Writer/director Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day 2U seems to relish in all its little incongruities. It’s over-the-top slapstick slasher absurdity manages to land just about 80% of the time but when the third act rolls around it begins to feel like it’s stuck in a time loop just like its cast of plucky college protagonists. Still, welcome overstaying and clunkiness aside, it manages to be a fun, funny genre-bender great for some solid laughs and clever gimmicks.
Picking up almost exactly where the original, Happy Death Day (2017) left off, 2U once again focuses on Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) as she’s forced to relive a day in her life over and over again, each time ending with her brutal death. Only this time, we’re clued in as to why it’s all happening.