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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

Writers:

Christopher Landon, Scott Lobdell (based on characters created by)
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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

'Happy Death Day 2U' Stars Tease Trilogy Plans

Happy Death Day 2U stars Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard talk switching genres and reveal details of the third film in their cult series.

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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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Same Day, New Killer. See more »


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

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Trivia

Like in the first film where Carter announces the story bearing similarities to the plot of Groundhog Day, he establishes the similarities with this sequels' plot to Back to the Future Part II (1989). There are also some small nods to the film, like the wood chipper being from "Biff's Tree Removal", and also a clock tower scene. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ryan Phan: [tries to pet a dog] Aw.
[the dog barks at him]
Old Lady: Watch it. Watch it. Frank, no.
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Crazy Credits

The first short section of the opening credits is played over various angles and shots of the time distortion device. See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Bad Movies with Amazing Intros (2019) See more »

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Busy Day Birthday
Written by Stephen Baird and Robert Stribling
Performed by The Trak Kartel
Courtesy of John Fulford Music
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An Impressive Sequel, Magnificent Work From Landon, Rothe and the Crew
16 February 2019 | by CANpatbuck3664See all my reviews

Happy Death Day wasn't my favourite movie from 2017 but it was in my top 10 and it qualified as the biggest surprise of that year for me. It was a solid slasher movie with a lot of funny material and a unique take on the time loop concept. The trailers for Happy Death Day 2U didn't deter me from seeing it but it looked like they could be repeating the successful formula from the first one. What may be the most surprising part of Happy Death Day 2U is the fact that other than providing a recap of the first movie, so little of it is recycled. This isn't a horror movie, its a science fiction/comedy mashup with horror and romance elements thrown in. It not only works but it works so well that it rivals the first one in execution for me. They broaden the scope of the movie and it switches genres. I can't think of another sequel (I'm sure there has been somewhere, I just can't think of one off the top of my head) that boldly chooses to go in a completely different direction. It not only makes that choice but it succeeds at it completely. The best part is that 2U is that while it is inventive, it retains a lot of what worked previously. The sense of humour carries over and there's more than enough funny material to go around. I laughed a lot throughout it was key that they kept things light to keep the pace up.

The movie choosing to change things up was the biggest surprise but the wonderful development of the characters was just as impressive. Tree's development into being a better person was a highlight of the original Happy Death Day, it added an interesting dynamic to the story. Tree continues to grow (no pun intended) and I have to hand it to writer/director Christopher Landon for developing the characters further with new aspects without just repeating the same arc. With Tree facing the same scenario but with many changes, the characters are the same yet completely different and it keeps things intriguing. While 2U was funny there were also some emotional moments that were very heartfelt. I liked how the original included the evolution of Tree's relationship with her dad, they double down on that in this one with the surprise inclusion of someone from Tree's past. The genuine joy that comes out of that realization for Tree and the pain that it causes later had a lot of pathos that you wouldn't expect from this type of movie

Jessica Rothe's second performance as Tree is a fantastic work. 2U requires so much varied work from her doing physical comedy to involving drama and she pulls it off handily. She's outstanding here and I really hope she's on her way to bigger things because this is a great follow up performance. Almost the entire supporting cast returns and they all perform capably. Rothe and Israel Broussard still have a lot of chemistry as Tree and Carter, and their relationship has some sweet moments scattered throughout. I liked that they gave both Rachel Matthews and Ruby Modine different things to do as Danielle and Lori. They both were fun to watch. I also thought Phi Vu was better utilized in this movie as Ryan, it was cool that they took a minor character from the first one and expanded on his part. Vu's performance helped make that a solid choice.

I'm sure plenty of people will be complaining about the genre shift and tonal change from the first entry in this potential franchise and while I did have to adjust but it didn't bother me. I only had a few complaints when it comes to this movie. Just like the first one, they border on having too many twists when they're wrapping up. I liked all of them but the movie wants to bring a lot of new elements in at the end and the final 15 minutes feels a little overstuffed. They also jam some of the more juvenile bits of humour in the very beginning and the very end of the movie that can feel a little out of place tonally.

I was a huge fan of the first Happy Death Day and if you made me pick I still think the first one is a better stand alone film. But Happy Death Day 2U is wildly creative, the script is really sharp and Jessica Rothe proves how wonderfully versatile she is in another great lead performance. People always complain about sequels just being carbon copies of the original or that the plot is recycled or how originality in movies is dead. I was blown away by how Landon and his team were unafraid to blaze a different path with the continuation of this potential franchise and give the audience something fresh to chew on. If you're stuck on having another slasher movie, this might not be your cup of tea but I can't recommend this highly enough. If you enjoyed the first one and can keep an open mind, go see Happy Death Day 2U.


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Country:

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, 17 February 2019

Gross USA:

$28,148,130

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,600,152
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as dolby surround 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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