[Spoiler Warning for the first Murder Mystery]
It’s been four years since Nick and Audrey successfully caught the criminals who murdered many in their quest for money and revenge. It went so well, the two thought that they might as well go all in on the whole detecting thing.
That’s why they, according to the narrator for Murder Mystery 2, “immediately quit their jobs and poured their life savings into pursuing a career as private investigators.” But like many who stumble into initial success, it’s not going very well. The unlicensed detectives don’t draw many clients, and when they do manage to get a client, they aren’t very good at their jobs.
The two feel like they just need a break from work to get their heads back in the game—and to consider whether they even want to continue the whole venture.
That’s when they get a call from an old friend, Mahajarah “Vik” Vikram, one of the few who survived their previous film-worthy investigation. He’s getting married, and he’s invited them to his island wedding.
Well, it’s not long before Vikram is kidnapped and held for ransom. And it just so happens that his guest list is full of people who have a motive to do the deed.
Well, so much for getting the mind off work.
Nick and Audrey, though they’ve been having some marital issues, seem to be truly committed to one another, rebuffing people who make advances on them. A man jumps in front of a bullet to save someone.
A narrator says that Nick and Audrey are praying for a miracle. A man headbutts someone without getting a concussion, and he claims that it’s “God’s gift” that he doesn’t suffer from them. Someone greets another with “namaste.”
As per usual for a Sandler flick, sexual references are constant.
We see a photo of Nick’s rear in feminine underwear that hides very little. When a man and woman blow smoke rings with a vape, the man’s smoke turns into male genitalia and enters into the woman’s smoke ring. The man also attempts to get various women to reach into his pants pocket for his own sexual gratification, and one woman comments that she accidentally touched his privates. Nick makes a crude reference to the size of his genitalia and sex on his honeymoon. Nick shoots the genitals off of a male statue. Nick references a photo of his private parts that was on a phone.
A man, Francisco, makes multiple attempts to get Audrey to have sex with him, claiming that he’s done the deed with more than 10,000 women. Overhearing this, Nick counters Francisco with his own number (just his wife). Though Audrey is obviously uncomfortable, Francisco spends the rest of the movie commenting on how attractive she is. Nick jokes with Francisco that he will allow him to “have one night” with Audrey if he pays Nick $10,000. Francisco talks about “spreading his seed.”
Someone calls a woman a harpy, and Nick asks if the man called her a “herpe.” A pair of handcuffs designed for couples to use for sex play a minor role in the plot. Audrey suggests to Nick that she wants him to use the handcuffs on her. Women wear dresses that expose cleavage. Various couples kiss. A man makes an unintentional crude reference to ejaculation. A woman hires Nick and Audrey to discover whether her husband is having an affair. After Audrey wears a fancy dress, Nick tells her that he plans to pull it off of her later.
A recap of the previous movie shows people being shot, hit by a bus and a corpse that has been stabbed.
A man has a hatchet buried in his head, and Audrey uses the man’s still-twitching corpse to honk the horn of a van she’s in. A man, leaning out of the high-speed vehicle, hits his head on a pole and is ripped from the van. The van crashes into a restaurant, covering people in debris. A car bomb explodes. Someone else is hit by a car. Someone is choked with a plastic bag. A man is found dead, a pen jammed into his side. People are shot at, and some bullets find their marks—lethally at times. A man falls to his death. Someone is chopped up by helicopter blades, causing the helicopter to crash. A woman is knocked unconscious.
Take the language in Murder Mystery and double it, and you’ll almost be at an accurate estimate of this sequel’s vulgarity.
God’s name is used in vain at least 100 times, including a handful in the form of “g-dd–n.” Jesus’ name is abused eight times. We additionally hear one f-word and over 35 uses of the s-word. Collectively, “a–,” “b–ch” and “h—” are heard 15 times. We also hear a couple uses of “d–n,” “crap” and “b–tard.” A crude word for male genitalia is used.
Nick smokes hookah. A man and woman blow smoke circles with a vape. People smoke cigarettes. Nick and Audrey are roofied with Ambien. Many people consume alcohol, and one person is said to be intoxicated.
“Vik” mentions that he hated his parents while they were alive. Someone signs a prenuptial.
Murder Mystery 2 is much of the same as its predecessor. It’s got murder. It’s got mystery. And it’s got “2” much content.
As the title implies, lots of people meet their untimely ends in a variety of ways, such as one man who has a hatchet buried in his head and the many who are shot to death. And because this film stars Adam Sandler, viewers will be subjected to a variety of sensual jokes (typically about male genitalia) and other sexual references, including a photo of one man’s all-but-naked rear. And compared to the previous movie, Murder Mystery 2 nearly triples its crude language, hitting at least 100 misuses of God’s name and over 35 uses of the s-word.
And while Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s first film had a couple redeeming messages, there really isn’t anything here that’s going to stick with viewers.
Simply put, in terms of content, there’s been a murder—and the victim is this movie.
Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics. He doesn’t think the ending of Lost was “that bad.”