House Party 2

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House Party 2
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDoug McHenry
George Jackson
Produced byDoug McHenry
George Jackson
Janet Grillo
Pat Golden
Suzanne Broderick
Written byDaryl G. Nickens
Rusty Cundieff
Based onCharacters created by
Reginald Hudlin
Music byVassal Benford
CinematographyFrancis Kenny
Edited byJoel Goodman
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • October 23, 1991 (1991-10-23)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million
Box office$19,438,638[1]

House Party 2 is a 1991 American comedy film and the sequel to the 1990 film House Party released by New Line Cinema. The film returns most of the cast of the first film such as Kid 'n Play and Full Force, along with new cast members such as Queen Latifah and Iman, and more guest appearances by other famous entertainers, such as Tony! Toni! Toné! and Ralph Tresvant. The film is directed by Doug McHenry and George Jackson.[2]

House Party 2 focuses less on the party aspect of the plot, and more on the characters' personal lives ranging from dating to education and career ambitions. The titular festivities, this time around, is a college pajama party instead of a high school house party.

The film is dedicated to the memory of Robin Harris, who played Pops in the first film.


Play gives Kid's college scholarship check to a con artist Sheila Landreaux posing as a record executive. Kid is given one week by the dean to pay his tuition fee or face being kicked out of college. The dean's assistant helps Kid with an extension and a job in the dining hall. Kid steals the key to the faculty dining hall. In order to raise the money, Kid, Play, Bilal and Kid's roommate, Jamal secretly hold a pajama themed party for the students in the faculty dining hall to raise money for Kid to stay in college until Play sees the con artists and Kid sees Miles with Sydney. Kid, Play and campus security go upstairs to stop the con artists and Miles. Kid fights Miles on the roof. The dean and the police come in to stop the party. Play tells the dean where Kid's check went to the con artists, Rick and Sheila are arrested and Miles is arrested and fired from his job. The dean tells Kid, Play, Bilal and Jamal to clean up the faculty dining hall or they will face expulsion. Kid gives the money to Mr.Lee for the damages, Kid goes to his pop's grave where he meets Play, who arrives with the tuition money. Meanwhile, Kid's former high school rivals Stab, Zilla and Pee Wee take jobs as campus security in order to make Kid's life miserable one more time (but later reform and befriend him) as Kid tries to balance work and study along with his relationship with Sydney. During the film's climax Kid was advised by Prof. Sinclair to remain in school in lieu of dropping out when he stated that once a promise is made to return it is not fulfilled and in return, Play sells off his Ford Mustang convertible and uses the money to pay off Kid's tuition fees (during the film's end their run down car from the first film was used as a work vehicle).



A soundtrack containing hip hop and R&B music was released on October 15, 1991 by MCA Records. It peaked at 55 on the Billboard 200 and 23 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, becoming the most successful of the House Party soundtracks.


Critical response[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 21% based on reviews from 14 critics.[3]

Box office[edit]

The movie debuted at No.1 at the box office.[4]


  1. ^ "House Party 2". Box Office Mojo. IMDB.
  2. ^ "House Party 2". TCM database. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "House Party 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  4. ^ Fox, David J. (1991-10-29). "Weekend Box Office `House Party 2' Takes Top Spot". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-12.

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