Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, Joe Morton, J. Evan Bonifant, Aretha Franklin. Written by Dan Aykroyd and John Landis. Directed by John Landis. Rated PG-13 for profanity, violence, exotic dancing.

Up front I will admit that I never understood the popularity of the original "Blues Brothers" movie. To me it was a throwaway comedy; one that seemed to focus more on music than laughs. Eighteen years and the death of one of its stars later, "Blue Brothers 2000" hits the scene offering both more and less of the same. More music, less comedy. In fact, its rather flimsy road movie plot is abandoned altogether in the film’s final third as it becomes one musical number after another with little respite in between.

That said, those who go to the film strictly for the music won’t be disappointed. Although the songs performed in the film are more obscure than those in the original, they are belted out with great gusto by a list of musical luminaries that goes on and on and on. James Brown, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Clarence Clemons, Lou Rawls, and literally dozens of others all get the chance to strut their stuff. Those who go for the comedy, however, will become more and more disappointed as the film drags on. And I won’t even go into the dearth of acting talent among the musicians. For diehard fans only.

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