Men In Black II
Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: -1/2

This eagerly awaited sequel to the 1997 blockbuster takes up where the first film left off, its been five years since Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) retired and had his memory erased by Agent Jay (Will Smith). But an old threat has returned to Earth in the form of the powerful Serleena (Lara Flynn Boyle), an evil Kylothian looking for the Light of Zartha. Zed (Rip Torn), head of MIB operations, sends Jay to bring Kay back into service from his retirement as Postmaster in Truro, Massachusetts. Because only Kay knows where to find the clues that lead to the Light, if his memory can be restored. But Serleena takes over MIB headquarters and the countdown to Earths destruction can only be stopped by finding the Light, and keeping Serleena in the dark. Audiences will once again enjoy the humorous rollercoaster of an adventure in alien encounters from, as one clue puts it, the secret files of an agency that doesnt exist.

Although some of the encounters are more violent than others, most of the violence is almost slapstick as alien heads grow back after being splattered by futuristic weapons, or bisected bodies rejoin. Remarkably, the foul language, which made the original largely unacceptable, has been greatly toned down. Only a couple of mild obscenities are heard, but numerous crude terms are used. Boyle shows off some miracle curves as a lingerie model before revealing her evil self, but most of the crude, sexually suggestive remarks are left to Frank, an alien that looks like a pug dog. [Reviewers note: Men in black suits who see things the rest of the world misses, and save the world by finding the Light seems strangely allegorical.] Despite the improved vocabulary, MEN IN BLACK TWO still features frequent violence in a humorous manner with too much crude and suggestive material for the expected younger audience.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: Columbia Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Crude Language: Many (22) times Mild 13, moderate 9
Obscene Language: Few (2) times Mild Other
Profanity: Few (2) times Exclamatory (OMG)
Violence: Many times Moderate, sometimes slapstick (Worlds explode, knife threat, scene implies man eaten, men tossed by alien monster, monster bites/ eats part of subway train, alien tendrils enter anothers ear and come out nostril, alien body costume splits when alien killed, punches, head explodes/ shot off regrows, weapons shot at aliens, hits/ kicks, kick to crotch, hit w/objects, worm guys cut in half rejoin, men wrapped in alien tendrils, shootings, explosions)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Near nudity Few times (Skimpy costumes and emphasized cleavage on video, picture of underwear model, woman in underwear)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Many times (Alien dog comments suggestively about women, woman shows bra - comments about being lingerie model, alien appears to have testicles under jaw, worm guys make leering comments about woman, comment about adult video store, girl tells boy I want to have your baby, reference to alien anal probes, alien woman sticks tongue/tendril in mans ear, comment about Kama Sutra)
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Aliens often grotesque, comment about all Post Office workers being aliens
Running Time: 82 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 12 and older

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