In the original Men In Black, 1997’s loopy Barry Sonnenfeld comedy about a secret government agency that polices alien activity on Earth, there’s a sequence that plays with misunderstanding as much as it sets up the coming action. New agent Jay (Will Smith) is talking with medical examiner Laurel Weaver (Linda Fiorentino), unaware that a dangerous, grotesque alien is hidden in the gurney between them, clutching her ankle and holding her at gunpoint. As Laurel tries to alert Jay to the danger, or get him to escort her to safety, he mistakes her behavior for a sexual come-on. “There’s something I need to show you,” she says, pointing down at the alien, though it looks like she’s pointing at her own crotch. “Mmm, slow down, girl, you ain’t gotta hit the gas like that!” Jay says, perfectly pleased with where the interaction seems to be heading. It’s a hilariously dumb sequence, but its easygoing, mildly raunchy humor and refusal to take its own life-or-death threats too seriously is a lot of what made the first Men In Black such a hit, capable of spawning two cinematic sequels, an animated TV spinoff, and multiple video games. That particular brand of humor is a big part of what’s missing from the series’ latest installment, Men In Black: International, a modern update that ups the ante on the special effects and takes the action around the world. MIB:I is a perfectly fine piece of summer entertainment, easy on the brain and big on… [Read full story]
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