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The Gods Must Be Crazy II

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Charming sequel retains madcap whimsy of family classic.

Movie PG 1990 109 minutes
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THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY II follows the same formula as the first movie, and while it's not exactly original, everything that worked the first time is just as charming here. N!xau is a delight, again, as the bushman who can't fathom what these city folks are doing so far out in the bush, and clearly so far out of their element. The poachers and the soldiers are just as buffoonish, making them easy targets for the film's broad comedy and easily fooled by a bushman who knows how to read the hidden language of the natural world.

Director Jamie Uys, who also helmed the original film, is essentially retelling the same story, but he knows how well it worked the first time around and understands how to press the same buttons. The result is a delightfully absurd tale that pokes fun at the modern world and makes it clear that traditional education may be useful in big city, but isn't much good when trying to understand the parts of the world that have yet to be tamed by man.

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