Anyone who’s ever suffered through Pardon Mon Affaire Too, Three Men and a Little Lady or the follow-ups to La Cage aux Folles realises that there’s a problem in delivering a sequel to a hit rom-com … the whole point of the genre is in the character arcs of the romantic leads, culminating in coupledom/marriage – and saddling the lovers (as here) with a baby and some marriage problems makes for a sourer, duller experience. Otherwise, it’s a sit-com like spinning of the wheels.
Director Gabriel Pelletier and writer/star Yves Pelletier approach the problem by minimising the presence of Isabelle Cyr’s Karmina (who gets an ‘and with’ credit) and her new husband Philippe (Robert Philippe) and concentrating on former comedy relief side-characters … geeky Transylvanian vampire Vlad (Yves P), his schlubbish Canadian get Ghislain (Gildor Roy) and Ghislain’s frustrated wife Linda (Diane Lavallée). This time, Linda gets to be a vampire and precipitate all manner of tsuris in the Transylvanian vampire diaspora community of Montreal, which extends to a sort of massacre in a sex club and involvement with poutine-peddling gangster Vincent Proulx (Julien Poulin). Karmina’s Dracula-like father (Pierre Collin, replacing Raymond Cloutier) and Baroness mother (Sylvie Potvin, returning) now work in the theatre doing Anne Rice-style vampire plays that sometimes get out of hand.
There’s one funny callback joke involving Ghislain’s nagging neighbour and a hoodlum who’s just lost his faith in guns as he’s tried to shoot a bunch of invulnerable vampires. The jokes are broader (Roy has a dud drag scene) and not quite as amusing, but former doormat Lavallée has more fun in vanpire form.