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Movie review

'Scooby-Doo 2' plays dead

Published March 29, 2004

Billy Norris
Read the reviews by Xpress Film Critic Billy Norris

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Rating: PG for some scary action, rude humor and language

Summary: Those meddling "kids" of Mystery Inc. are being honored with a museum exhibit that showcases all the "monsters" they have revealed and brought to justice over the years. In the midst of the celebration, a major problem arises with a new monster that seems to have the power to unleash all the previous monsters. This wreaks havoc on Coolville and makes the heroes of Mystery Inc. look anything but heroic.

My View: I thought 2002's Scooby-Doo had a few redeeming qualities. The casting, particularly Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, captured the essence of the cartoon TV series that began in 1969. The same crew returns for this one, with some reinforcements: Seth Green, Peter Boyle and Alicia Silverstone. But that's not enough to save this sequel, which is a mess. This film makes a good case for outlawing sequels. It is flat-out terrible. You can count the intentionally funny moments on one hand. Not even the generally easy-to-please little ones seemed enthusiastic. It took a gaseous release by Scooby to get a rise out of them. A cameo at the end by American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is unintentionally hilarious. It is a totally misplaced use of his talents. He deserves better.

Recommendations: None.

Grade: F. Scooby don't.

Billy Norris, 16, is in 10th grade at Seminole High School and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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