Following almost exactly where its predecessor, Happy Death Day, left off this sequel ratchets up the absurdity whilst also giving a reason for the time loop which sees Theresa ‘Tree' Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) living the day of her death over and over again as she attempts to break the loop.
Happy Death Day 2U slightly loses touch with its teen slasher core and instead becomes a sci-fi infused, meta-comedy which simply pushes the references and humour further than before. When the film attempts to inject some soul and sincerity it is at its weakest, but these are short so the film can get back to the absurd humour it is best at.
There are a lot of sub-plots weaving throughout this film but when it focuses on the cheesy teen slasher elements Happy Death Day 2U is an incredibly joyous experience which avoids the dreaded bad sequel curse.
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