Leo McCarthy
Created by Robert T. Megginson & Gregory Fleeman

In F/X2, the obligatory -- but quite effective -- sequel to the 1986 surprise hit F/X, effects wiz man Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) is now out of the movie biz, and seriously into what he refers to as "toys." But he gets roped in to helping the cop ex-husband of his girlfriend set up an elaborate sting to nail a killer. When it all goes terribly awry, with both the cop and the suspect murdered, Rollie turns to LEO McCARTHY (Brian Dehenny), the cop from the last movie, who's now sporting private tin, for help.

For a sequel, it's surprisingly engaging, with Dennehy (who was born to play a P.I.) and Brown (who actually did play one in the excellent The Empty Beach) in fine form, with more twists and turns than a plate of spaghetti, and some fine over-the-top malarkey about the Mob out to swipe some gold medallions from the Vatican , an apparently indestructible hitman, an explosive supermarket and Rollie's latest toy, The Fighting, Animitronic Klown.

A goofy, giddy P.I. flick, good dumb fun, nowhere near as bad as it could have been, though it really, really trries.



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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