"RIO 2" from 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Films opens Fri., April 11, 2014.
STARRING: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Bebel Gilberto, Jake T. Austin and Jamie Foxx.
DIRECTOR: Carlos Saldanha ("Rio")
SYNOPSIS: Jewel (Hathaway), Blu (Eisenberg) and their three kids are leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. On that journey, they encounter their old nemesis, Nigel the cockatoo, who is bent on revenge.
This is the personal pick to out-gross Kevin Costner's "Draft Day". The NFL is interesting and all but this festival of music, color and humor has been in the works since the 2011 release of "Rio". That film was so much fun and so funny that this one can't help but be more of the same. The addition of Bruno Mars can only enhance the experience.
Don Rhymer, who wrote the screenplay for Part I, died in December of 2012. This is his final work and will likely be dedicated to him. Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks and Yoni Brenner rounded out the writing team for this film.
People with kids are obligated to take them this weekend to find out what happens. As good as the Costner film will be, this one is better suited to the warm-up outside and the overall joy in the kingdom that winter is over at long...long...last. This is a chance to share that joy with the kids and have a lot of fun in the process.