FUBAR II

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MM D: Michael Dowse w/ David Lawrence, Paul J. Spence. Canada. 85 min. Sep 9, 11:59 pm Ry­er­son; Sep 11, noon Var­sity 8 Rat­ing: NNNNN Fubar II picks up five years af­ter the orig­i­nal as our two beer-ad­dled head­bangers – wild­man Dean (Spence) and his marginally less wasted best buddy, Terry (Lawrence) – leave Cal­gary for Fort McMur­ray and big bucks in the tar sands. Dean fakes an in­jury, hop­ing to get work­ers’ comp, while Terry falls for a lo­cal girl, putting a strain on the friend­ship.

Fun­nier and live­lier than the first one, Fubar II de­liv­ers lots of ni­hilis­tic low com­edy un­til the fi­nal third, when warm-hearted up­lift rears its ugly head. The laughs ebb but don’t van­ish al­to­gether. That worked in the first one, when Dean’s tes­tic­u­lar can­cer was cen­tral to the story. Here, the warm fuzzies feel shoe­horned in.

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