A Haunted House 2 (R)
Comedy 87 min. April 18, 2014
Though it's still a hodgepodge, it's a more finely-tuned hodgepodge, like Marlon Wayans and the producers were more selective when editing the down the hours of improvisation. Essence Atkins (the first film's bright spot) is sadly relegated to a cameo, and while Jaime Pressly tries her best as the new wife, she mostly makes you wish that Wayans had reunited with his old Scary Movie costar Anna Faris.
That said, A Haunted House 2's supporting cast is much stronger; Gabriel Iglesias mines laughs from predictable ethnic humor, and Rick Overton's Skyped-in role as a paranormal expert gets an actual character arc. And though he's not for all tastes, there's something admirable about Wayans's willingness to do anything for a laugh, often reminiscent of Jerry Lewis at his most frantic. That's a compliment, by the way.