Pitching its tent amid the lowest possible form of feel-good humor, “Camping 2” is the sort of vacation that makes you regret leaving the office. With most of the cast but none of the laughs that made the original a watchable if forgettable (yet highly successful) affair, scribe-helmer Fabien Onteniente’s sequel — about a group of beaufs (French for “white trash”) whose seaside holidays are mired in petty squabbles and unfettered hormones — is comic filmmaking at its laziest. Regardless, popular pic nabbed about 1.4 million Gallic admissions in first frame. Va savoir.
It’s another summer at “Les Flots Bleus,” and things are not running smoothly. Self-proclaimed ladies’ man Patrick Chirac (Franck Dubosc) continues to sport his undersized Speedo (the source of a third of the jokes), old-timer Jacky Pic (vet Claude Brausseur) continues to grumble, and housewife Sophie Gatineau (Mathilde Seigner) is still rethinking her marriage. If the characters’ names sound ridiculous, well, they’re the brunt of another third of the jokes, while the final third is reserved for gags about suntan oil and cell phones. The 23M ($30 million) budget looks to have been dumped in the ocean.