'Haunted House 2' is too much of a bad thing

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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:30 pm

Imagine a Venn diagram charting three qualities: silly, gross and dumb. At the point where they overlap you will find the fright film spoof “A Haunted House 2,” a scattershot, anything-goes affair that’s unapologetically stupid. Proudly stupid. Aggressively stupid.

The film is writer/star Marlon Wayans’ take on suburban ghost stories. Putting himself at the center of that usually lily-white genre gives him a target-rich environment for broad, politically incorrect satire. The first entry in the series gave Wayans’ upwardly mobile new homeowner a head-spinning freak show of a girlfriend — we’ve all been there, right, guys? Those demons banished, he takes another shot at suburban life with his new girlfriend (Jaime Pressly) and her two teenagers.

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