Movie Review: The Bloody Buffy-sized avenger is back — “The Wrath of Becky”

“There was a little girl, Who had a little curl, Right in the middle of her forehead.

 “When she was good, She was very good indeed, But when she was bad she was horrid.”

But giving her a sequel, the original she won’t equal, wasn’t the cleverest plan.

Where “Becky” was fresh, when ripping bloodied flesh, her “Wrath” I simply must pan.

We all remember “Becky,” the rare villainous turn by Kevin James, the bloodbath unleashed when Becky’s Dad (Kevin McHale) is murdered by Nazi home invaders in search of a mysterious key.

“The Wrath of Becky,” the sequel to that “gonzo” 13-year-old avenging angel thriller, still has Lulu Wilson in the title role, and summons Seann William Scott as the new Nazi, an “insurrectionist” leader of the Noblemen (he’s too buff to be a Proud Boy) and an injured and stolen pet mastiff-looking dog that Becky is hellbent on retrieving.

The filmmakers have changed, if not the star and the movie’s anti-MAGA/Nazi “fake patriotic f—-rs” politics. And expecting to catch lightning in a bottle twice was mostly wishful thinking on the part of everyone involved.

Not Scott. He just seems almost embarassed to be here.

Becky is 16, having fled the foster care system to room with a crusty, kindly old woman (Denise Burse), paying the rent by working at the local diner.

That’s where she runs afoul of three redneck racists of the not-exactly-rocket-scientist persuasion (Michael Sirow, Aaron Dalla Villa and co-director Matt Angel). They mouth off to her, she dumps coffee on Dear Leader (Sirow).

Next thing you know, they follow her home, beat her dog and murder her landlady.

Becky didn’t anticipate this? Oh. Right. “Sixteen.” “Consequences” never crossed her mind.

There’s nothing for it but to DIY gear up, recollect clues to figure out where these female Congresswoman-hating goons were going, fetch her dog and commence to killing.

“To be honest, guns kinda bore me.”

To be honest, this movie kind of bored me. Becky narrates too much. The situations, traps and what not seem obvious or ludicrous. There’s little of the sense of inventively murderous fun of “Becky.”

Perhaps the cleverest line of the gathered Noblemen is one they use to size up the “little girl” they’re facing.

“She definitely still shops at Hot Topic.

I cackled at a killing, here and there. But the writer/co-directors don’t show any flair for creating moments of jeopardy and logically reasoning/killing one’s way of them. Becky problem-solves like she’s a 16 year-old screenwriter.

(Note to writer/co-director Angel and other director Suzanne Coote, the CIA wouldn’t be involved in domestic terrorism. That’s against the law.).

To further paraphrase the “There Was a Little Girl” poet Becky quotes, Henry Wadsworth, when “Becky” was was good, she was at least funny. But when she made a sequel, she wasn’t.

Rating: R, graphic violence

Cast:Lulu Wilson, Denise Burse, Michael Sirow, Matt Angel, Aaron Dalla Villa, Courtney Gains and Seann William Scott

Credits: Directed by Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote, scripted by Matt Angel, based on the character created by Nick Morris, Lane Skye and Ruckus Skye. A Quiver release.

Running time: 1:24


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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