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Men in Black II (2002)

Men in Black II (2002)

Men in Black II



Critic Consensus: Lacking the freshness of the first movie, MIB 2 recycles elements from its predecessor with mixed results.

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Otherworldly villains are on the loose again, and it's up to Earth's interstellar police force to bring them to justice in this sequel to the sci-fi comedy blockbuster Men in Black. Agent Jay (Will Smith) has become a high-ranking member of the Men in Black, the secret government task force designed to deal with unruly visitors from other worlds, while his former cohort, Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones), had his memory wiped clean and now lives a simple but contented life as a mailman. However, an especially nasty alien threat has reared its not-so-ugly head; Serleena (Lara Flynn Boyle) is a shape-shifting Kylothian alien who is in pursuit of another escaped visitor who holds the key to powers that would allow her to destroy the world. Making Serleena all the more dangerous is the fact she's taken on the appearance of a lingerie model, making her irresistible to most men. When the rampaging Serleena takes control of the MIB offices, Jay is forced to turn to the only man who can help him save the world -- the former Agent Kay. After restoring Kay's memory, the two remaining Men in Black set out to conquer Serleena with a motley band of friendly aliens, including a handful of worm creatures and a talking dog named Frank (voice of Tim Blaney). Jay, meanwhile, has his head turned by Laura (Rosario Dawson), an attractive waitress who was an unwitting witness to an alien attack. Men in Black 2 also features Rip Torn, Tony Shalhoub, David Cross, Patrick Warburton, and Johnny Knoxville. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence and some provocative humor)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lowell Cunningham, Barry Fanaro, Robert Gordon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 26, 2002
Box Office: $190.4M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Will Smith
as Agent J
Rosario Dawson
as Laura Vasquez
Johnny Knoxville
as Scrad/Charlie
Tony Shalhoub
as Jack Jeebs
Peter Spellos
as Motorman
Michael Rivkin
as Man With Dog
Lenny Venito
as New York Guy
Howard Spiegel
as New York Guy
Derek Cecil
as Repairman Agent
Sean Rouse
as MIB Agent
Peter Spruyt
as MIB Customs Agent
Kevin Cotteleer
as MIB Customs Agent
Marty Belafsky
as MIB Customs Agent
Rick Baker
as MIB Passport Control...
Nick Cannon
as MIB Autopsy Agent
Andre Blair
as Central Park Agent
Jeremy Howard
as Bird Guy Alien/Posta...
Mary Stein
as Bird Lady Alien
Marty Klebba
as Family Child Alien
John Alexander
as Jarra/Family Dad Ali...
Denise Cheshire
as Family Mom/Locker Al...
Ernie Grunwald
as Young Postal Employe...
Carl Johnson
as Gleeble
Chloe Sonnenfeld
as Young Girl At Post O...
John Andrew Berton J...
as Split Alien Guy
Peter Graves
as Himself
Linda Kim
as Ambassador Lauranna
Martin Klebba
as Family Child Alien
Paige Brooks
as `Mysteries in Histor...
Stephanie Kemp
as Neuralyzed Mother
Barry Sonnenfeld
as Neuralyzed Father
Victoria Jones
as Neuralyzed Daughter
Michael Garvey
as Corn Face
Michael Dahlen
as Flesh Balls
Kevin Grevioux
as Pineal Eye
Derek Mears
as Mosh Tendrils
Philip Goodwin
as Diner Guy
Sonny Tipton
as Dog Poop
Tim Blaney
as Frank the Pug
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Critic Reviews for Men in Black II

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (37)

The down-home satire of how we cope with cultural difference has evaporated, replaced by jazzy effects that wear out their welcome by the halfway mark.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The movie's smart, funny and fairly forgettable.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Time passes, hope sinks and a theme emerges, unfortunately. Men in Black II shows that only two kinds of women exist on other planets: shining saints and snaky monsters.

Full Review… | July 21, 2015
The Nation

It can't be said enough how much Smith's charisma and Jones' deadpan delivery almost save this movie and it's to their credit that this movie isn't as bad as it should be.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Lyles' Movie Files

In the absence of the first film's rhythm, wit, and novelty, it's a typically lazy, diminishing-returns sequel.

Full Review… | May 24, 2012
Groucho Reviews

"Men in Black II" never matched the first film's perfect blend of action, comedy, and sci-fi elements.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Men in Black II

Tommy Lee Jones & Will Smith give great performances, but it is not enough to grasp the attention of its audience as it fails to garner the touch from its predecessor. Men in Black II lacks the originality and goes excessively in too deep on its already familiar settlement. 2/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Once again aliens with a malevolent agenda are running loose on Earth, and the only hope for stopping them lies in the hands of the Men in Black in this sequel to the 1997 hit.

Yeah, the effects are once again top notch, and the performances from Smith and Jones ultimately save things, but overall, this sequel is a real disappointment.

For one thing, it just feels really uninspired, and doesn't have the level of engagement as the first one. It's also rather lazy, extremely hit and miss with the humor (mostly miss), and criminally short where the run time is concerned.

Sure, it does have it's moments, and it's not a bore when it comes to entertainment, but nothing is really done to make the audience really care. This film easily comes off as a typical sequel summer cash in event, and that's a shame. It's really too bad they didn't take more time to craft something worthwhile instead of ending up with some quite lackluster and dull.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

'Men in Black II' feels a lot less original compared to its original. This could have been a new, clever chapter for both Kay and Jay. Instead, it feels like the original story, but its lost its punch and humor.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

Men in Black II Quotes

Jay: Kay, he's a Ball-chinnian.
– Submitted by Matthew D (3 years ago)
Jay: Old-Busted-Hotness.
– Submitted by Matthew D (3 years ago)
Frank the Pug: Yada, yada. She's attractive, she's not that kind of species & I'm attractive.
Jay: Am I supposed to take advice of love from a dude that chases his own ass?
– Submitted by Matthew D (3 years ago)
Jeebs: Oh great, right in the pie-hole! Now nothing's going to taste right!
– Submitted by Matthew D (3 years ago)

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