Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

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Ben Affleck has had a pretty bad fall from superstardom to wherever he is now, but even his dive doesn't compare with what's happened to Freddie Prinze Jr. Didn't this guy used to be the next big thing? Being that the best he can do is "Scooby Doo 2," it's just about a guarantee that the next thing we're going to see him in is some kind of fast food commercial. And does anybody think his marriage to Sarah Michelle Gellar is going to last much longer? Whenever a husband's currency declines precipitously, it's a sure bet that his high-profile wife will make like Donald Trump and send his ass to the unemployment line. Then again, Sarah Michelle Gellar's star isn't exactly shining too bright these days either. Apparently, work is kind of hard to come by after "Buffy." Perhaps "Scooby Doo 2" is just their way of inflicting their frustrations on the world.

I'm not sure I really want to explain much of this thing, but I guess that's my job. It seems that Mystery Inc. has graduated to bigger digs (or have I just blocked out my experience of the first film?) and its members figure their days of monster hunting are behind them with the opening of a new museum where likenesses of their foes are housed. Suddenly, the monsters come to life and Mystery Inc. is embarrassed and forced to reclaim its reputation by solving the mystery, which possibly involves some of the following people: the evil Jacobo (Tim Blake Nelson), Old Man Wickles (Peter Boyle), the museum curator, Patrick (Seth Green), and a nosy television reporter, Heather (Alicia Silverstone).

Sitting through this film I simply felt defeated. All I can hope is that there's no "Scooby Doo 3" or that I have a horrible accident with a lawn tractor just before it's released.

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