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Studio:
     Columbia Tristar (1hr. 22min.)
Plot:
     Agents J and K return to battle more alien rabble-rousers.
Cast:
     Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Michael Jackson
Rating:
     PG13
Bottom Line:
     **

Coverage:

You would think after a five year hiatus, the "Men In Black" script writers would come up with a plot as good as the original. They even had enough time come up with at least a reasonable facsimile.

But no.

As a result, "Men In Black 2" has a plentitude of sins.

Got a pen and paper?

Good. Here we go.

Super freak Michael Jackson, who has a cameo in the flick, doesn’t play an alien. Boy, what a missed opportunity.

If you’ve seen the trailers — you’ve seen all the film's best moments.

The plot is mechanical — a by-the-numbers sequel. The original was inspired, fresh and surprising.

The script is a grab bag of scenes that lack a cohesive unifying idea.

Here’s what’s good about MIBII:

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones’ performances make the film good enough so you don't have to throw the baby out with the bath water. Personal note: Rosario Dawson (who is given little to do), looks great. Too bad she’s just used as window dressing.

The film opens with the evil alien, Serleena (Lara Flynn Boyle), a man-eating Kylothian root creature (who takes the form of a Victoria Secret model), taking over the Men In Black headquarters. Agent J. (Smith) escapes and seeks the help of his former partner Agent K. (Jones), who now works in a post office after having his memory erased by a neuralyzer in the first film.

Admittedly, there are a few chuckles as J. helps K. regain his memory, and fans will be glad to see many of the film's original characters return, Frank the talking pug, the Worm Guys, Jeebs (Tony Shalhoub), whose head grows back after it’s blown off and the Noisy Cricket gun.

MIBII is a visual treat, and there are worse films out there this summer. However, the film falls way short of its predecessor – a chronic problem with sequels.

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