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Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Nick Kroll, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Bobby Cannavale, Halsey, Pharrell Williams, Letitia Wright, Eric Andre, Chelsea Peretti, Bono
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Animated musical comedy sequel directed by Garth Jennings. Sing 2 (2021) follows Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) and his new cast, who now have their sights set on debuting a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City. But without connections, he and his singers must sneak into the Crystal Entertainment offices, run by the ruthless wolf mogul Jimmy Crystal (Bobby Cannavale), where the gang pitches the outrageous idea of casting the lion rock legend Clay Calloway (Bono) in their show. Buster must embark on a quest to find the now-isolated Clay and persuade him to return to the stage. What begins as a dream of big-time success becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.
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Buster Moon: And how we doing over here, Miss Crawly?
Miss Crawly: [referring to Suki] Oh, very good, Mr. Moon. So far, I counted nine smiles, two belly laughs, and five chuckles. Though the last one could’ve just been gas.
Buster Moon: Well, that’s proof, right? She must like the show.
Buster Moon: Dream big dreams. That’s what I always said, right? Well, looks like we’re about to take this show to the entertainment capital of the world.
Miss Crawly: [referring to Suki] Mr. Moon, she’s leaving!
Suki: Okay, Mr. Moon, can I be honest?
Buster Moon: Of course.
Suki: Are you sure? Because folks say that when they don’t really mean it.
Buster Moon: No, please, please. Be as honest as you like.
Suki: You’re not good enough.
Buster Moon: What?
Hippo: Get out of the road, you idiot!
Buster Moon: Hey, do you mind? I’m in a meeting here! Could you at least give us a chance to try out for your boss?
Suki: Driver, could you please lose this maniac?
Buster Moon: What can I say, Nana? I’m a failure.
Nana: Oh, poppycock.
Buster Moon: I was reaching too high.
Nana: Honestly, one negative comment, and it’s all, “Woe is me.”
Buster Moon: Nana, come on. She said I’m not good enough. I mean, heck, I’ve just been told that my destiny, all of my hopes, and dreams, they all end right here.
Nana: [referring to Suki] Well, what did you expect? That she would drop to her knees and declare you a genius? Roll out the red carpet for the great Buster Moon!
Buster Moon: She ran me off the road into a canal.
Nana: Well, you’re still in one piece, aren’t you?
Buster Moon: Well, yeah. But…
Nana: Well, anyone who dares set out to follow their dreams is bound to face a lot worse than a dip in the canal.
Nana: Never mind what this person you don’t even know said. Do you think you’re good enough?
Buster Moon: Of course, but…
Nana: Then you must fight for what you believe in. Guts, stamina, faith. These are the things you need now. And without them, Well, maybe that scout was right. Maybe you’re not good enough.
Ash: Hey, Rick, how come you’re only paying me half what the other acts get?
Rick: I pay what I think you’re worth, sweetheart.
Ash: Oh, okay. See, I have this rule about not letting guys like you tell me what I’m worth. So, you know, unless I get paid like everyone else, I’m out of here.
Rick: This is the only club in town. Where else you going to play?
Ash: I have no idea, but I’m sure as heck not sticking around here.
Rosita: Listen, you guys, I have dreamt of performing in Redshore City since I was a little kid. And besides, I just convinced my husband to babysit for the next twenty-four hours, and I am not going to waste an opportunity like that. So come on. We’ve got nothing to lose.
Buster Moon: Alright. Let’s go spread a little Moon Theater magic.
Buster Moon: [auditioning] This is the story of an ordinary high school girl who discovers…
Mr. Crystal: Stop.
Buster Moon: Stop?
Jerry: He wants you to stop.
Mr. Crystal: “Ordinary” and “school”. Two words I will never be associated with.
Suki: Sir, I’m sorry, but seriously? You think this little guy from nowhere can get Clay Calloway in the show?
Buster Moon: Well, Suki, for your information, I am not just a little guy from nowhere. Consider it done, sir.
Mr. Crystal: Hey, one last thing. Don’t you ever do nothing to make me look bad. You got that?
Buster Moon: Oh, I will never let that happen, sir.
Mr. Crystal: You better not, or I’ll throw you off the roof.
[Buster laughs nervously]
Buster Moon: Gunter, sci-fi musical? You’re a genius!
Gunter: Yeah, well, Mama always said, “Gunter, you’re not as stupid as your papa.”
Buster Moon: No, you’re not.
'Anyone who dares set out to follow their dreams is bound to face a lot worse than a dip in the canal.' - Nana (Sing 2) Click To Tweet
Ash: Are you out of your mind?
Buster Moon: What?
Ash: Clay Calloway? I’m like his biggest fan, and I can tell you, the guy is a recluse. Seriously, after his wife died, no one’s seen him in over fifteen years.
Buster Moon: Ah. That’s not good.
Ash: No, it’s not.
Miss Crawly: Oh, look, it’s a gift from Mr. Crystal. It says, “Don’t screw up, Moon, or else.”
Buster Moon: So the story goes like this. Rosita plays an astronaut searching for a missing space explorer. Together, with their trusty robot…
Gunter: That’s me.
Buster Moon: Yes. They follow the trail across four planets. There’s a planet of war, a planet of love, a one of despair, and one of joy. And each planet will have its own spectacular musical number performed by one of our terrific cast.
Rosita: And how does it end? Do I find the explorer?
Gunter: Oh, we have no clue what we’re going to do at the end.
Johnny: Wait. You said mine was a battle scene.
Buster Moon: Well, it is, but Gunter saw it as more of a dance battle.
Mason: [referring to Buster] Hey, this guy doesn’t have it figured out, so we can’t start work right now. Did everybody hear that? He does not have the show figured out. I’m looking into his eyes, and all I see is fear. And a little bit of shame.
Klaus Kickenklober: Let’s not forget, this is Redshore City, not your little local theater. And five, six, seven, eight. Ryan, that was excellent. Johnny, you are doing it wrong. That was awful.
Klaus Kickenklober: Tippy toes. Tippy toes. I don’t see your tippy toes!
Darius: Yeah, it’s a scene from the last show I was in. I’m sure you heard of it, Hope Against Hope. Gosh, I won every award in town. The Golden Piccolo for Best Crying. The Archer Newman Award for Outstanding Hair.
Darius: Anyway, my costar, she was just like you, Gina. She was…
Meena: It’s Meena.
Darius: Excuse me?
Meena: My name, it’s Meena, not Gina.
Darius: Yeah, okay. In the future, if you could not interrupt me, that would be way better.
Mr. Crystal: She wants to meet Calloway. Big fan, aren’t you, baby?
Porsha Crystal: Oh, my gosh. I’m like so into vintage right now.
Porsha Crystal: Wait. Is this like a sky-fi show?
Buster Moon: Sci-fi? Yes. Yes, it is.
Porsha Crystal: Oh, my gosh. I love sky-fi.
Mr. Crystal: Hey, Moon, you really think the mommy pig’s going to pull this off?
Norman: Mommy pig?
Buster Moon: Absolutely, sir. Believe me, there’s nothing Rosita can’t do.
Porsha Crystal: Oh, my gosh. You guys. This is exactly like the dream I had last night. Seriously, you were all there. And you, and you, and that funny looking guy over there. All of you. And you asked me to sing for you.
Buster Moon: I did?
Porsha Crystal: Yeah. And so, I was like…
Buster Moon: [as Porsha starts singing “Girl on Fire”] Well, that’s a lovely dream you had there, Porsha.
Porsha Crystal: [referring to Rosita] Oh, but now I know what the dream meant. Yeah. She’s afraid. She’ll never be able to play the part. But here I am, and I’m young, and I’m not afraid at all.