film to even move forward in some spots.

Another issue is this isn't a horror movie. There may be a couple short scenes that lend themselves to horror, but this is much more so a sci-fi story, a far cry from what we started with in the first movie. Also, the movie reaches a satisfying ending place, but then decides to not end there and throws in a ridiculous "heist" movie at the end. Why not? We're already watching a horror-comedy-scifi-romcom?

Now, it's not all bad. The movie does keep moving at a steady pace and most of the characters are entertaining (even if they aren't particularly engaging). The sub-plot about Tree's mom feels genuinely heart-felt and gives the movie a little emotional weight. There's plenty of decent laughs throughout. And, as in the first film, Jessica Rothe seems to be having a ball in the lead role. There's also a mid-credits scene to suggest we're gonna expand this universe even more. And while I'll welcome a third movie in this fun franchise, I wish the writers would understand that more isn't necessarily better. Sometimes keeping it simple is best. 6/10


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