"Happy Death Day 2U" is the ideal sequel to 2017's supremely likable "Happy Death Day," a film that, like 1989's "Back to the Future Part II," builds upon the original film in fresh, surprising, mind-bending ways. A deliciously witty comedy-horror-sci-fi hybrid with an existential, dramatically resonant undercurrent, it finds its heroine, the once-self-centered, recently redeemed college student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe), thrust back into a birthday-set time loop reset each time she is killed. Whereas in the first picture she was on a mission to figure out the identity of her killer (hidden behind the mask of the university's baby-faced mascot), this time the stakes are raised ever more: not only is a new killer on the loose, but Tree has found herself in an alternate timeline where her late mother is still alive and boyfriend Carter (Israel Broussard) is going out with stuck-up sorority sister Danielle (Rachel Matthews).
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