D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS (Theatrical Release USA 1994)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Stars ììì

D2: The Mighty Ducks—not as believable or as entertaining as its prequel—has its inspirational points with scenes involving mentor and mentees and achieving proper focus, discipline, and ethical values to produce team sport wins. However, virtually every one of those scenes involves trite dialogue and monotonous morality. The Walt Disney name cannot save this film from mediocrity.

Storyline

Minor League hockey star Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) returns to Minnesota after a knee injury and is offered a coaching opportunity for Team USA, a hockey team that has many members of the Ducks in its ranks. Team USA’s competition goal is playing and winning the Junior Goodwill Games. They achieve easy wins against Trinidad and Tobago, but suffer resounding defeat after facing Iceland. Coach Gordon Bombay takes a hard-line approach in pushing Team USA to victory before being reminded that there is a difference between being passionate about playing the game and being passionate about winning.

Additional Thanks

Good Work for Director Sam Weisman. Thank you to Executive Producer Doug Claybourne for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Michele MacKay (Kathryn Erbe), Tibbles (Michael Tucker), Jan (Jan Rubes), Coach Wolf Stansson (Carsten Norgaard), Marria (Maria Ellingsen), Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson), Fulton Reed (Elden Henson), Greg Goldberg (Shaun Weiss), Lester Averman (Matt Doherty), and Jesse Hall (Brandon Quinton Adams).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. If you plan to finish the series, this film is the second in the Mighty Duck series of three movies.

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