Year of Release: 2019
Production Companies: RLJ Entertainment/Urban Movie Channel/Genius Minds Pictures
(Takes deep breath) I am going to do my best here to try to explain and review this movie. I never thought I would say this, but after sitting through this, I actually believe that I would give How High 2 a repeated watch before I would even give this a second watch.
Let me make a note here before I go any further. I know I should have covered the first I Got the Hook-Up before I did this, but I must find a way to watch it first. I haven’t watched that movie in years, probably haven’t given it a full viewing since the early 2000s. I remember catching a glimpse of it on BET a few years ago. Though I will say that I don’t understand why BET needs to stretch their programs out to a lot longer than necessary. I get that they need to turn a profit for all the ads that they show, but there is no reason that a 90-minute movie should be stretched to three hours when it is shown on basic cable.
I plan to cover that movie someday, along with the other No Limit films (I found ways to watch the Bout It movies, while I may need to find ways to watch Foolish, Lockdown, even stuff like Da Last Don or Da Game is the Be Sold…). But now I should get right on to this.
I am going to say this. I found out about this movie last summer when I found a trailer for it on YouTube. It made me so confused as to how or why a sequel to I Got the Hook-Up came about. I don’t just mean after more than 20 years, but when looking at how the first movie was given a theatrical release and did a bit decent even for its budget, I guess Master P wanted to do a sequel.
I can only assume that Master P wanted to do a sequel for many years but it just couldn’t get off the ground. It’s the same story as to how Ice Cube has been trying for years to get Last Friday off the ground, but I still hold onto hope for the fourth and final Friday film. After seeing this film, I know that Last Friday will be much, MUCH better.
Okay, I am sure you already see that I am already saying that the movie is bad. Just how bad is it? Well, you’re about to find out.
This movie is totally all over the place that you really wonder what the plot really is. In fact, even when there are sequences related to a subplot or anything similar, you still have trouble figuring out what is going on. In fact, there were so many sequences that were unrelated to each other, with characters we know nothing about nor were introduced and showing some random sequences involving them.
Even though Master P and AJ Johnson reprised their roles as Black and Blue, respectively, they are barely in the movie. Okay, they have big enough roles, but there weren’t a lot of scenes. Some of the scenes involved DC Young Fly and some actor, rapper, or comedian I have no knowledge about and their involvement in the story (if you can call it that).
Also, Black and Blue no longer run a little shop that sells bootleg items or anything. They have gone legit and opened up a restaurant and want to get their business off the ground. Also, for some reason, Romeo Miller (Master P’s son, formerly known as Lil’ Romeo, who was also credited as Executive Producer) has a role in the movie as Detective Johnny Miller, who happened to be Black’s nephew, because another one of P’s sons played Black’s son, Cashmere. As a matter of fact, it turned out that Master P got all of his kids in this movie, including Cymphonique Miller (Best known for playing Kacey Simon on that Nickelodeon sitcom, How to Rock).
There is just no way to describe the plot because there really isn’t one. I mean, sure, a couple of guys get into some trouble with a Mexican gangster (I’m not even generalizing here, as I am Mexican myself and being that this movie is set in Los Angeles, it’s likely that the gangster was Mexican). Then came somewhat of rehash of the predecessor’s plot involving cellphone chips. But unlike the first film, these types of chips enhance wi-fi connections and such. That was the biggest problem of this movie. With there being five writers for the script, that really says a lot.
Also, there were so many forced attempts at humor that I wasn’t sure what was supposed to be funny. I will admit that I got at least a chuckle out of this film, but that was it. AJ Johnson was actually funny in some sequences. But some of the sequences that I found unbearable were with DC Young Fly (I just hope that his stand-up is much better, because I found him unbearable in this film and How High 2) or even some sad attempts at humor when it involves gay panic, negative stereotypes, even some guys obviously drooling over an attractive woman. Also, how do these bits relate to the main story? Oh, I forgot, there wasn’t really a story to it. It didn’t help that when some returning characters appeared that there had to be some elements to connect the first film to this, even though two decades had passed up until the events of this film.
Okay, I have to hand it to Master P for involving his kids, as well as getting a lot of people to come back in this film, as well as credited for this film. Because seriously, the extras just had to be credited (end sarcasm). But really, some characters from the first film returned and also the actors playing them. For example, John Witherspoon (RIP) returned as Mr. Mimm. Tom “Tiny” Lister returned as T-Lay. Even a few other characters returned, but I won’t name them because they aren’t known. Not to mention that these characters only returned for one scene each. I think I also saw P’s brother Silkk in one sequence, though no appearances for C-Murder because he is still locked up.
I wonder if P had tried to contact Gretchen Palmer to return as Lorraine, who was Black’s girlfriend in the first film. The fact that there were multiple writers who wrote the film likely had to find a way to write her out of the script, because I can only guess that she declined to return. Personally, I know Palmer is no spring chicken, but having seen her on social media, she looks great for her age, but even then, she said no to returning. If that’s the case, I don’t blame her.
Part of me wishes that I had covered the predecessor earlier on. I don’t know if, or even think that the film holds up now. Though I am certain that it won’t because while I enjoyed it at one point, I was only 14 when I first saw it. I do plan to cover it, but my gut is telling me that it won’t hold up (if it even would at all). But as someone who doesn’t mind watching bad movies, whether it’s to laugh at, or to just see what the problems are (it’s not the same as hate-watching, by the way), I will cover it sometime, maybe even soon. I’m certain it will look good in comparison to the sequel, but at the same time, I am also sure that my teenage memories will just go down the drain. I’ll be prepared.
There is really not a lot more that I can say about this film. It’s obvious that I really did not like it. Like I said before, after sitting through this, I would very much give How High 2 another watch before I even give this another watch. Don’t get me wrong, How High 2 was bad. It really was, but this movie was bad that it made How High 2 looked good in comparison, and that’s really sad. I have to give Master P props for trying to get the movie off the ground, but at the same time, the execution just failed. When I get to other No Limit Films (and really, this can’t be considered a No Limit film because that company doesn’t exist anymore), I will see how they hold up and how they are. Some have said that some can be entertaining despite the budget and the bad acting. But this wasn’t one of those films.