Episode #52: House Party 2
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SUMMARY - In House Party 2, Kid is heading off to college to get the education that his recently deceased father always wanted for him. Unfortunately, Play has the tuition check that Kid accidentally left behind and gives the money to a record producer who turns out to be a scam artist. Kid is on the verge of being kicked out of school if he can’t raise $10,000 in a week. Perhaps there is some sort of event they can hold?
Screenplay by Rusty Cundieff and Daryl G. Nickens; Directed by George Jackson and Doug McHenry, and released on October 23, 1991.
The movie starts with a dream sequence of Kid's anxieties about going to college, which is a flashy start
It also pays homage to Robin Harris who played Pops and passed away in 1990. His presence in this movie is certainly missed.
Primarily, the movie is about Kid going to college, but there's an important b-plot about a shady "record producer" played by Iman.
The way college life was represented in this movie was extremely confusing.
And financials do not actually work like this in real life. This check was supposed to pay for his tuition - but it was given to the record producer. Look, we go into a lot of detail about all this fake drama.
Story-wise, there are quite a lot of callbacks and many returning characters including the Full Force crew.
Where the movie shines is in it's surprising moments of poignancy, largely coming from the professor.
However, there is a lot of tonal inconsistency as the majority of the movie has a bunch of unnecessary sound effects and overly cartoony moments.
Music is a huge part and we have new cast members Queen Latifah who eventually does perform
And Kamron from Young Black Teenagers who also does a song during the party
It takes way, way too long to get to the actual party of this movie. How they got this elaborate set-up done in a short time is not explained.
The ending is a wacky Scooby-Doo inspired chase scene, which really means we spend less time in an actual party setting.
The movie is jam packed full of stuff, but none of it feels like a cohesive movie, which is very unfortunate.
Awards Talk: No actual awards, but it was part of the MTV Movie Awards Best Hairdos fake nominees montage.
TRUE CRIME & POP CULTURE
This week our true crime is really just a headline level view of two prominent events that happened on this day in 1991. Perhaps in the future we will dive deeper into these topics, but just know that on 10/23/91, Clarence Thomas was sworn in as Supreme Court Justice and Jack Kevorkian assisted his first two patients in ending their own lives.
Noticeably absent from the sequel was A.J. Johnson who played Sherane. Nikki dives a little deeper into the background on turning down the part.
You can also read more here.
And here's that Burger King Commercial we talked about.
We don't talk about music charts - the movie is full of musicians that we discussed, so jumping into TV, here's what you may have been watching:
Of course we try to feature lesser-known shows. This week we had two of them.
Good & Evil - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101110/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_4
RANKINGS & RATINGS
Nikki 1-5 star scale - 2 out of 5
Jon 0-4 star scale - 1/2 out of 4
Would you watch it again? - The first and third movies are a lot better. We like a lot of the characters and certain specific scenes, but the cartoony sound effects and terrible plot really make this a confusing mess of a movie that seems to only exist in order to wedge in call-backs to the original. The only reason to watch it again is if it were part of a reunion/anniversary screening somewhere or if there was an all-night festival that played the trilogy.
If you want to watch House Party 2, as of this recording in February 2022, it’s available on HBO, Digital Rental, VHS, DVD. Check your local listings.
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