Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2.0 stars

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 movie poster

More dick talk than most Marvel movies: “If what’s between my legs had a hand…,” references to engorged nether regions, “Yes, I do have a penis, and it’s a pretty good one,” etc. But what are you gonna do? We can’t all grow from our own cuttings like cute Baby Groot, or get technogestated like the golden Sovereigns. Most of us get made “the old-fashioned way” — Drax’s dad used to tell him the details of his conception every year, and it was “a beautiful story.” And dads are the big theme here. Mostly, how bad they are, as seen in how they treat their women (abandonment, etc.), in how they treat their offspring (Thanos used to make Gamora fight her sister, with disastrous consequences), even in their very reasons for reproducing (more me). Perhaps the best you can hope for, as Star Lord wistfully delineates, is someone who goes on kickass adventures, hooks up with hot women, and fights robots. A pretty cool dad, if not one who does much actual fathering. It’s almost enough to make a body despair of family altogether, and seek out a group of friends as a primary community. No, even better: to decide that a group of friends is family, and Dad maybe needs to go. Surrounding all this is gobs and gobs of the Guardians’ trademark neurotic banter, awkwardly frank humor, and naked emotion amid explosive action. Director James Gunn has a vision and he puts it across, but it ain’t pretty. And points off for a final face-off that’s even more farcical than usual. 2017.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Classic Mission Marketplace 13

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10:25pm

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AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall, 760-945-1365 | Directions

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7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

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Angelika Film Center

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, 858-674-6164 | Directions

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12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-794-4045 | Directions

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Cinépolis La Costa

6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 760-603-8638 | Directions

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Edwards Mira Mesa

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LOT

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA, 858-777-0069 | Directions

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2620 Truxton Road, San Diego, 619-566-0069 | Directions

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Reading Grossmont Center

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 800-326-3264 | Directions

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10:25pm

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Reading Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

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Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 844-462-7342 | Directions

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Regal Escondido

350 West Valley Parkway, Escondido, 760-291-0119 | Directions

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10:10pm

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Regal Oceanside

401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 760-439-1327 | Directions

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10:15pm

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Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions

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8:30pm

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Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista, 619-216-4707 | Directions

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Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, 619-660-3483 | Directions

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11:10pm

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Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

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9:50pm

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11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:45pm, 6:35pm, 7:15pm, 9:50pm

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, 619-685-2841 | Directions

Saturday, May 27

10:30pm

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1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

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10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

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10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

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1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

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10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:30pm

United Artists Horton Plaza

475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 800-326-3264 | Directions

Saturday, May 27

9:45pm

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11:10am, 1:45pm, 4:20pm, 7:05pm, 9:45pm

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11:10am, 1:45pm, 4:20pm, 7:05pm, 9:45pm

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1:10pm, 3:40pm, 7:15pm

Vintage Village Theatre

820 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 619-437-6161 | Directions

Saturday, May 27

8:30pm

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2:00pm, 5:20pm, 8:30pm

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2:00pm, 5:20pm, 8:30pm

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2:00pm, 5:20pm, 8:30pm

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2:00pm, 8:30pm

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2:00pm, 5:20pm

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