In the continuing saga of Hollywood trying to recycle old hits (it
worked with the Godfather trilogy didn't it - they made zillions from
them), we now have CITY SLICKERS II, subtitled THE LEGEND OF CURLEY'S
GOLD. Rather than a cattle drive, this time we have Crystal coping
with another mid-life crisis (the big four-oh) by searching for buried
Almost all of the actors (Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Jack
Palance, and Patricia Wettig) are back, but we have a different
director (Paul Weiland rather than Ron Underwood), and it shows. He
has Crystal playing it too reserved. I would have preferred any of
Crystal's 10 minute Academy Award opening monologues for this movie.
Yes, there are funny scenes. The ongoing joke about the
possibility of being bitten on the rear by a rattlesnake is the best.
Between the funny scenes is a fair amount of boredom.
The worst part of the show is Crystal's kid brother played by Jon
Lovitz. Most scenes with him in them are close to unwatchable.
Patricia Wettig (whom I LOVED in "thirtysomething") is wasted here as
she was in the original for that matter. Wish some producer would
Don't get me wrong, I did laugh many times, but they dragged the
story out too much. It was 1:56 long, but there was not enough
material here for even an hour and a half. The same writers as in CITY
SLICKERS, Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz, and Babaloo Mandel, devised a
clever plot, but the script itself, although it had a great ending, was
slow going. CITY SLICKERS II is similar in quality to the other
retread on the market now, BEVERLY HILLS COP 3, but BHC 3 has bigger
laughs yet with even more boring parts in between.
CITY SLICKERS II gets * 1/2 from me, and I suggest you pass it by.
It is rated PG-13 and would be fine for teenagers if they have to see
Copyright © 1995 Steve Rhodes