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Gazette Premium Content MOVIE REVIEW: 'Haunted House 2' is too much of a bad thing

By Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune - Updated: April 17, 2014 at 11:53 am

Starring Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias, Cedric the Entertainer; directed by Marlon Wayans; 87 minutes; R for crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violent images; C-

Imagine a Venn diagram charting three qualities: silly, gross and dumb. At the point where they overlap, you will find the fright film spoof "A Haunted House 2," a scattershot, anything-goes affair that's unapologetically stupid. Proudly stupid. Aggressively stupid.

The film is writer/star Marlon Wayans' take on suburban ghost stories. Putting himself at the center of that usually lily-white genre gives him a target-rich environment for broad, politically incorrect satire. This film features upwardly mobile Wayans and his new girlfriend (Jaime Pressly) and her two teenagers settling into a home strewn with supernatural stumbling blocks, responded to with bawdy humor. Unfortunately, the jokes don't work in repetition.

The script recycles clich? rather than inventing novel twists. And the jokes aren't just painted in broad strokes, they're applied with a roller.

Colin Covert, Star Tribune

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