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Men in Black II

Film poster for Men in Black II
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Produced by Walter F. Parkes
Laurie MacDonald
Graham Place
(Co-Producer)
Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Written by Barry Fanaro
Robert Gordon
(Screenplay)
Robert Gordon
(Story)
Lowell Cunningham
(Comic book)
Starring Tommy Lee Jones
Will Smith
Lara Flynn Boyle
Johnny Knoxville
Rosario Dawson
Tony Shalhoub
and Rip Torn
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Greg Gardiner
Editing by Richard Pearson
Steven Weisberg
Studio Amblin Entertainment
MacDonald/Parkes Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) July 3, 2002
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $140 million
Gross revenue $441,818,803
Preceded by Men in Black

Men in Black II is a 2002 science fiction film starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The film also stars Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson and Rip Torn. The film is a sequel to the 1997 film Men in Black, both of which are based on the Malibu comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham.

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Plot

Five years after the events of the earlier film, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) has assumed civilian life as a small town's postmaster while Agent J (Will Smith) continues to work for the Men in Black, the self-funded New York City-based agency that secretly monitors and regulates extraterrestrials' activity on Earth. J is largely without a partner, his former partner Agent L having returned to her former task as a deputy medical examiner and her successors having been expelled from the agency by J himself due to their unsuitability. While investigating a seemingly routine crime, J uncovers a diabolical plot by Serleena, a shapeshifting Kylothian queen who disguises herself as a model (Lara Flynn Boyle), but resembles a Lernean hydra in her own form. To stop her, J must convince K— who has no memory of his time spent with the agency, but is the only person alive who knows what is needed to defeat Serleena— to reunite with the MIB before Earth is destroyed.

A large part of the plot centers on Agent J's relationship with a woman called Laura Vasquez (Rosario Dawson), a waitress at a SoHo pizzeria who witnesses Serleena's killing of the pizzeria's owner. Rather than erase her memory according to MIB rules, J allows her to retain it. As Laura becomes increasingly involved in the battle between Serleena and the MIB, she comes to view Agent J as her protector, while he simultaneously falls in love with her. While J tries to deneuralyze K, Serleena breaks into MIB resulting in a lockdown; J and K escape after being flushed from the building. J then takes K to Jack Jeebs (Tony Shalhoub), who built an unofficial deneuralyzer. Although K eventually regains his memory, he reveals that he still has no recollection of the "Light of Zartha" but left himself a series of clues in case he needed to remember.

Ultimately, Laura's true identity is revealed as an extraterrestrial princess and power-source styled the "Light of Zartha". This revelation requires her to return to Zartha, her ancestral homeworld. Serleena, who has been seeking all along to find and possess the Light of Zartha, is killed just as Laura is transported away. Agent K is said to have had a romantic attachment to Laura's mother Lauranna, after whom she is named, who was killed by Serleena twenty-five years before the film's story began. It is left unknown whether Kay is Laura's father. When Laura has gone, K and Agent Zed (the head of MIB) attempt to console J for his loss, only to have him answer that he needs no consolation, having accepted her departure without much sorrow. Since people all over New York City have witnessed these events, an emergency neuralyzer built into the Statue of Liberty is used to erase everyone's memory.

Two other plot threads relate the interaction of J with Frank the Pug (an extraterrestrial refugee posing as a pug dog, who becomes J's partner early in the film) and the revelation that K keeps a race of minuscule extraterrestrials inside a storage locker at Grand Central Terminal, the locker encasing their whole world. At the end of the film, K kicks open a forbidden door to reveal that a much larger locker located in an enormous alien version of Grand Central Terminal contains the human world.

Cast

  • Tommy Lee Jones as Kevin Brown/Agent K: A decommissioned senior MIB agent and the only person who knows (or knew) how to stop the latest threat to Earth's safety. He is revealed to be the father of the power source sought by Serleena, although he didn't say out loud.
  • Will Smith as James Darrell Edwards III/Agent J: Still on active duty with the MIB, he is not satisfied with the partners assigned to him and keeps neuralyzing them.
  • Rip Torn as Chief Zed: The head of the MIB.
  • Lara Flynn Boyle as Serleena: A shape-shifting alien who has come to Earth to find a vital power source used by her race's enemies. She serves as the main villain of the film.
  • Johnny Knoxville as Scrad & Charlie: A humanoid alien (Scrad), with a second small head (Charlie) on a stalk protruding from his neck, who does Serleena's dirty work.
  • Rosario Dawson as Laura Vasquez: A young woman who turns out to be the power source sought by Serleena. She is also revealed to be the daughter of Zarthan Queen Laurana and Agent K.
  • Tony Shalhoub as Jack Jeebs: An alien pawn shop owner who uses a home-built machine to "deneuralyze" K and restore his memory.
  • Patrick Warburton as Agent T: Partnered with J, who neuralyzes him and throws him out of the MIB.
  • Jack Kehler as Ben
  • David Cross as Newton
  • Biz Markie as Beatboxing Alien
  • Michael Jackson as himself (tries to persuade Chief Zed to make him Agent M)
  • Tim Blaney as the voice of Frank the Pug

Production

Despite some initial involvement from David Koepp (who left to work on Spider-Man),[1] the script was written by Robert Gordon and later revised by Barry Fanaro (who added humorous pop culture references, something which Gordon had deliberately avoided).[2] Sonnenfeld took issue with the producers' focus on the love story between Will Smith's and Rosario Dawson's characters, saying that "I learned on Wild Wild West that audiences didn't want to see Will as the straight man. And until Tommy comes back into the movie, by definition Will's the straight man."[1] Fanaro condensed the first part of the film and brought Agent K in earlier.[1] The climax of the film was originally to have taken place at New York City's World Trade Center. However, this had to be changed following the destruction of the buildings in the September 11 attacks.[3] The day after September 11, a spokesperson for the studio said that the ending would be refilmed.[4]

Supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay used a Synclavier to recreate and improve the original recording of the neuralyzer sound effect from the first film (which was the sound of a strobe flash as it recycles) by removing some distortion.[5] For some of the scenes with the Serleena creature, the sound crew "took tree branches, put them inside a rubber membrane and pushed that around and added some water."[5] For the special effects scene where the subway train is attacked by Jeff the Worm, a specially designed vice was used to crush a subway car and make it look as if it had been bitten in half.[2]

Release

Critical reception

The film received mixed reviews, gaining a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a Metacritic score of 49.[6][7] A. O. Scott of The New York Times said that, "Within the trivial, ingratiating scope of its ambition, though, the sequel is pleasant enough," and, noting the huge array of aliens designed by Rick Baker, said that the film "really belongs to Mr. Baker."[8] A review in The Hindu called the film "worth viewing once."[9] Another review from Digital Media FX magazine praised the spaceships as looking very realistic, but criticized many of the simpler visual effects such as the moving backgrounds composited behind the car windows using blue-screen (which it called a throwback to the special effects of earlier decades).[10] In August 2002, Entertainment Weekly placed the Worm Guys among their list of the best CG characters, and said that the enlarged roles of both Frank the Pug and the Worm Guys in Men in Black II was beneficial for the "tiring franchise".[11]

Box office

Men In Black II was a commercial success, although not to the extent of the original. Released theatrically on September 2002, Men In Black II charted at number one in its opening weekend at the box office with the revenue of $52,148,751. The film held onto the number one two the following week the revenue of $24,410,311, a 53.2% decrease from its opening weekend.[12] In the film's third week of release, it saw a 40.4% decrease with the revenue of $14,552,335, charting at number three.[12] After one month the film remained in the box office chart, at fourth place, with the revenue of $8,477,202.[12] Men In Black II fell out of the top-ten at the box office chart in its sixth week of release.[12] After sixty two days of release in North America, Men In Black II grossed $190,418,803.[13] 43.1% of the film's worldwide revenue of $441,818,803 came from North America.[13] Internationally, Men in Black was commercially successful; the film to date has grossed an estimated $251,400,000, with 56.9% of the films overall revenue coming from foreign territories.[13]

Sequel

Men in Black III will be the third iteration of the Men in Black film franchise and is scheduled to be released in 2011.[citation needed] It was announced at ShoWest by Rory Bruer (Sony Pictures' president of worldwide distribution). Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are expected to reprise their roles from previous films as both actors have expressed their interests in doing so.[14][15][16] Columbia Pictures has hired Tropic Thunder and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa writer Etan Cohen to pen the script. Barry Sonnenfeld will be involved in the making of the film though it is unknown if he will return as the director for Men in Black III. The studio is looking to start filming the third installment in 2010, perhaps as early as the spring.[17] Speculation that the film was an April Fools joke (due to it being announced on April 1, 2009) has been dismissed by Sony.[citation needed] The film was announced alongside Spider-Man 4 (which was canceled to reboot the series) and Ghostbusters III, which have both previously been confirmed to be in production.[18]

In 2005, Variety magazine mentioned that Sony Pictures was in talks with director Michael Bay to direct Men In Black III. In 2008, rumors resurfaced regarding Men In Black III after an interview with Walter Parkes. On September 28, 2008, Parkes told Personality Parade magazine "the challenge is getting the script right and finding a time when our busy stars are available [...] Everyone, including Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, wants to do another."[14][19]

References

  1. ^ a b c Karger, Dave (2007-02-05). "Aliens, Smith, And Jones (Page 2 of 6)". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,305154_2,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  2. ^ a b Munson, Brad (2002). Inside Men in Black II. New York: Ballantine Books. pp. 16. ISBN 0-345-45065-5. 
  3. ^ Karger, Dave (2007-02-05). "Aliens, Smith, And Jones (Page 4 of 6)". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,305154_4,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  4. ^ "Digital Media FX News Archives: Men In Black 2 Ending to be Refilmed After Disaster". Digital Media FX. 2001-09-14. http://www.digitalmediafx.com/News2001/September/091401.html. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 
  5. ^ a b Jackson, Blair (2002-07-02). "Men In Black 2". Mix. http://mixonline.com/sound4picture/film_tv/audio_men_black/. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  6. ^ "Men in Black II (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/men_in_black_ii/. Retrieved September 1, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Men in Black II Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/meninblackii. Retrieved September 1, 2009. 
  8. ^ Scott, A.O. (2002-07-03). "Men in Black II (2002) FILM REVIEW; Defending Earth, With Worms and a Talking Pug". The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?_r=1&res=9A06E4D61731F930A35754C0A9649C8B63. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  9. ^ Mahesh, Chitra (2002-08-02). ""Men in Black-II"". The Hindu. http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/fr/2002/08/02/stories/2002080200760200.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  10. ^ Evans, Noell Wolfgreen. "Digital Media FX Review of Men In Black 2". Digital Media FX. http://www.digitalmediafx.com/reviews/meninblack2.html. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  11. ^ "Movie Commentary: The Worm Guys made our list of best CG characters". Entertainment Weekly. 2002-08-26. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,344227,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Men In Black II: 2002". BoxOfficeMoJo.com. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=meninblack2.htm. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
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  14. ^ a b http://www.parade.com/celebrity/2008/09/personality-parade-stars-with-stubble
  15. ^ Morris, Clint (September 30, 2008). "Are the Men in Black, Back?". Moviehole. http://www.moviehole.net/200815836-are-the-men-in-black-back. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  16. ^ Davis, Erik (2009-04-01). "Sony Announces 'Men in Black 3'!". Cinematical. http://www.cinematical.com/2009/04/01/sony-announces-men-in-black-3/. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  17. ^ Morris, Clint (2009-10-30). "Cohen on Men in Black 3". Moviehole. http://www.moviehole.net/200921288-cohen-on-men-in-black-3. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  18. ^ Elfman, Mali (2009-04-01). "ShoWest: Sony to Make Another Men in Black Film". Screencrave. http://screencrave.com/2009-04-01/showest-sony-to-make-another-men-in-black-film/. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  19. ^ Clint, Morris (September 30, 2008). "Are the Men in Black, Back?". Moviehole. http://www.moviehole.net/200815836-are-the-men-in-black-back. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 

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Men In Black II is the 2002 sequel to the 1997 film. Directed by Barry Sonnefeld and written by Lowell Cunningham and Robert Gordon

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Agent J

  • Jeff, excuse my partner. He's new and he's [Jeff attacks T] kind of stupid.
  • [J has just saved a whole subway of passenagers from being eaten alive by Jeff, the giant worm-like alien, who chewed off a half of the subway train before retreating]
    [Neuralizes subway passengers]
    The City of New York would like to thank you for participating in our drill. Had this been an actual emergency, y'all woulda been eaten. 'Cause you don't listen. You ignorant. How a man gon' come bashin' thru a subway win-- That's the problem with all y'all New Yorkers. "Oh, we seen it all." "Oh no! A 600 ft. worm! Save us, Mr Black Man!" And I come in, I ask ya nice move to the next car! Y'all just sit there like...
    [Neuralizes subway passengers again]
    The City of New York would like to thank you for participating in our drill. We hope that you enjoyed our new, smaller, more energy-efficient subway cars. [walks off, neuralizing Capt. Lawrence Bridgewater, MTA in the process]
  • How about we do the good cop, dumb dog thing, and you just shut up?
  • Jeff, I am so not in a mood for you! Get back in the subway! Right now!
  • I will lay the smackdown on your candy ass! (In homage to The Rock)
  • Yeah, every Saturday night you'd be like, "Flush me J. Flush me." and I'd be like, "Naw."

Agent K

  • I never worked in a funeral home. Something I can do for you, Slick?
  • Get a mop, and escort all civilian personnel from this site immediately.

Serleena

  • Silly little planet. I could rule the place with the right set of mammary glands.

Laura

  • An hour ago, a man I've known my whole life vanished in front of my eyes because of a woman with things coming out of her fingers and a two-headed guy with the IQ of a cannoli. So yeah, everything's okay.
  • When we're kids, before we're taught how to think, or what to believe, our hearts tell us there is something else out there. I know what I saw. You tell me what I'm supposed to believe.

Miscellaneous

Frank the Pug: (upon seeing a dead man's skin only) Hey, J, zero percent body fat!
Worms: Once you've had worm, it's what you'll yearn!
Michael Jackson: I could be Agent M.
Grand Central Station Locker Creatures: K is back! The light keeper! All hail K! All hail K! Oh K can you see by the dawn's early light...
Jeebs: (head is growing back after J shot it off) Oh, great, right in the pie-hole! Now nothing's gonna taste right!
Doorman:(after J and K come to stop Serleena) About time you got back. That pretty lady in there is causing all kinds of hell.

Dialogue

Frank: You're back from outer space, I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face, I should have changed that stupid lock, I should have made you leave your key, so go on, go, walk out the door...
Agent J: Frank, get your head in the car before before I roll it up in there.
Frank: [Sits further away from the window] Got it! [Starts humming "I Will Survive" melody again, looking anxiously out the window]
Agent J: FRANK!!

MIB Customs Agent: Any fruit or vegetables?
Serleena: [motioning towards Scrad] Yeah, two heads of cabbage.

Zed: How'd it go?
Agent M: The door-locks are gone and the treaty is signed.
Zed: Good work.
Agent M: Zed? What about that position you promised me in Men In Black?
Zed: Still working on the Alien Affirmative Action Program, I'll keep you posted.
Agent M: Wait a minute, that's not what you promised me!
Zed: You're- you're breaking up!
Agent M: Zed? Hello? I can be Agent M!

Agent J: Wait, what are you doing?
Agent K: I always do the driving.
Agent J: Oh, no.
Agent K: I remember that.
Agent J: No, what you remember is that you used to drive that old busted joint. See, I drive... the new hotness.
[pointing at Kay]
Agent J: Old and busted.
[pointing at himself]
Agent J: New hotness.
[K looks at J for a second, then J hands the keys over]
Agent J: Old, busted hotness.

[about the driver-shaped airbag]
Agent K: Does that come standard?
Agent J: Actually it came with a black dude, but he kept getting pulled over.

Agent K: You didn't see a room full of weapons or four alien nightcrawlers. You will love and cherish each other for the rest of your lives.
Agent J: Which could be the next 27, 28 minutes, so get to the loving and cherishing. Oh, and she can stay up late as she wants and can have cookies, candy, and cakes and stuff.

Agent J: (J is hiding Laura at the Worms' place) Here's my communicator. You'll be safe here.
Worms: (Laura kisses Jay) Whooooh!
Agent J: Uh... just... watch out for Neeble.
Laura: Which one's Neeble?
Agent J: Um... err... which one o' y'all's Neeble?
Neeble: Yo, mama!
Agent J: Ah, there ya go. And... uh... don't fall asleep.
[Jay exits]
Worms: Twister!

Agent J: Didn't your mother give you a Gameboy!!??
Agent K: WHAT IS A GAMEBOY!!!!?

Agent K: When you get sad it always seems to rain.
Laura: Lots of people get sad when it rains!
Agent K: It rains because you're sad baby.

Agent J: So Laura is Princess Laurana's daughter. [turns to K] Did y'all...?
Agent K: MIB's a mess. Let's go.

(Jay finds the aliens in his locker)

Agent J: Kay, we got to take them out. Show them there's more life than that locker.
Agent K: *sighs* Still a rookie. *opens a door, showing that humans live in a locker and there are many more aliens outside the door*

Cast

Will Smith - Agent J
Tommy Lee Jones - Agent K/Kevin Brown
Rip Torn - Zed
Lara Flynn Boyle - Serleena
Johnny Knoxville - Scrad
Rosario Dawson - Laura
Tony Shalhoub - Jack Jeebs
Michael Jackson - Agent M

See Also

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