Cult comedies that attempt to regroup for a sequel many years after the original film often have mixed success. You’ll probably find few people who like Anchorman 2 or Dumb and Dumber To as much as the originals. But, that hasn’t stopped Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson from returning for Zoolander 2 and, despite the odds, this actually looks really funny.
Zoolander 2 doesn’t stray too far from the formula that worked so well for the first film — Derek and Hansel are idiots recruited to stop an evil mastermind — and this sequel brings back many of that film’s key players, including Will Ferrell as Mugatu, who has a hilarious “just got released from prison” scene.
Joining the cast are Penelope Cruz as an Interpol agent who recruits Derek and Hansel and Kristen Wiig as…well, we’re not exactly sure who or what she is, but it doesn’t look anything like Kristen Wiig at all. You should also keep your eyes out for Justin Bieber, who makes an appearance, which might have you rolling your eyes. But then, Biebs gets shot and killed, so there’s quick redemption. There’s a very brief cameo by Benedict Cumberbatch as an androgynous model with no eyebrows, which manages to be both funny and creepy at the same time.
Zoolander 2 opens in theaters on February 12, 2016.