Blues Brothers 2000

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Blues Brothers 2000
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This ain't a mission from God.
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: John Landis
Produced By: John Landis
Dan Aykroyd
Leslie Belzberg
Written By: John Landis
Dan Aykroyd
Starring: Dan Aykroyd
John Goodman
J. Evan Bonifant
Frank Oz
Kathleen Freeman
Joe Morton
James Brown
Aretha Franklin
B.B. King
Eric Clapton
Jeff Morris
Nia Peeples
Darrell Hammond
John Lyons
Cinematography: David Herrington
Distributed By: Universal
Release Date: February 6, 1998
Runtime: 123 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $31 million
Box Office: $14.1 million
Franchise: The Blues Brothers
Prequel: The Blues Brothers

"You got no plot, you got no comedy, and you don't even have the other Blues Brother! Unless there's somehow a heart and a soul from the original film, count me the fuck out of this."
Nostalgia Critic

Blues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 American musical comedy film that is a sequel to the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, written and produced by John Landis and Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Landis, the film stars Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman along with cameo appearances by various musicians. Blues Brothers 2000 received a mixed to negative reception by critics and fans alike.


Eighteen years after the original "mission from God", Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) is getting out of prison and discovering that much has changed in the time he's been away. His partner, "Joliet" Jake Blues (John Belushi) and their surrogate father-figure Curtis (Cab Calloway) are both gone, his band is no longer together and the orphanage where he grew up has been demolished. Elwood soon realizes that he must embark on a whole new mission - to reassemble the old band, this time with the help of a soulful bartender, Mack McTeer (John Goodman), alongside Curtis' illegitimate son and cop Cabel Chamberlain (Joe Morton), compete at Queen Moussette's (Erykah Badu) Battle of the Bands and set a wayward orphan named Buster (J. Evan Bonifant) on the path to redemption. In the midst of the mayhem, he's got to prove to the police that there's magic in the music...and a mysterious method behind the Blues Brothers' madness.

Why It Ain't a Mission from God

  1. The title of the movie makes no sense, since it came out in 1998 and not the year 2000.
  2. Complete lack of story. In the first movie, the Blues Brothers were sent on a mission from God to help save the orphanage. In the sequel, they just try to bring the band back together for no reason. The ending wasn't sequel based either.
  3. Speaking of the first movie, the orphanage the Blues Brothers saved was demolished making the premise of the first movie feel like it was a vain attempt at redemption.
  4. The movie has a few concepts that don't make any sense:
    • Why would the nun have Elwood mentor an orphan? In the first movie, she didn't trust Elwood and Jake, given the fact they were convicted felons.
    • Some of the former band members have decent jobs but then they abandon them to reunite the band.
  5. The musical numbers (while catchy), often appear out of thin air with no build-up.
  6. It recycles many elements from the first movie.
  7. Cheap and outdated special effects; most notably the skeleton horses during the Ghost Rider song.
  8. Awful humor compared to the last film, with usage of sex jokes and offensive stereotypes.
  9. Atrocious editing. In one scene when the car flies over, it ends up passing a burning club twice.
  10. A very lame climax near the end of the film.
  11. The Blues Brothers band ends up losing the Battle of the Bands, making the whole process of reuniting the band pointless.
  12. Each of the new characters barely have any chemistry with the old characters.
  13. Buster, the kid who joins Elwood, is a completely pointless character as he barely does anything in the story.
  14. The film's failure pretty much killed John Landis' directing career, as his reputation was already tarnished by the Twilight Zone accident.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Good soundtrack composed by Paul Shaffer, with some good song numbers such as "Ghost Rider".
  2. The Bluesmobile is still an awesome car.
  3. Some good practical effects, such as the giant police car pile up scene.
  4. Most of the cast members from the first movie returned to the sequel and a majority of musicians from the first movie returned to do new music, including newcomers such as the rock star Eric Clapton.
  5. John Goodman was pretty funny in the role he was given.
  6. A few funny moments.


Unlike the original film which received positive reviews and gained a cult following, Blues Brothers 2000 was a box office failure, received mixed to negative reviews from critics and fans of the original, and is often listed on many lists for the worst movie sequels of all time. Rotten Tomatoes rates the film at 46%, stating "Braving onward without the late John Belushi, Blues Brothers 2000 gets the band back together with a spirited soundtrack, but a mission that's far less divine." Roger Ebert gave the film a 2 stars out of 4.

Box Office

On its domestic opening weekend, the film made $6,129,615 million and only managed to gross $14,089,198 domestically against a budget of $31 million.


  • The film was dedicated in memory to John Belushi, John Candy and Cab Calloway who all starred in the first movie.
  • John Landis had no interest in making the film. However, Dan Aykroyd expressed interest in making it.
  • John Belushi's brother James was offered a role in the movie, but he turned it down due to scheduling conflicts involving his sitcom According to Jim.
  • One of the songs on the soundtrack, "634-5789", was featured in another John Belushi-related flick, Wired, where it was performed by the Blues Brothers.


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