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Second time around,

'Summer' slashes itself.

By Matthew Barrett
Daily Arts Writer ,
"I'm the king of the world!!"
Yes, audiences who thought they
had heard the last of this immortal line
are in for a real treat with the slasher
sequel "I Still Know What You Did
Last Summer." Stop, Leonardo is not
in the movie. This time it's two new
characters who playfully call out the

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line as they throw
their arms in the
air en route to the
Bahamas. The
stupidity of this
scene and the rip-
ping off of one of
the most
overused lines in
movie history
gives audiences a
pretty good idea
of the level on
which the movie
will be operating.
This unneeded
sequel combines

Phifer (Tyrell). Still haunted by the
fact that she may have killed a man,
Ben Willis, the past summer, Julie has
spooky nightmares and lives in con-
stant fear that the he just might not be
dead. She stumbles through her life,
sure that the evil Ben Willis is only a
step away.
As luck would have it, Karla wins a
free vacation to the Bahamas where it
seems Julie will finally get a chance to
get her groove back. Unfortunately, the
luck runs dry when the gang reaches
the heavenly island. Whoever set up
this dream vacation wasn't in on the
fact that hurricane season starts on the
day that the lucky winners arrive. The
rain picks up and soon the characters
realize they're not alone on this island.
As they wait for the weather to clear,
minor characters start getting hooked
(the killer's weapon of choice), leaving
the gang trapped with one very angry
Ben Willis. The plot thickens.
For all the time in the lime that
Jennifer Love Hewitt gets onscreen,
she adds nothing to the movie. The
mopey, down-in-the-dumps character
of Julie is very annoying, and it would
be a clear sign of some higher power if
she would really die in one of these
movies (more on this later). Julie bums
around until her big shouting moment
"You want me? Come and get me. I'm
not dying on this island!" after which
she decides to play tough with old Ben.
A perfect contrast to the somber
Julie is her best friend Karla, the
spunky kick-boxer. Brandy shows no
real acting talent and despite her
booming music career she is not
involved in either of the flick's two
sing-along sequences.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brandy, and Jennifer Esposito are forced to watch three episodes of "Moesha," back to back to back.

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Hewitt as the tortured Julie James and
Freddie Prinze, Jr. as her former
boyfriend Ray, with some new blood in
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Mekhi Phifer, striking in Spike Lee's
"Clockers," is a talented actor who has
absolutely nothing to work with in the
role of Tyrell. Why he accepted this
part is something that will forever
remain a mystery, right up there with
why this film was ever made.
Although his character is nothing
more than the beefy boyfriend,
Freddie Prinze, Jr. provides the pic-
ture's lone highlight when his charac-
ter Ray passes the time on a late night
trip by singing Whitesnake. Hearing
the actor sing his heart out to the clas-
sic lyrics of "Here I Go Again"
ensures the fact that everyone in the

audience will smile at least once dur-
ing the movie.
The film's story is a joke, and much
of this can be attributed to the fact that
Kevin Williamson, scribe of "Scream"
and "I Know What You Did Last
Summer," didn't write the script.
Although not known for his character
development, Williamson can usually
be counted on to fill a movie with
laughs and a slew of hip, pop culture
references. Here, the hip reference is
the most known line of dialogue from
"Titanic." So sly.
The strangest and most irritating
thing about the two movies in the

series is what happens to the Julie
James character at the end of the
films. One of the only high points o
the first installment was when tlW
makers implied her death at the end
of the movie. Here, they get around
that problem by explaining that Julie
has a lot of dreams where Ben Willis
is chasing her. Without giving too
much away, another ridiculous end-
ing leaves audiences angry, annoyed
and wondering what has become of
the horror genre. This is the perfect
cap to a horrendous movie which
should be hooked straight out of the
aters by an embarrassed Ben Willis.

Comedy group returned with biting laughs

By Jeff Druchniak
Daily Arts Writer
This weekend, the Comedy Company brought its
game to the Michigan Union. The occasion was its

Deadpan
on Campus
Michigan U-Club
Nov. 13, 1998

annual fall show - the first of
the academic calendar year. The
group has made some changes: it
features six new cast members
and former cast member Erica
Hermatz has become the new
producer. The changes don't
seem to have resulted in any sig-
nificant internal injuries.
The show, "Deadpan on
Campus," played Friday and
Saturday night at the Union's U-
Club, and the intimate setting was
a good one for the Comedy
Company's bent sketch comedy.
The crowded house was in a

The show started about 15 minutes late, but one could
keep themself occupied by reading the demented pro-
gram the organizers handed out. The format was an edi-
tion of The Michigan Daily on a day when the entire
staff had smoked banana peels. The program also man-
aged to work in a couple of cast biographies and a list of
sketches, but was very incidental.
The most inspired idea for a sketch was "Wag the
God"Assistant head writer Amol Parulekar was respon-
sible for this travesty of the President's recent problems,
in which God is investigated by the special prosecutor
for an alleged improper relationship with the Virgin
Mary. Absolutely everyone was lambasted in this satire,
which kept taking more and more demented twists until
the very end.
Another highlight was an original uncredited short
film, apparently just filling time so that the cast could
change clothes, but actually a wicked takeoff on the
recent MasterCard ad campaign. The macabre tale of a
murderer using his MasterCard to conceal his crime was
all the funnier for its initial obscurity and the sudden
dawning of recognition it inspired.

One standout among the cast members was
Christopher Wilson, who had a double whammy of
scene stealers. First he played a beer-swilling, shoddily
togaed God who emerged from reclusion to testis
before Congress with a barrage of incoherent dou-
bletalk. He then followed up by playing Winnie the Pooh
as a dimwitted hunny junkie who is dismayed when his
show is forcibly invaded and his usual companion is
replaced by a Christopher Walken impersonator, direct
from the ninth circle of hell. "I want Christopher Robin
back,' Wilson lamented.
Another talented cast member (one who was unfortu-
nately under-used) was Aric Mutchnick, who received
laughs as God's chicken-fried press secretary, St.
Johnnie. Afterwards, Mutchnick mostly contented him-
self by contorting his face into beady-eyed lunat*
expressions, despite being restricted to smaller parts.
As usual, the show finished up with the Comedy
Company's interactive improvisational routines, which
aggressively showcased the members' undeniable talent.
The Comedy Company's next performances will be at
the U-Club on January 29 and 30.

mood to enjoy themselves, and the performers estab-
lished a rapport early on with their audience.

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