Kevin Smith directs Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson and Rosario Dawson in this indie comedy sequel where foul mouthed wage slaves Dante and Randall now work at a fast food chain after their New Jersey Quik Stop burns down.
It was always going to be sweet to check back in on the characters where it all began but it is fair to say the ViewAskew house style was starting to wear thin 12 years down the line. The message board banter lacks the eloquence and philosophy of Smith’s debut – it is still as filthy and mock challenging… sometimes just way too aimlessly. The best beats are pretty dialogue free; a dance lesson to the Jackson 5, Jay’s tribute to The Silence Of The Lambs, a blissful Go-Kart break, Jason Lee’s popped collar. Rosario Dawson is a notable boon to the cast. What this goddess sees in Dante Hicks is anyone’s guess? II definitely is bright and garish… stark contrast to its monochrome no budget progenitor. Redundant but silly, with a lotta heart. Roll on Numero III.
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