Beverly Hills Cop II
Reviewed by Arno Mikli
Rating: 5.5 Beans
f anyone ever tries to hold a contest for the worst sequel ever made, then this film must be included on the list of finalists.
It was the sequel for the smash hit film "Beverley Hills Cop". However, it fails very badly to live up to the expectations left behind by the original.
Most of the principal characters are back. Eddie Murphy is there, as foul-mouthed and coarse as ever as Axel Foley. So are John Ashton and Judge reinhold as his two Beverly Hills colleagues Taggart and Rosewood and Ronny Cox as their boss Andrew Bogomil.
But the way that they are depicted differs sharply from the way that they were portrayed in the original, to the level where we ask whether they are really the same people. For instance, Rosewood's character seems a lot sillier in this sequel. At one point we discovers that he likes to collect potplants and play music to them. "Everybody likes Mozart", he tells his bewildered colleagues. As for that constant repetition of "Billy, we got to have a talk" whenever Billy does something goofy, well, perhaps someone should have had a talk with the scriptwriter. It quickly gets tiring rather than funny.
One cameo appearance here, unnecessary it seems to this reviewer , is that of one Hugh M.Hefner. Can you guess what role he played? A morals crusader? A centrefold? Hamlet? A potplant that likes Mozart? No, he went for something more challenging than any of these - he played himself! Hugh shows up in this film at one point when the two main villains of the film take refuge in Hugh's Playboy mansion when they are being pursued by Axel and company. Axel duly follows them in, making the seemingly mandatory quota of off-colour remarks as he does so. Hugh is quick to kick them all out again, most promptly too. "And we appreciate it!" Hugh duly tells the head villain Maxwell Dent with real conviction when he protests that he contributes regularly to Playboy.
Other problems that this reviewer found was the confusing nature of the "alphabet crimes" that Dent and his mistress/chief flunky Karla Fry (Brigitte Nielson) are committing and the foul language which seems to be a standard Eddie Murphy trademark.
BHC 2 does try to recreate the humour,pace and excitement of its precedessor. One or two things even work - for instance, the Johnny Wishbone psychic scene (A full quote on this, by the way, can be found in the imdb). But there are ultimately far more misses than hits, and this film suffers accordingly.
And we appreciate it.
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