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.