|Barry Sonnenfeld Director||previously directed Big Trouble|
Once again, Earth is being threatened by an alien, but this time it's a shape-shfter called Serleena. Agent J must get Agent K back from "retirement" in order to prevent Serleena from getting the "Light of Zartha".
The original pug from Men in Black (1997) was used to play Frank again, but since the pug was now seven years old, they used makeup to hide the gray fur around its nose.
MIB II is a sequel to MEN IN BLACK.
Zed, the Drolecks are gone and the treaty is signed.
Good work! [strarts to walk away]
Zed, what about that position you promised me in Men In Black?
Still working on the Alien Affirmative Action Program. I'll keep you posted.
Wait a minute! That's not what you promised me!
You're breaking up, can't hear you.
Zed! Hello? Zed?
I'll call you back... [walks away]
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I could be Agent M! Zed you-[hangs up, dial tone]
|Will Smith||Agent J|
|Tommy Lee Jones||Agent K|
|Rosario Dawson||Laura Vasquez|
|Lara Flynn Boyle||Serleena|
|Tony Shalhoub||Jack Jeebs|
|Patrick Warburton||Agent T|
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Men in Black II is both a sequel to Men in Black and loose adaptation of the comic book series Men in Black.
The movie opens with a Men in Black informational video disguised as a Twilight Zone-eque TV program (the Men in Black is a secret agency that monitors the secret population of aliens inhabiting Earth). In it, the narrator describes that a group of humanoid aliens entered Earth's atmosphere in the hopes of hiding a powerful solar device that could form a new star called the Light of Zartha. Another alien arrived on Earth to steal the device. The Men in Black discovered that the alien had the power to cause widespread destruction and that if the device was activated (or activated itself after thirty years) it would destroy the Earth. Therefore, they ordered the aliens to take their device and leave. Reluctantly, they complied, and Earth was safe.
The movie then cuts to present day with a shapeshifting alien known as Serleena arriving on Earth and discovers from a two-headed creature(s) named Scrad and Charlie that the Light is still on Earth. Serleena is the same alien that had wreaked havoc thirty years before and is furious she has been tricked. She finds another alien who might knows where the Light is, but when he refuses to respond to her torture, she murders.
Meanwhile, Agent J has been having trouble since Agent K retired and has been unable to find a suitable partner. He has been neuralyzing several of his recruits he has found unable to be a Men in Black, the most recent one after angering a rowdy worm-like creature in the New York subway system.
Zed--the Men in Black chairman--pairs J up with an alien, Frank, who on Earth is in the form of a pug. Frank is very excited to be a Man in Black, but annoys J very much. J and Frank interview a lady named Laura Vasquez who's lifelong friend was the alien murdered by Serleena in front of her. J decides to, despite protocol, let Laura keep her memory of the event (he hides this fact from Frank).
After explaining to Zed what Laura told him, Zed informs him that Serleena must think the Light is on Earth. If it is, it will go off soon and destroy the planet. If it isn't Serleena could still murder thousands looking for it. To discover what is going on, they must find the person who originally worked on the Light of Zartha case--J's mentor, Agent K. Unfortunately, Agent K remembers none of his history working for the agency and is working an ordinary job as chief of post office.
J and Frank go to K's post office and discover he is doing his job efficiently but without pleasure. J tells K that aliens live on Earth and are monitored by the Men in Black, then proves this by revealing that most of the post office workers are, in fact, aliens. J and Frank then escort K back to the Men in Black headquarters in New York City. K is hesitant to go, but complies when J tells him his wife left him because he kept looking for something else--that some part of him still was a Man in Black (K does punch J in the face for his impudence, though).
At headquarters, Zed tells J that K will be his partner again. He then tells J to go bring K to the basement where there is a deneuralizer (a device that returns memories eliminated with a neuralizer). Frank is at first disappointed to lose his role as a field agent, but Zed says he has an important job for him in his office.
While J and Zed are in the basement getting the deneuralizer started, Serleena, Scrad, and Charlie barge in and disable most of the guards. J and K just barely manage to escape, but there was no time for K to get deneuralized. Zed is held prisoner by Serleena, but Frank hides in the corner. Serleena releases a group of alien convicts held at the agency and tells them to find K and bring him to her.
J tells K that low-level smuggler Jack Jeebs has an illegal deneuralizer in his pawn shop. They arrive at the shop, but Jack is reluctant to help K, who he hates very much. After J threatens to put Jack away for life due to his illegal activities, Jack deneuralizes K. While K is still in shock, the group of aliens sent by Serleena attack. However, once K regains his senses (with his memories), J and K (with Jack's help) manage to disable all of them.
K says that years ago he eliminated from his memory several important events related to the Light of Zartha case, but left clues to find them. The clues lead J and K to believe Laura Vasquez is related to the case. They then steal an important piece of technology hidden in a Grand Central Station locker inhabited by miniscule aliens. Serleena discovers this too, though, and has her henchmen kidnap Laura, who is wearing the Bracelet. J and K then team up with worm-like aliens conveniently called the Worm Guys to break into the agency and free Laura. Thus follows a lengthy battle at the agency, which culminates with J, K, Frank, and Laura fleeing in a small UFO. Serleena pursues in a larger vehicle, and they fly around the city. Just as the four heroes are about to be murdered, J flies into the subway and aggravates Jeff, the giant worm from the beginning of the film. Serleena's spaceship is eaten and destroyed, but Serleena eventually manages to destroy Jeff from the inside.
At the top of a skyscraper, K regains the memory that he had fallen in love with the original alien carrying the Light of Zartha. He had agreed to help her and hide it on Earth (though he lied to the Men in Black about what happened). He then says he believes Laura is the daughter of this alien. Laura is unaware of this, but K tells her that she somewhere deep inside knew that there was more to the universe (in a speech reminiscent of the one J gave to K when they first re-met). Serleena attacks and tries to steel the bracelet and kill Laura. K then says that Laura must activate the bracelet, which is the Light of Zartha, and then sacrifice herself to the portal it creates. J at first says she shouldn't, since he loves Laura. Eventually, though, Laura agrees to do it, admitting that deep inside she always knew there was more to her life. Once she enters the portal she becomes a different form of life and vanishes. The ensuing explosion kills Serleena, but Frank, J, and K survive.
A few days later, Zed, K, J, and Frank gather in an office discussing the events. K says he had the miniscule aliens locker transferred to the Men in Black headquarters. J says they should tell them they are part of a bigger universe, but K says they can't handle it yet. As J argues the point, he opens a door and discovers Earth's universe is part of a huge locker in an interuniversal train station.
Men in Black II received a mixed response from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, 39% of the reviews were positive, which falls into the category "Rotten." On Metacritic, the film earned a 49, which falls into the categories "Yellow" and "Mixed Reviews." The scores of the reviews varied greatly--11 were positive, 21 were mixed, and 5 were negative.
Despite some negative response from a few viewers (it got a low IMDB score of 5.8), Men in Black II was a huge hit commercially. It opened to an enormous $52 million weekend gross in the US and ended up making $190 million in that country. Foreign grosses were high as well--the film earned an additional $251 million from these markets. However, its total gross was over $100 million less than its predecessors, even when ignoring ticket price inflation.
Due to the popularity of the franchise and commercial success, distributor Sony/Columbia wanted to make a sequel, though the decrease in profits from the first to the second led to some hesitations.. The project ended up being delayed for several years. The third entry in the series (Men in Black III) eventually came, though: In 2012, ten years after Men in Black II and fifteen years after the original Men in Black.