Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Franchise Review: Leprechaun [6]: Back 2 Tha Hood (2003)

Because we didn't have enough fun with the wee little Irishman duking it out with some people in the hood, we've come back to that place for part six of this crazy odd franchise. I didn't enjoy Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood as much as the previous entry, but the two movies are still pretty similar in that they suffer from some similar problems. They're still way fun, though, don't forget that!

A group of down-on-their-luck friends think they've found the answer to all their problems when one of them, Emily, finds a chest of gold hidden underneath an abandoned construction site. But of course, that gold belongs to the murderous leprechaun who soon returns to take back what is his and kill anybody that stands in his way.

Leprechaun 6 does have a lot of good points that work in its favor. The characters are all sweet, likable, and relatable to the audience even if they are not in the same situation. Actually, the story that is going on between the four principals could easily work in a different movie and be a pretty good crime drama or something like that, no joke. Emily is the lead girl who has ambitions of leaving town to go to school, and she has the support of her friend Lisa, who also seems to aspire to higher things. Rory is the drug dealing playa, but he also just seems like a good guy playing the cards he was dealt. Jamie is the loud clown of the bunch, and I couldn't get over how much he looks like Biz Markie. So there's a good group here that does a good job with what they're given.

And what they're given is unfortunately not much. Leprechaun 6 suffers from a similar problem that I had with Leprechaun 5, where the entire tone of the movie is just off. The titles for both movies alone suggest something that should self-referential and ridiculously fun but neither one of them fully live up to that. Back 2 Tha Hood has several moments of cheesy, tongue-in-cheek humor for sure, but it needed that tone throughout to be much more enjoyable. At times it just feels like the movie is taking itself way too seriously and forgetting that it is Leprechaun-Freaking-SIX. There's really no need to think much beyond that. Another small problem I had was in the change of the characters' motivations with the gold. Once Emily realizes the trouble they are in with the leprechaun, she keeps trying to convince everyone that they should just do what he says and give it back. Yet, every single time they are confronted with the leprechaun and have the gold in their hands, they keep running away from him instead of giving him the gold! That got a little frustrating after watching it happen a few times.

Those humorous moments that I mentioned before are really great when they come along, and are some of the most enjoyable parts of the movie. Probably the best exchange of dialogue is between Jamie, Rory and later on this white guy who comes to buy drugs from Rory. Jamie and Rory have a talk about how the word "nigga" has been replaced by "ninja" and that they should start calling each other ninja. Then the white guy enters the conversation and tries to prove how "down" he is by calling Rory "my nigga" - and there is literally the sound of a tire screeching in the background as everybody stops in shock, even the background actors. Kind of genius, if you ask me. Other good moments include the scene of the lep smoking a bong (hey, you knew they were going to have a scene like that again!) and then stabbing a guy with said bong; and the encounter with the cops where one winds up getting his entire leg ripped off. A bit more humor comes from the fact that the leprechaun just keeps getting his ass kicked through the whole movie by pretty much everyone, and the reactions that Warwick Davis gives for these scenes are priceless. This series would most definitely not be the same without him, as I'm everybody would have been severely disappointed to see another person try to step in his role. We love you, Warwick!

And that's really all she wrote, folks. Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood is a nice try, but I still can't help but feel that this movie would have been more successful if they had just committed to one tone and ran with it. Otherwise, the movie feels very disjointed at times. Next up is the origin story that isn't really an origin story (or so I've heard)! Can't wait!


  1. I personally like the serious approach to this since, with the direction this film was going, it could work. Sadly, this being a Leprechaun movie, I guess they just had to throw in some jokes along the way.

    Too bad, but, as you said, it's still a lot of fun. A personal fave entry from the series!

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