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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

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Christopher Landon, Scott Lobdell (based on characters created by)
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'Happy Death Day 2U' Stars Tease Trilogy Plans

Happy Death Day 2U stars Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard talk switching genres and reveal details of the third film in their cult series.

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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. ... 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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Same Day, New Killer. 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, 17 February 2019

Gross USA:

$28,051,045

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,503,067
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Dolby Digital (as dolby surround 5.1)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ryan mentioned that Sissy first activated at 12:01am. This is a reference to the 1993 film 12:01 in which a man relives the same day, while also trying to prevent a murder. See more »

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When the team is plotting and looking over floor plans toward the end (to steal a reactor), in the upper right corner something small, gray, fluffy like feathers or a wind-screen appear for a second. See more »

Quotes

Tree Gelbman: When were you gonna tell me?
Carter Davis: Tell you what?
Tree Gelbman: About Danielle.
Carter Davis: [puzzled] What about Danielle?
Tree Gelbman: Apparently you guys are dating.
Carter Davis: Wait, I thought... I thought you knew that. I mean, you guys live in the same house.
Tree Gelbman: Uh, no, I definitely didn't know. But the bigger question is: does she know?
Carter Davis: Does she know what?
Tree Gelbman: One of her closest friends woke up in your bed this morning. You don't think that that's newsworthy?
Carter Davis: [scoffs] Nothing happened. I slept in Ryan's bed last night.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The first short section of the opening credits is played over various angles and shots of the time distortion device. See more »

Connections

References Inception (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Beautiful
Written by James Blunt, Amanda Ghost, Sacha Skarbek
Performed by James Blunt
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. / Warner Music UK Ltd
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Sometimes it's better not knowing how the sausage is made...
14 February 2019 | by KingKongKyleSee all my reviews

Sometimes it's better not knowing how the sausage is made. The first Happy Death Day was a fun little slasher flick that never took itself too seriously and was thoroughly entertaining for what it was. The sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, tried to provide explanation to the phenomenon that befell Tree in the first film. It all involves a science project gone wrong and a bunch of time-looping sci-fi mumbo jumbo that isn't nearly as smart as the movie thinks it is. This should be a franchise where you can just turn your brain off and have a good time. Instead, 2U wants the audience to think. That's the big mistake. Most of the "science" stuff makes little to no sense, and making us think about it only makes us realize how convoluted a mess this story is. I won't even get into the eye-roll worthy plot conveniences that have to exist for the film to even move forward in some spots.

Another issue is this isn't a horror movie. There may be a couple short scenes that lend themselves to horror, but this is much more so a sci-fi story, a far cry from what we started with in the first movie. Also, the movie reaches a satisfying ending place, but then decides to not end there and throws in a ridiculous "heist" movie at the end. Why not? We're already watching a horror-comedy-scifi-romcom?

Now, it's not all bad. The movie does keep moving at a steady pace and most of the characters are entertaining (even if they aren't particularly engaging). The sub-plot about Tree's mom feels genuinely heart-felt and gives the movie a little emotional weight. There's plenty of decent laughs throughout. And, as in the first film, Jessica Rothe seems to be having a ball in the lead role. There's also a mid-credits scene to suggest we're gonna expand this universe even more. And while I'll welcome a third movie in this fun franchise, I wish the writers would understand that more isn't necessarily better. Sometimes keeping it simple is best. 6/10


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