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Overall Rating
2.34

Awesome: 4.69%
Worth A Look: 14.06%
Average: 29.69%
Pretty Bad: 14.06%
Total Crap37.5%

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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
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by EricDSnider

"Better than its predecessor. But it's not like it could have been worse."
3 stars

Surely everyone enjoys seeing a cartoon dog light his own farts on fire as a means of staving off an enemy. And who doesn't think it's funny when a knight in armor is kicked in the crotch and he says, "Ooh! Right in the round tables!"?

Because these ideas are clever and entertaining, you should by all means take your children to see "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed." Be prepared to stop at Burger King afterward, though; you will find two direct references to the chain within the first 17 minutes of the movie, and BK is where all the "Scooby-Doo" toys are.

This sequel to the 2002 hit, again directed by Raja Gosnell ("Big Momma's House," "Never Been Kissed") and again combining live action with an animated Scooby, finds Mystery Inc. at the height of fame. A museum exhibit featuring costumes used by criminals the gang has caught over the years is about to open, and media attention is high.

Unfortunately, some maniac is turning the costumes into real monsters, daring Mystery Inc. to stop him. But who is it? Recently released criminal Old Man Wickles (Peter Boyle) is a suspect, and it's possible escaped convict Jacobo (Tim Blake Nelson) or museum curator Patrick (Seth Green) are the culprits, too.

It's a lot of loud, silly stuff, mostly inoffensive (MOSTLY), and more tolerable than its predecessor, though it's still a long way from being what I'd call "good." I'd like to believe this muted, backhanded non-endorsement of the film will prevent people from seeing it, but I'm more realistic than that.

Freddie Prinze Jr. again proves that the bland, forgettable Fred is the part he was born to play. (He may take that as a compliment if he likes.) Sarah Michelle Gellar fares better as Daphne than she did last time, in that she's no longer made to be an airhead. (It's good to see Buffy fighting evil again, too.) And Linda Cardellini is forever a welcome sight as Velma, whose budding romance with Patrick is cute indeed.

Once again, I'm compelled to give props to Matthew Lillard, who plays Shaggy. A grating, hyper-comic actor in the worst tradition, Lillard has found his niche in the "Scooby-Doo" films. Here his rubbery faces and loose-limbed goofiness actually work, because where better to act like a cartoon character than when your nearest co-star is, in fact, a cartoon? He has Shaggy's voice and delivery down pat, and he's got the technical skill required to make his scenes with the added-in-later Scooby look believable (which is harder than it sounds). I still hope he never, ever appears in any other film, but in this franchise, he's OK.

It should not surprise you to learn that Ruben Studdard appears in the end to sing a song over the closing credits, and to dance with the Scooby characters. I believe that here, like Prinze and Lillard, Studdard has found where he truly belongs.

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User Comments

10/26/09 Mr.Carrot73 Or, to put it less paradoxically, the essential thing in metabolism is that the organism 5 stars
10/26/09 Mr.Carrot16 You can see three things from the following picture: To explain what is going on, they star 4 stars
10/25/09 Arnold78 Of course, populist anger and libertarian conviction do not exhaust all possible answers ou 2 stars
10/24/09 Faggot25 Moving on, we have the inspiring response of the police to the online publishing of one of 3 stars
10/23/09 BadGirl70 Perhaps we draw closer to one another. , 3 stars
10/23/09 Alex98 He was also amazed at the effort it took to get people to place their recyclables in separa 2 stars
10/23/09 Kelvin89 India's Lok Sabha has a Question Hour. , 2 stars
10/23/09 No_limits25 The transparency of the project. , 5 stars
9/20/08 antreia dopson this movie is awesome and i love freddie prince jr and sarah michelle gellat 5 stars
3/27/07 David Pollastrini Stick with the cartoons 2 stars
6/23/06 drydock54321 it's entertaining and a good adaptation of the cartoon 4 stars
6/20/06 George It was okay ."Okay" 3 stars
4/06/06 Troy M. Grzych Lacks the charm and creepiness of the original cartoons, but loved Linda Cardellini! 3 stars
12/21/05 miss patience 5 THE MOST CRAPPYEST STUPIDEST I'V EVER SEEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
11/26/05 hunt way better than part 1 says me ,don't you get it 4 stars
11/26/05 cr better than part 1, improved flaws of the first, cool classic monsters,better story finally 3 stars
10/26/05 tatum My dead cat can direct better than Gosnell 1 stars
10/14/05 Fucka I'll vaffanculo this movie! 1 stars
7/22/05 tony worse than the first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
6/07/05 JD So corny and awful, should never have been made. 1 stars
3/12/05 Antirad Good. I loved Scooby's animation 4 stars
3/12/05 crandall101 not as good as the 1st one 3 stars
2/20/05 Jeff Anderson Better than the first & more enjoyable! Again Lillard & Cardellini are the saving graces!!! 4 stars
9/18/04 American Slasher Goddess Slightly, better then the first, but that's not saying much 1 stars
7/28/04 Donna Gelpigi Doesn't take itself too seriously, so better than many an action flick that does. 4 stars
6/12/04 Raymond Lee better than the first one 3 stars
6/03/04 Shaun SMG should have stuck with Buffy, Pretty Bad movie!!! 2 stars
4/18/04 Daveman At least the first film wasn't so sickiningly politically correct 1 stars
4/17/04 HeavensJustice If your kids don't drag you to the movie. DON'T GO! We'll just leave it at that. 1 stars
4/15/04 KingNeutron 2.5 *'s, the DOG is the WORST MOST UNFUNNY PART of the film EVAR; but LC hot as always. 2 stars
4/14/04 slayathon Best Part was the end with Seth Green dancing 2 stars
4/04/04 mason my 3 year old dug it, big dumb fun 4 stars
4/02/04 movieboy pretty good better then the first 4 stars
4/01/04 g is this a movie or an hour annd a FUCKING HALF OF PURE SHIT! STUPIFYING HORSESHIT! DAMN!!!! 1 stars
3/31/04 maxomai Just stab your eyes out. It's better for you. 1 stars
3/28/04 Margie according to a 10 yr old (my sister) it was great, according to me... pretty bad. 2 stars
3/28/04 Hilarium Not even a real movie. Stupid. 1 stars
3/27/04 Titus Not bad for a fun, silly flick. See it if you liked the first one. 4 stars
3/27/04 Bingo was his name-o Vile. 1 stars
3/20/04 Ray Its like what happens in the movie: a fart joke!!! 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  26-Mar-2004 (PG)
  DVD: 14-Sep-2004

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Australia
  01-Apr-2004




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