Men in Black II

July 3rd, 2002


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Frank the Pug (Mushu) returns as an MIB agent(L. to R.) Agent Jay (Will Smith) and his partner Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) return as members of the highly funded government organization that polices and monitors extra-terrestrial activity on planet EarthTommy Lee Jones stars as former Agent Kay who has returned to the comforts of civilian life(L. to R.) Agent Jay (Will Smith), Laura Vasquez (Rosario Dawson) & Agent Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) head out to save the galaxy from a sinister seductressTommy Lee Jones stars as Agent KayLara Flynn Boyle stars as Serleena, an evil Kylothian monster

Agent J needs help so he is sent to find Agent K and restore his memory.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 5.7/10 (100,551 voted)

Critic's Score: 49/100

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rip Torn

For Agent J, it is another day at the office, monitoring, licensing and policing all alien activity on Earth. One day, J receives a report of an unauthorized landing of an alien spacecraft near New York. It is an old enemy of MIB, a Kylothian named Surleena. Who is searching for a powerful artifact called The Light of Zartha. J investigates and quickly realizes he is going to need help. Unfortunately, the other MIB agents do not work up to par like J can. So, J decides to bring back K. J must bring back K's memory as an MIB agent and try to stop Surleena, before she can succeed.

Writers: Lowell Cunningham, Robert Gordon

Tommy Lee Jones - Kevin Brown, Agent Kay
Will Smith - Agent Jay
Rip Torn - Zed
Lara Flynn Boyle - Serleena
Johnny Knoxville - Scrad / Charlie
Rosario Dawson - Laura Vasquez
Tony Shalhoub - Jack Jeebs
Patrick Warburton - Agent T
Jack Kehler - Ben
David Cross - Newton
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine - Hailey (as Colombe Jacobsen)
Peter Spellos - Captain Larry Bridgewater, The Motorman
Michael Rivkin - Man with Harvey, the Dog
Michael Bailey Smith - Creepy
Lenny Venito - New York Guy

Taglines: This Summer, They're Back in Black.


Official Website: Columbia [United States] - info,trailer (Flash) | Sony website [United States] trailers |

Release Date: 3 July 2002

Filming Locations: American Museum of Natural History - Central Park West and 79th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $140,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $52,148,751 (USA) (7 July 2002) (3557 Screens)

Gross: $235,200,000 (Worldwide) (22 September 2002) (except USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Tony Shalhoub plays Jack Jeebs in this film, as well as in few episodes of Men in Black: The Series and in Men in Black.

Continuity: When the giant worm eats Serleena's flying ship in the subway, J is driving, but when they land on the rooftop K is driving.

[first lines]
Mysteries in History Narrator: Mysteries in History with your host, Peter Graves!
Peter Graves: Although no one has ever been able to prove their existence, a quasi-government agency known as the Men in Black supposedly carries out secret operations here on Earth in order to keep us safe from aliens throughout the galaxies. Here is one of their stories that never happened, from one of their files that doesn't exist...

User Review

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`Originality,' is, almost by definition, a one-time thing. In 1997, the original `Men in Black' struck a nerve with movie audiences by showing that even a big budget blockbuster, heavily loaded down with state-of-the-art, computer-generated special effects, could still manage to seem light on its feet. The makers of that film pulled off this feat of gravitational legerdemain by coming up with a concept and a script overflowing with creativity, wit, imagination and a cachet of `hipness' to go along with its tone of anarchic playfulness.

Well, five years have passed and we now have `Men in Black II' to confirm what most of us suspected all along: that works that rely on `uniqueness' as their prime selling point are rarely ever able to duplicate their success a second time around. Five years can be a lifetime in pop culture and what seemed `cool' one summer can appear decidedly `old hat' the next. Without that aura of cutting edge newness that defined the original, `Men in Black II' seems like just another loud, over-the-top summertime blockbuster.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back playing Jay and Kay, agents for the government's top secret organization whose job it is to monitor the activities of the thousands of aliens who have secretly infiltrated earth's societies and to help protect the planet from any possible threat from interstellar space. Smith and Jones still appear to be quite comfortable in their roles and they are aided by Lara Flynn Boyle, as Serleena, the baddest alien this side of Darth Vader, and Rip Torn, delightful as Zed, the slightly cracked head of the Men in Black agency.

Although the special effects in this film are, as one would expect in this day and age, astonishing and virtually seamless, the same can definitely NOT be said for the film's screenplay. The story moves along at a fairly fast clip, but it rarely makes us laugh. In fact, the script comes across as undisciplined nonsense, lacking both logic and coherence. Unlike in the earlier film, we get the sense that literally everything here has been placed at the service of the special effects. There's an awful lot of running and bouncing around but rarely to any point or purpose. Indeed, we end up feeling at the end somehow more exhausted and drained than exhilarated and euphoric. It would appear that director Barry Sonnenfeld thought that if he could just keep the thing MOVING we wouldn't notice that he had nothing new to offer in this retread. It doesn't work. In fact, if `Men in Black II' shows us anything, it is that just because something MOVES doesn't mean that it can't bore us at the same time.