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Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

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Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

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Christopher Landon

Writers:

Christopher Landon, Scott Lobdell (characters)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Rothe ... Tree Gelbman
Israel Broussard ... Carter Davis
Phi Vu ... Ryan Phan
Suraj Sharma ... Samar Ghosh
Sarah Yarkin ... Andrea 'Dre' Morgan
Rachel Matthews ... Danielle Bouseman
Ruby Modine ... Lori Spengler
Steve Zissis ... Dean Roger Bronson
Charles Aitken ... Gregory Butler
Laura Clifton ... Stephanie Butler
Missy Yager ... Julie Gelbman
Jason Bayle ... David Gelbman
Caleb Spillyards ... Tim Bauer
Jimmy Gonzales ... Police Officer
Peter Jaymes Jr. Peter Jaymes Jr. ... Police Officer
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Storyline

Having survived the farcical but utterly life-threatening events in Happy Death Day (2017), the feisty sorority sister, Tree Gelbman, finds herself in the same college dorm, thankful to be alive. However, this time, it's Carter's roommate, Ryan, who claims that he is reliving the same paradoxical day over and over again, as a mysterious paranoid killer in a single-toothed baby-faced mask with a big kitchen knife has made a habit of murdering him. Under those circumstances, a valiant but vain attempt to face the challenge, once more, will send Tree back to square one, trapped in an all too familiar and blood-drenched time loop. How many deaths separate Tree from a truly happy birthday? Written by Nick Riganas

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Death makes a killer comeback. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, language, sexual material and thematic elements. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Death Day 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,497,665, 15 February 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,051,045, 4 April 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,251,045, 7 April 2019
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ryan calls the device he invented "Sisyphus" (he and his friends call it "Sissy" for short). Sisyphus is character in Greek mythology. Like Tree, Sisyphus escaped Death's clutches, and as his punishment in the afterlife, he was forced to roll a boulder up a hill every day for eternity, only to have it roll away from him back down the hill before he could get to the top. The story of Sisyphus is superficially like that of Tree who must relive the same day again and again only to see something finally go wrong each time before she can get out of the time loop (until obviously, unlike Sisyphus, she manages to finish her task and get freed). See more »

Goofs

Tree decided to kill herself every day, rather than get killed by the murderer. However, the murderer was not after her (he sought to kill Tree in the first day because she witnesses Lori's murder). All Tree had to do is stay away from the hospital. She actually didn't know that the killer was only after Lori, and not her. See more »

Quotes

[at the motel, Tree's mother senses she is depressed]
Julie Gelbman: OK.
[Julie sighs, takes the remote control and lower the TV's volume, then she faces Tree]
Julie Gelbman: Just tell me one thing. Are you pregnant?
Tree Gelbman: [annoyed] What? No. Mom, I...
Julie Gelbman: Okay, sorry. I just had to ask.
Tree Gelbman: It's not like that.
Julie Gelbman: But it's a boy, isn't it?
Tree Gelbman: No. Yes. I don't know. It's complicated.
[Julie sits on the bed in front of Tree]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Mid-Credits scene. The five students are picking up trash when Government vehicles arrive to pick them up. They have acquired Ryan's SISSY device and recruit the team for research. First test subject brought into a time loop, Danielle. See more »

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Featured in The Month in Movies: February 2019 (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Hard Times
Written by Hayley Williams (as Hayley Nichole Williams) and Taylor York (as Taylor Benjamin York)
Performed by Paramore
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Not as good as the first film.
16 February 2019 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Seen the first film? Of course you have, but if it's not fresh in your mind there could well be moments in this follow up that'll seem a mite confusing. The whole new scientific explanation for the Groundhog Day phenomenon certainly takes a bit of following and a lot of swallowing: the convoluted time travel exposition covered in the first half of the film travels at breakneck speed and doesn't make a whole lot of sense. And let's not forget about the overall uneven tone, the film frequently veering from its horror roots into sci-fi and absurd comedy territory. It's quite a departure from the original, and to be quite frank I don't think that it was very successful.

A hot mess of a movie for the most part, the chaos that unfolds is reasonably fun for a while despite the preposterous story developments. Unfortunately, the repetitive nature of the plot eventually takes its toll, and the final act really labours the point, taking its merry time to wrap up proceedings in a not too tidy fashion. The cast are fine and do what they can with the material, but the slapdash script and seemingly random approach taken by director Christopher Landon ultimately makes for a disappointing sequel.

Still, Happy Death Day 2 U is so silly at times that I can see it gathering a cult following, even though, if truth be told, it's not all that good.


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