If You Need a Night Out, Napapiirin Sankarit 2 May Be Your Thing

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The family of Inari (Pamela Tola) and Janne (Jussi Vatanen). Picture: Jolle Onnismaa © 2015 Yellow Film & TV

I have to admit, when I saw the poster to Napapiirin Sankarit 2, my eyes immediately lept to the baby and I thought that this was simply going to be a Finnish rehash of Todd Phillips’s 2009 film, The Hangover. I was blissfully incorrect in my prejudgment (but aren’t we all?)

The story picks up a few years after Napapiirin Sankarit left off, this time with the loveable loser Janne (Jussi Vatanen) now a reluctant father of a baby girl named Lumi (who he affectionately refers to as  “Looney”.)  Inari (Pamela Tola) plays a overly concerned Mum, that just needs a night off.

And thanks to her meddling friend, Marjukka, (Miia Nuutila), that’s exactly what she gets, and much more. The only problem was, Janne wanted a break, too . . . and he takes one, on the sly with baby and idiotic friends (played by Timo Lavikainen and Santtu Karvonen) in tow.

Through a series of bad ideas and unfortunate events, Lumi gets lost and Janne and company scramble to find her all the while an unknowing Inari is contending with her own misadventures.

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Marjukka (Miia Nuutila) dancing. Picture: Jolle Onnismaa © 2015 Yellow Film & TV

Napapiirin Sankarit 2 wasn’t just fun romp through Lapland with a cast of hosers. Granted, at times it was a little far fetched (narrowly avoiding death via air strikes, in a military zone anyone?) but it had genuine heart alongside shots at Sweden, corn rowed rednecks in souped up cars and amorous French girls. It is not a family film, due to strong language and sexual situations, but if you, like Janne and Inari need a night out, Napaiirin Sankarit 2 just might be your ticket.