Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

I can’t really make up my mind about “Happy Death Day 2U.” On the one hand, it weirdly undoes a lot of the first movie’s events (even including the fate of the first movie’s killer), and has a habit of changing tones at whiplash speed, which makes the whole thing rather uneven. It leads to several scenes that seem to come from a different movie altogether, and the movie alternately feels like “Scream” by way of an episode of “Community.” Ultimately though, none of it matters all that much: You eventually just kinda lean into it, because the cast is terrific and blessed with great comedic timing (in particular lead Jessica Rothe), and you can practically feel so much enthusiasm from just about everybody, both on-screen and off. So, if you accept that you won’t need to think once and you can just have fun with it, it’ll hit the spot.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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