Everyone deserves someone who'll tell them that pursuing their passions makes them more desirable, not less.
Definitely an improvement over the prior installment just by virtue of having a lot more energy, a renewed comic sensibility that mostly works (except for all the business with the Charles' maid, who is such a stock character tinged in all the racist stereotypes that were already being spoken out against in 1941, despite Hollywood's blanket refusal to evolve) - it's more fun to see their son at an age where he can participate a bit more, and the film…
There are still some good one-liners here, but the energy just doesn't feel right - the mystery plot is too dry and convoluted, and the Charles family is perhaps a bit tired out from caring for a new baby, and can't get up to the full antics you really want from a Thin Man production. There's some mischief to be had around the edges, and that more or less saves it, but I couldn't really bring myself to care about…
- Super fun.
- A smart depiction of queer people in a rural setting.
- Heartwarming messages about how queer people can be good parents & overcoming internalized homophobia.
- Cool trans lady character complete with righteous anger.
- Trans woman played by cis man.
- Weird running joke about deadnaming the trans character.
- Exhausting racist-as-fuck subplot goes on forever.
- Too visually distinctive and fun to remake easily, forcing us to sit through the deadnaming and racism because the rest of it is actually good.