Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)

Most people strive to escape the ghetto, but good ol’ Leprechaun seems to relish it — so much so that he’s gone “back 2 tha hood” after his first time around. Rory (Laz Alonso) is a “good” drug dealer who you’re supposed to root for because he’s not the slightly less likable bad drug dealer (Shiek Mahmud-Bey), and because the heroine, the perpetually furrowed-brow Emily (Tangi Miller), insists on liking him, despite his jerkiness and infidelity.

Emily finds the Leprechaun’s gold and splits it with her friends, at which point…why bother going on? It’s the same plot each time. Let’s just say that the little guy wants his damn money back. Still, while Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood is a by-the-numbers no-brainer, it’s well-acted with a decent sense of humor — though based largely on stereotypes and caricatures. I just wonder: a) how the pot of gold is still so full after people keep spending it in every movie, and b) why they just can’t give the ‘chaun back his gold and be done with it? Even he has to be sick of the hood by now.

WARNING: Sass imminent.
“This year, the 3-legged race is mine!”
Taste the rainbow…of death!
“You complete me.”
Kids love garbage.
“Ain’t no fun if the leppies can’t have none.”


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