It’s interesting how often muscle-bound wrestling superstars start their acting careers in action movies, only to eventually realize they’re big clowns at heart too. Along with Dwayne Johnson and Dave Bautista, John Cena embarked on this career path and got his start in mediocre films like ” The Navy And 12 rounds before turning his inner stupidity into revealing comic effect train wreck, sisters And blockers, among other hits. The most recent example is holiday friends 2the 2021 Hulu comedy sequel, in which he proves once again that an imposing physique is no barrier to a laugh.
Because the odd couples out holiday friends Having become friends at the end of their most recent outing, writer-director Clay Tarver didn’t have much on hand when it came to conceiving this inconsequential part. Marcus (Lil Rel Howery) and Emily (Yvonne Orji) aren’t quite as uptight anymore, and they fully understand that Ron (Cena) and Kyla (Meredith Hagner), as wild and crazy as they may be, are basically good people. So what’s left to do but send the four friends on vacation again, but this time with a lot of action? It’s the same approach as Netflix Crime 2 and like the Adam Sander/Jennifer Aniston hit sequel, this one proves less entertaining. Turns out, gunfights and car chases aren’t all that amusing.
holiday friends 2
As inspired as the title.
Since the last film, Marcus and Emily have gotten married and are trying to have a baby. Ron and Kyla also got married and are taking their new baby on vacation to a resort in the Caribbean. Marcus has a secret plan for the trip: he wants to meet with the resort’s Korean owners and make a bid to build their new property in Chicago.
The process requires a weird wrench, of course, and that comes in the guise of Reese (Steve Buscemi), Kayla’s crime father who has just been released after serving ten years in San Quentin. Reese, whose approval the insecure Ron desperately seeks, also has a hidden agenda and ends up embroiling the four in a series of insane misadventures involving drug dealers and $5 million of their money that he stole.
Much of the predictable humor revolves around Marcus endlessly embarrassing himself while trying to impress his Korean hosts, such as when he tries to surf with disastrous results. Kyla’s constant lack of decency is another running gag – when Marcus and Emily tell her they want to get pregnant, she responds by yelling, “Fuck me in the ass, this is insane!”
A little of that goes a long way and is a sign of the uninspired humor that pervades the film. It’s only when our expectations are dashed that it can be really fun when, meeting with the Korean businessmen, Ron not only reveals his ability to speak Korean fluently, but also impeccably speaks and behaves, which amazes Marcus.
The four main actors show an undeniable chemistry that is right holiday friends 2 pleasantly captivating, if not hilarious. But it’s the addition of Buscemi that provides the real comic spark, as the veteran actor uses his polished personality of angry sarcasm to add some much-needed edginess to an otherwise dull happening. Supporting actor Carlos Santos, who returns from the first installment as Concierge Maurillo and here acts as Ron and Kyla’s hired babysitter, provides a few laughs, as does Ronny Chieng, who basically does the same badass comedic trick as in the horror film M3GAN. But their hard work isn’t enough to stop you wishing the main characters would stick to their abodes from now on.
Production: 20th Century Studios, Broken Road Productions
Cast: Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji, John Cena, Meredith Hagner, Steve Buscemi, Carlos Santos, Ronny Chieng
Director and Writer: Clay Tarver
Producers: Todd Garner, Stuart Better
Cameraman: Tim Suhrstedt
Production Designer: Martin Laing
Publisher: Tim Roche
Composer: Mark Mothersbaugh
Costume Designer: Virginia Johnson
Cast: Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera Hallman
Rated R, 1 hour 43 minutes