Director: Jon M. Chu. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Lizzy Caplan, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine. 129 min. Rated PG-13. USA/China/UK/Canada. Thriller/Comedy.
Maybe because the incredibly fun original NYSM deservedly didn't take itself too seriously that I don't remember its story details. But whatever the reason, the sequel's dependence on the original's story is a mistake. Adding nonsensical mystery (why'd the old Chinese lady hide her knowledge of English?), another mistake. Replacing the dominating Isla Fisher with a cuckoo Lizzy Caplan in the sequel, and making Harry Potter a pseudo-psycho villain, more mistakes. We're left with a nicely choreographed mid-movie card heist sequence, and again a perfectly uplifting soundtrack, which just aren't enough to make this a memorable sequel.