Film / Men in Black II

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Men in Black II (stylized MIIB) is a 2002 American science fiction action comedy film starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The film is a sequel to the 1997 film Men in Black and was followed by Men in Black 3, released in 2012.

With K officially retired (with his memory wiped and civilian identity restored) J has been working overtime as the top field agent of MiB. A powerful and malevolent alien named Serleena returns to Earth looking for "The Light of Zartha," which is tied to a case K was involved with back in the 70's. To get the information they need, they reinstate K and get back to business.

Although it was somewhat well-received, it was considered a case of "more of the same" sequelitis. Much like the first movie, Will Smith released a tie-in music video entitled "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)".


This film provides examples of:

  • 30-Second Blackout: When J has to use Jeeb's illegal deneuralyzer to make K remember, a big part of NYC has a blackout because of it.
  • Adam Westing: Michael Jackson desperately wants to be an Agent.
  • Anal Probing: Sci-Fi nerd Newton, upon finding out what J and K actually do, raises the question, "What's up with anal probing?" J isn't having any of it.
    J: BOY, MOVE.
  • Apathetic Citizens: J is thrown through the window of a New York subway train shortly after attempting to sedate Jeffrey with a tranquilizer and immediately starts shouting at everyone to evacuate to the next car. The passengers ignore him until Jeffrey bites a chunk off the car. Once the crisis is resolved and the train limps to a stop in the station, he neuralyzes them and starts chewing them out about this by pointing out that in an actual emergency, they would have been eaten. He then reneuralyzes them once he realizes that he's carried on for far too long, now with a hilarious story requesting that they enjoy using new space-efficient, energy-saving cars.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Serleena murders Ben after he refuses to divulge the location of the Light of Zartha. She also steals some of the pizza from his restaurant.
  • Ascended Extra: Frank the Pug and the worms from the first film, having gone from bit characters to supporting ones. This is likely because of the cartoon having given them more popularity.
  • Badass Grandpa: Don't mess with Zed, man. He will air-juggle your ass.
  • Balloon Belly: Serleena gets one after swallowing the mugger in the park whole, which she manages to get rid of by spitting him back out.
  • Balls of Steel: K is trying to fight off an alien with little success until J points out that that particular alien is impervious to groin attacks...because his balls are on his chin instead. He's a Ballchinian!
  • Bare Your Midriff: Serleena in the beginning of the film.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: More like "Michael Jackson wanted to be an agent who supervises aliens." As he himself said, "I could be Agent M!"
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't pull on Jeff's flower head, or else he will go into an immense rampage across the city and the subway system.
    • Don't mention to K that his wife left him because he spends most of his time stargazing and wondering if there's more going on out there. Also something of a Callback to the first movie where he mentions how he left his girlfriend to become MIB.
  • Big Bad: Serleena.
  • Big Little Man: Serleena's spacecraft which flies around blowing up planets turns out to be smaller than a dog. And let's not forget how our entire universe is inside an airport locker.
  • Big Red Button: Don't press the one in J's car if you don't know what a PS1 controller is, and your mother never gave you a Game Boy...
    K: WHAT IS A GAMEBOY?!
  • Big Shadow, Little Creature: Serleena landing in a B-movie sci fi spacecraft, which is revealed to be the size of a styrofoam cup.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: When J sees the intro of the Z-movie about the light of Zartha, he says, that it "Looks like Spielberg's work." Doubles as Self-Deprecation, since he's also the producer of MIB 2.
  • Buxom Is Better: Lampshaded by Serleena in this little tidbit of dialogue:
  • Black Hole Belly: Serleena provides a perfect example of this trope twice.
    • First she swallows a man at least a foot taller than her.
    • Towards the end of the film, after she is consumed by Jeff, she devours him from the inside out and grows to a large size in mere minutes.
  • Call Back:
    • After K regains his memory, the constellation he stares at is Orion.
    • The diner J and T go to has a UFO in it. Word of God says it's the same UFO that belonged to "Edgar" before it got taken by MIB. It's also a mythology gag to the animated series, where a UFO crashed into a diner, and after neurolizing the owners, J congratulated them on their new decoration.
  • Canon Immigrant: Among other shout outs to the cartoon, the deneuralyzer.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: L.
  • City of Weirdos: J can't clear a subway car he just crashed into because everyone dismisses him as just a New York nut. At least they get moving when a giant worm starts eating the car.
  • Consuming Passion: Serleena, full stop. Every time she brings up eating someone (and that someone is always a member of the opposite sex) there is always a sexual edge to it. A couple parts that stand out in particular are when she licks K's face and the mugger scene. The way it starts with her in barely there lingerie and high heels. The mugger telling her she tastes good, and the way she turns the tables on him and eats him before shooting back with a "yeah, you too" are all played for Fanservice as well as Nightmare Fuel and humor.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Barry Sonnenfeld (with his wife and daughter) as the family in the apartment K and J raid for weapons.
    • Rick Baker, the special effects artist for these films, has a cameo as an MIB agent at immigration. He's the one with a ponytail who's helping explain an alien's disguise.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Serleena devouring the mugger alive is a pretty horrific sight by itself, but then you stop and imagine what exactly is happening to the poor bastard inside of her stomach.
    • Serleena uses one of her Tentacles to slice through the skin suit of another Alien and apparently vaporises him, leaving nothing but the two halves of his Human disguise.
  • Cut the Juice: J ordered the power to the facility be cut in order to cancel Serleena's flight with Laura and the light of Zartha, but the plan ended up proving to be unnecessary after J managed to stop the launch sequence at the last second.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Serleena, after she infected Jeff.
  • Disney Death
    • Variation. When J attempts to establish a communication channel with Frank, he gives Frank an order, but his transmission was cut inexplicably, leading the worms and Frank (and initially the audience) to think that J and K were shot down and killed by Serleena. However, it later becomes apparent that J and K survived, but the earlier shot only disabled their communications, thus explaining why the transmission ended.
    • Serleena herself gets a pretty notable one too. Durring the chase at the end she flies into the giant alien worm Jeffrey's mouth and she gets eaten. It seems like this will be the last we see of her. Unfortunately she comes bursting out of Jeff's body and is now as big as he was.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The beginning of the film shows Sarleena destroying planets she passed by. Even more amazing when the viewers find out that the ship is only a foot tall.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Serleena's true form. Well, a very small one, but still...
  • Empathic Environment: It begins to rain at the end of the film, as the Light of Zartha begins crying as her ship leaves. It always rains when she cries.
  • Evil Is Petty: The opening credits show Sarleena destroying planets she passed by.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Takes place mostly in one night.
  • Fan Disservice: Serleena in just her underwear, right after she's eaten someone alive, leaving her stomach unrealistically bulging out.
  • Fat Bastard: Serleena. She isn't exactly fat, aside from one occasion where she swallows a human, but she is shown to be rather greedy. Throughout the film she is shown eating at least one Human, an entire pizza, and a Burger King Whopper. Her species are hinted to being extremely insatiable Aliens.
  • Fanservice: Rosario Dawson's presence, though it's kind of dwarfed by having Lara Flynn Boyle playing as an alien that disguises itself as an underwear model in leather.
  • Forgot the Call: K got tired of working, and asked to be neuralyzed. The first half of the second movie is spent trying to get his memory back due to him knowing a Plot Coupon he also forgot.
  • Ghostly Glide: The tall, conical alien Jarra moves like this, though more for extraterrestrial reasons.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When a mugger grabs Serleena in Central Park, he drags her behind a bush with pretty obvious intentions. Said bush ends up obscuring what happens next, when Serleena devours the Human alive, although how she does it is assumed to be extremely nasty. All that we do see are his legs as he's swallowed whole.
  • Great Offscreen War: It was mentioned that the Kylothians and the Zarthans have been at war for over fifty years but it was unknown if the war resulted in victory or defeat to either side
  • Groin Attack:
    • "K, he's a Ballchinian!"
    • Also heavily implied to be what Frank the Pug (then known as Agent Eff) attempted to do when he was laughed at by a fellow agent.
  • Growling Gut: Serleena's stomach can be heard growling in the beginning of the film due to digestion after eating a mugger.
  • Happy Ending Override: In between movies, K's wife left him and L went back to her old life.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Particularly an extended outtake in which director Barry Sonnenfeld keeps calling a stand-in by the wrong name, much to the amusement of the actors.
    Barry Sonnenfeld: Derek, can you try to—
    Will Smith: Who the fuck is Derek?!
  • Hive Queen: The underwear model that Serleena assumes the form of isn't just Serleena, but actually her and hundreds of normal Kylothians, which she uses as projectile weapons after assuming her true form.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Serleena seems to enjoy eating human males, just ask that poor guy who saw her in her underwear.
  • Karmic Death: The mugger who attacks Serleena gets swallowed alive by the very woman he tried to sexually assault.
  • Killer Rabbit:
    • Frank.
      Frank: Got kids?
      Agent: [who was laughing at him] No.
      Frank: Want 'em?
      [growls, sounds of screaming as he attacks the agent]
    • Serleena's true form is pretty tiny (heck, even when she takes on human form, she's only 5'6). Doesn't stop her from being dangerous, though.
  • Kill It Through Its Stomach: Poor Jeff...
  • Lamprey Mouth: Jeff has a huge one, while Serleena's got hundreds on her individual tendrils.
  • Lecherous Licking: A mugger licks Serleena's face before she kills him, and later on Serleena sticks her tongue in Agent K's ear.
  • Lighter and Softer: To the point of parody. The original comic was much, much darker. It is also lighter than the first film.
  • Losing Your Head: Jeebs.
  • Low Clearance: Played for laughs when Jay is trying to subdue the giant worm alien in the subway tunnel. He's riding along on top of it and having to duck light fixtures and various other objects.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: It's heavily implied K is Laura/The Light of Zartha's birth-father.
  • MacGuffin Person Reveal: Most of the movie is spent looking for the Light of Zartha, which turns out to be a Human Alien (and J's Love Interest).
  • Mandatory Un Retirement: Kay gets called back because he has information even he doesn't know he has.
  • Multi-Armed Multitasking: The mail-sorting alien.
  • Mugging the Monster: Serleena is attacked by a mugger just one second after she takes on the form of an underwear model. Somehow, he managed not to notice the underwear model was a mass of worms and ivy, presumably because he was offscreen.
  • Mythology Gag: When the man reading the newspaper expresses his gladness while reading his newspaper about J and K returning to the MIB headquarters after Serleena locked it down, the headlines state that Satan has returned to Earth. In the original comic of the Men in Black, besides tracking aliens, the MIB also tracked down demons and supernatural entities.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: K, when J tries to bring him back. J gets exasperated when he keeps poking everything.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe, Jay has gotten a reputation of neuralyzing people on a whim, and Zed won't stop chastising him for it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: J neuralyses Newton at the video store, and gives him an instruction to not live with his mother, as he was a middle-aged man. It is heavily implied (by him calling for his mother while brandishing a shovel) that he kills her to follow this instruction from J.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • J saved the world from a Crelon invasion. K isn't impressed.
      K: Oh, please, Crelons are the Backstreet Boys of the universe. What'd they do, throw snowballs at you?
    • MIB Customs ends up with an alien corpse in it because of something a rookie agent did.
  • One-Winged Angel: Serleena's final takeover of the Subway Worm.
  • Orphaned Punchline:
    • "Rectum? Damn near killed 'em" by the worms.
    • When J was attempting to establish a channel with Frank during their chase by Serenna, Frank the Pug is saying to the Worms with a cigar in his mouth "So I said 'Listen, bitch! If you don't want me to kick your skinny, zone-diet ass, I suggest you turn tail and leave the planet!'"
  • Properly Paranoid: Newton.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: J to Serleena: "Your flight's been canceled," although she gets better... temporarily.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
  • Race Lift: Happens in-universe, oddly enough; the Lauranna seen in the "Mysteries in History" segment that opens the film is depicted as a blonde-haired Caucasian woman, but the real Lauranna seen in K's flashback looks like an Asian woman.
  • Recursive Reality: The film shows a world inside a locker where K's watch is a symbol of worship, then at the end, K shows J that their world is also simply inside a larger locker. An alternate ending has J going on vacation and ending up on the world inside the locker and the size of its inhabitants, implying some sort of change in size when you go through the locker door, or that the lockers are more of a Portal Network.
  • Red Herring: J (and the viewer) are led to believe that the Light of Zartha was Laura's watch. Actually, the watch was a time bomb activated to blow up with enough explosive power to destroy the planet (presumably as a means to avoid the villain from gaining it on Earth). The real Light of Zartha was actually Laura herself.
  • Retired Badass: K.
  • Rule of Perception: The ropey alien disguises are supposedly Invisible to Normals, but MIBs are fully able to spot them. Lampshaded in this movie when freshly-deneuralysed K starts seeing them for himself. We see even more in the third movie.
  • Sand Worm: Jeff, the subway worm.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Arguably averted. Serleena at one point asks for a spacecraft that can travel 300 times the speed of light. To put it into perspective, this speed would get you to Proxima Centauri, our nearest star, in 5.13 days. Still hardly the instant travel across the universe we always see in sci-fi, but at least the writers made an effort.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: Laurel gets mentioned once just to "explain" why she isn't with them.
  • Sequel Reset: The first movie ended with K happily retired, all MIB memories erased and given a chance to start things over with the love of his life. J, meanwhile, became K's replacement and got a new partner of his own in Agent L. The sequel drops L (her absence is merely Hand Waved) and brings back the amnesic K. Thing is, once his memories are restored, the same character dynamic from the first movie (despite J having five years of experience) is repeated.
  • Sexy Coat Flashing: Serleena really wants to become an underwear model (but not before infesting MIB headquarters).
  • Shout-Out: In the beatboxing scene, the second of Agent J's beatboxes is from "La Di Da Di" by Slick Rick.
  • Starfish Language: J communicates with an alien played by Biz Markie with beat-boxing.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: While being chased by Serleena, J leads her into the subway tunnels and straight to Jeffrey, who swallows her whole. It only works temporarily.
  • Super Multipurpose Room: K hid a stash of alien weaponry in his old apartment.
  • Swallowed Whole:
    • Serleena to a would-be rapist.
    • Jeff to Serleena and her ship.
  • To Serve Man: Serleena's preferred way of killing people, although she has other methods, like using her tentacles. She can swallow a man-sized victim whole even though she isn't much bigger.
  • The Napoleon: Serleena, technically, given her true form is a little worm.
  • Toilet Humor: The deneuralyzer room in the MIB HQ is shaped like a toilet bowl. When Serleena attacks MIB HQ, they are literally "flushed out".
  • Toilet Teleportation: Parodied when Jay and Kay have to be "flushed" from headquarters. They're not flushed out through an actual toilet... just something that looks like one.
  • Too Much Information: K, Frank, and Zed all talk about their own sexual experiences with aliens at the end to cheer J up after his Love Interest was revealed to be one and forced to return home, much to J's disgust.
    J: [pointing at Frank] No advice. [pointing at K] No talking. [pointing at Zed] ...HELL no.
  • Unstoppable Rage: After J's new recruit foolishly tried to pull on Jeffrey (the Subway Worm's) flower, to put it simply, it was extremely P.O.'ed, and started lashing out at everything, including J, and then rampaging across the Subway tunnels. He eventually calms down after J attempts to threaten to blast it if it doesn't calm down, and presumably also due to the tranquilizer that he injected earlier finally going into effect after the slight delay.
  • Villainous Glutton: Not only does Serleena kill most victims by eating them, she eats any leftover food she finds at the scenes of her kills, including hamburgers and pizza. Clearly, she's Obsessed with Food, as her entire species are implied to be.
  • Weaponized Landmark: The Statue of Liberty. Sort of. It's actually a giant neuralyzer in the torch. Also a nod to the animated series episode "The Fmall, Fmall, Fmall World Syndrome", which showed the Empire State Building has a neuralyzer, dubbed "the Big One", built into the lightning rod.
  • What Does This Button Do?: In the original, K's car has the little red button. In this one, J's car has two - one that turns it into a jet, the other deploys a dummy to look like the car is being driven by someone. Used to hilarious effect twice:
    K: That come standard?
    J: Well, it came with a black dude, but he kept gettin' pulled over.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Scrad and Charlie kind of just... disappear halfway through the film.
  • White Void Room: The Deneuralyzing Room.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: The Light of Zartha's Watch.
  • The Worm That Walks: Sarleena, at least while in human form.
  • Written-In Absence: L.
  • You Taste Delicious:
    • While the villainess was talking to K she stuck her tongue in his ear. This was actually an improv by Lara Flynn Boyle in an attempt to make Tommy Lee Jones break character. It didn't work.
    • These were actually the first words Serleena heard after landing on Earth and assuming a human form, when a would-be mugger licks the side of her face. Her reply?
      Serleena: Yeah, you too.
  • You Were Trying Too Hard: At the pizzeria, when J realizes the photograph is pointing at something, which seems to be another photo pointing at something, which was ultimately... a cabinet full of sardines. K, however, sees the first photo is pointing at a key hanging from the wall.
    K: I hope I'm not slowing you down, partner...
  • Zeerust: Jeebs' de-neuralyzer is distinctly less advanced than what was previously shown.


Alternative Title(s): Men In Black 2

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