Glenn Kenny
May 08, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sequel makers Doug McHenry and George Jackson have removed much of the rude vitality that made Reggie Hudlin’s original hip-hop comedy a kick — and a hit on video. House Party 2 finds rapper Kid (the one with the foot-high fade) off to college and soon realizing that partner Play has ”lent” Kid’s tuition money to a fraudulent music promoter (played with ingenuous insouciance by supermodel Iman). The movie’s big laughs are sparse, most of them coming from the interplay of the two principals and from Martin Lawrence as their hyper DJ. The scene in which rapper Queen Latifah coldcocks Iman ought to interest semioticians, but viewers looking for some raw fun won’t find a whole lot by renting this one. C

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