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Men in Black II (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: July 2, 2002
CAP Score: 40
CAP Influence Density: 1.36
MEN IN BLACK II (PG-13) -- ...contains nudity rarely seen even in R-rated features.
Production: Amblin Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation
Distribution: Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Barry Sonnenfeld
Producer(s): Stephanie Kemp, Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Steven Spielberg
Written by/Screenplay: Lowell Cunningham (comic book), Robert Gordon (story), Robert Gordon , (screenplay), Barry Fanaro (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: Greg Gardiner
Music: Danny Elfman, Will Smith (song)
Film Editing: Richard Pearson, Steven Weisberg
Casting: Ronna Kress
Production Design: Bo Welch
Art Direction: Alec Hammond, Sean Haworth, Thomas P. Wilkins, Michael Wylie
Men in Black II contains nudity rarely seen even in R-rated features. The R-rated Van Wilder is the only one of most of 600 movies I've seen that presents what MIB-II does. It presents an alien with a full human scrotum under its chin. The level of detail leaves absolutely no doubt it is there to present unprecedented nudity to younger and younger children every year. There is more toilet and crude ignominy in MIB-II but none as vulgar as that. And your 13 year old and younger daughters will see it if you let them watch Men in Black II [Luke 17:2].
In addition to the precedent-setting nudity, Men in Black II was a big disappointment. Veteran actors Tommy Lee Jones (who played K) and Will Smith (who played J) did what they could with what they had to work with. They worked together as smoothly as they did in Men in Black (1997). But as far as a plot is concerned, it seemed to be empty and "kindergarten."
Jeff, a rather large worm from anothe rplanet, decides to react a little hostile when J's partner, T (Patrick Warburton) kicked one of his flowers around. Jeff had pushed a flower of his up through the sidewalk grating, which he has been scolded about time and time again, and T kicked it a couple times. J warned T two or three times but T kept acting the big boss. Jeff showed T just how big he was. And in the process, Jeff proceeds to eat a subway car, nibbling along the way to 85 passengers. After Jeff knocks J around a little, J busts into the end subway car warning all passengers to move to the front. It was not until Jeff took a couple bites out of the rear of the subway car that the people started to listen to J. With the help of one of the silvery peacemakers MiB uses, J reasoned with Jeff to humble himself.
Realizing the purpose of T for being on the MiB force was not the best, J neuralizes T and reports back to MiB for a new partner. J gets Frank ... a talking/singing, insufferable dog. While all this is going on, Serleena (Lara Flynn Boyle) lands on Earth, eats a would be attacker and proceeds with her mission -- to find the Light of Zartha. In Serleena's path, she leaves the skin of a shop proprietor for whom Rita (Rosario Dawson) worked. J becomes smitten with Rita and refuses to neuralize her.
Back at MiB, Zed (Rip Torn) finds that to defeat Serleena, MiB needs the knowledge of K who has been neuralized and a postmaster for five years. So, J and Frank trip to K and try to convince him 1) that he is an ex-MiB agent and 2) to come back with them to defeat the evil Serleena. Convinced of his history by the aliens K has been working with for five years not knowing they are aliens, J and K report to the deneuralizer to recapture K's knowledge. Foiled by some botched maneuver, K and J meet with Jeebs (Tony Shalhoub) to use his deneuralizer. After a couple of Jeebs heads are blasted into goo, Jeebs agrees to set K in the chair of his make-shift contraption that looks more like a plumbing nightmare than a sophisticated piece of equipment.
With K's memory restored, fur flies as they fight Serleena and a myriad of other critters to get the Light of Zartha and keep it from Serleena. But I will stop spoiling the story line here just in case you want to watch what I subjectively call a piece of celluloid trash because of the vulgar content of it.
Though paled in comparison to the vulgarity of the human scrotum on the alien critter [**], other issues of programming might be of concern to mom/dad. Repeated dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, an adult repeatedly exposing herself in "Fredericks of Hollywood" underwear and another vulgar looking appendage (which I will not describe) on another alien give definition to the direction of the MiB "series." The usual PG-13 sex talk, comments and innuendo are there as well. [Ps. 12:8] In terms of violence, action violence, a threat with a knife to the neck of a woman and a human being eaten by an alien with another trying to eat many add to the invasion of this movie into the senses of the impressionable. [Prov. 3:31-32] Murder is also part of the MiB fare, the murder of a human-looking alien by another alien was particularly acidic largely due to the nihilistic attitude of the assailant. [Prov. 28:17] There's more but I will leave the complete listing to the Findings/Scoring section.
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** "Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation. For example, Ezek. 16:36 "Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers,..." thus associating wanton nakedness with ill repute.
*******Food for Daily Thought*******
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Offense to God (O)(2):
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