City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold
On Mitch Robbins 40th birthday begins quite well until he returns home and finds his brother Glen, the black sheep of the family, in his sofa. Nevertheless he is about to have a wonderful birthday-night with his wife when he discovers a treasure map of Curly by chance. Together with Phil and unfortunately with Glen he tries to find the hidden gold of Curly's father in the desert of Arizona.
Lacking the heart and adventure of the original, City Slickers II does have it's moment and isn't horrible but just doesn't do much to entertain. Still, the references to The Godfather are hilarious.
Sequels often get a bad rap but I don't understand why this movie is so hated. I love Jon Lovitz's character (especially how he's obsessed with the Godfather II) and the treasure hunting angle. Sure some of the jokes are repeated from the first movie but I actually enjoyed the callbacks. The way Jack Palance was brought back has also been criticized but I had no problem suspending my disbelief. It's a wacky little lighthearted comedy not Citizen Kane.
Two is one City Slickers film too many.
For some reason I always enjoyed this one more than the original. A lot cornier now then when I remember watching it when I was younger, but still fun.
As someone who didn’t think the first City Slickers was that remarkable, the sequel doesn’t seem like as much of a disappointment as it might have. It’s definitely a lesser movie, relying more on wacky comedy, but there are points in its favor. In particular, I appreciated that the film takes pains to make sure Billy Crystal’s character Mitch doesn’t have the same problems as he does in the first movie, and there are only one or two jokes that directly reference the original. The problem with the movie is just that the hunt for gold is essentially selfish, whereas the original movie, as manipulative as it could be, had plenty of moments that were about more. There’s also no…