STARRING: Zach Gallighan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky, Robert Picardo, Christopher Lee

1990, 105 Minutes, Directed by: Joe Dante

Description: Billy Peltzer and Kate Beringer move to New York City and meet up with their Mogwai friend, Gizmo, when a series of accidents creates a new generation of diverse gremlins. Billy, Kate, and Gizmo must once again use all their experience to prevent another catastrophe.

This film suffers from the Last Action Hero school of self-conscious film-making. Most of the film consists of post-modern shenanigans in which the audience is made aware of the fact that they are watching a movie and a bunch of in-jokes, which effectiveness depends on whether you have seen the first Gremlins film and actually remember it.

How can one take a movie serious that doesn't take itself serious? The problem is that we don't need Hollywood to do that for us - or are audiences really as thick as they make us out to be?



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