I don’t set out to bash the Leprechaun franchise. In fact, for complex reasons, I actually kind of like Leprechaun in the Hood. Still, “Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood seemed to validate its harshest critics by taking itself too seriously. What do I mean? With the original five Leprechaun movies, you could at least tell the critics, “Look, this is a movie that embraces its own absurdity. It’s self-aware, and at least kind of funny. Give it a break!” With this one, though, I’m not so sure. It’s blatantly a recycled idea, but doesn’t even successfully make fun of that fact.

The other thing is, I hardly remember a single scene from the movie, and I watched it not very long ago. It’s definitely one of the most instantly forgettable of the entire franchise, and not just because it’s mind-numbingly silly. Instead, it’s just a by-the-numbers kind of story, lacking cleverness. With Back 2 tha Hood, there were at least some bizarrely memorable scenes, and Ice T has immense screen presence, even if the movie he’s in is…well, of a special kind. In contrast, none of the characters in Back 2 tha Hood stand out. I don’t remember any of Lep’s quips here, either, which is a really bad sign. He smokes some pot, but I’m pretty sure he did that when he first was in the hood.

Ultimately, this seems to be the film that killed off Warwick’s Leprechaun. One might say his being in space was lame, but here they literally recycled a gimmick and subtracted much of the humor. So, is there anything decent about this film? Maybe I could say it kind of tried(?). I can tell that some effort was made. I just don’t think it was the right kind of effort. Perhaps the movie should have tried a different angle, or quit altogether.

It’s said the immediate sequel to this was supposed to involve the old west. Personally, I think it should have been Leprechaun vs. Chucky, or some absurd thing like that. In any case, this movie is just bland compared to its predecessors, and I grudgingly must agree with some of its critics.

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