Ever since the leadership baton was officially passed from Captain Kirk (William Shatner) to Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), the pleasure-factor of the series has been dipping with each outing. What makes the new movie and its immediate predecessors seem a little dull are the yawn-inducing fights and the seen-it-all-before special effects.
This sequel to Analyze This, again directed by Harold Ramis, has almost all the same writers on board, along with many of the same tired jokes and some new tired ones too. Part 2 regurgitates and waters down many of the previous film’s successes, with a few new swings thrown in.
Most of the responsibility for this film’s entertainment lies with star Nick Cannon, whose confident swagger finds just the right balance between the script’s mediocre beats, the sweetness of a story about battling bands instead of gunslinger shootouts, and his character’s overly superior attitude.
This Cinderella story assures us that good and decent people will somehow manage to find each other and live happily ever after. It moves along in a well-oiled manner, theoretically buoyed by the charm of its stars (Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes) and the amusing antics of its supporting cast.