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Another 48 Hrs.

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

1990s action sequel has language, violence, some nudity.

Movie R 1990 95 minutes
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This sequel came about eight years after the original movie established Murphy as a major box-office draw. Another 48 Hrs. is another chance to spend time with an iconic double-act forged in the 1980s. While it can't suppress the talents of Murphy, or that of Nolte as his gravel-voiced, misanthropic police escort, the movie also can't hide the fact that it tells a jumbled and rushed story. Possibly because 30 minutes of material was cut shortly before its release to keep a runtime down to just over 90 minutes, much of the pair's pursuit of an elusive drug lord known as "The Iceman" happens without that much discussion of this feared villain.

Released in 1990, Another 48 Hrs. does tone down the racism of its predecessor, but also runs light on new ideas, with its retread of Murphy's show-stopping shut-down of a bar from the original recycled here with diminishing returns. It's worth noting that Murphy also had two instalments of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise under his belt before deciding to return to the harder-edged 48 Hrs. series, and even co-wrote the story here. But despite its commercial success upon release, Another 48 Hrs. plays like its makers ran out of time with this one.

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