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Gods Must Be Crazy 2, The
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by Scott Weinberg

"More of the same...which is both a good thing and bad."
3 stars

If you're in the movie business, and I don't care if you're Action Monster Bruckhimer, Indie-Flick Greek Wedding Girl, or South African Documentarian with a Surprise Global Smash Under Your Belt, you're going to produce a sequel to anything that turns a profit.

Following the worldwide popularity of his goofball fable The Gods Must Be Crazy, director Jamie Uys probably went back to Africa, set up his cameras a second time, and spent the next four years making his follow-up.

Another nearly universal truth of sequels is that they're generally inferior to their predecessors. This most likely comes from the simple fact that: Movie A was born from the desire to tell a story, while Movie B was born from the fact that Movie A made a whole lot of money. Certainly this factor can be overcome (as has been proven by films like The Godfather Part 2, Toy Story 2 and a few others), but for the most parts...sequels are just rehashes. Often entertaining rehashes, but repackaged leftovers all the same. Such is certainly the case with The Gods Must Be Crazy 2.

Copying the formula of the original with only about half of the charm, The Gods Must Be Crazy 2 has a three-tiered narrative, each third of which exist as its own separate story for most of the film.

Thread 1 sees the two adorable children of Xixo (back from the first film) inadvertantly 'kidnapped' by a pair of ivory poachers.

Thread 2 covers the same old boy-meets-girl romance with a healthy dose of broad physical humor.

Thread 3 (the least successful, again, just like in the original "Gods") deals with soldiers and rebels and other angry people with guns.

Jamie Uys may be able to successfully copy the plot structures of his earlier (and clearly superior) film, but there's a feeling of repetition that helps to make The Gods Must Be Crazy 2 feel like little more than a half-hearted second go-round on the same old material.

There's certainly enough here to warrant a look if nature specials and family-friendly foreign farces are something you're fascinated by (the young kids are quite charming; a few of the animal gags work surprisingly well; there are several amusing pratfalls involving the world's smallest airplane) - but make no mistake; The Gods Must Be Crazy 2 was made for the same reason that Police Academy 2 was made.

And with any 'strike while the iron's hot' example of sequel-minded moviemaking, you're bound to trudge through a lot of tedium and familiarity in order to find the few worthwhile moments.

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8/13/14 dr.lao Tries to recreate the genius of the original: not bad but not genius 3 stars
8/07/04 ranger4e Really funny but not quite as good as the original. 4 stars
6/13/04 Larry Parrott worth a look, liked it very much 4 stars
5/18/04 John almost as good as the first one - almost 4 stars
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  13-Apr-1990 (PG)
  DVD: 01-Jun-2004



Directed by
  Jamie Uys

Written by
  Jamie Uys

  Lena Farugia
  Hans Strydom
  Richard Loring

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