City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994)

Genres - Action, Comedy, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Comedy, Road Movie  |   Release Date - Jun 10, 1994 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 116 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Suffering from a severe case of sequel-itis, this follow-up to the Oscar-winning City Slickers (1991) plays like a television skit -- amusing, where the first film was touching, heartfelt, and original. The mix of elements tells viewers all they need to know about this premise-milking scheme. Conveniently, since the first film's Curly (Jack Palance) is dead, he turns out to have a twin brother who is also his carbon copy in personality, temperament, outlook, and general level of education -- ho-hum. Since the mid-life crises of Mitch (Billy Crystal) were resolved with the first film, a need must be created to get him into the wilds once again, so The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) is ripped off and it's learned that there's gold in them thar hills -- yawn. It all adds up to a measly handful of chortles, mostly provided by the film's one new ingredient, comedian Jon Lovitz filling the empty shoes of the wisely M.I.A. Bruno Kirby. Its predecessor was all about character development and genuine human growth, but City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold is just about a bunch of guys trying to get rich: namely, the studio heads.