Six years after the events of the first "Gremlins", Gizmo and Mr. Wing are still living in their small shop located in New York. One day, some money hungry executives for Clamp Industries try and convince Wing that his store needs to be demolished in order to make room for the gigantic Clamp Office Building that is being prepared to be built. A few months later, Mr. Wing passes away and Gizmo is now left out on the streets, the real film begins when he is captured by two scientists for Clamp Industries. Meanwhile, Billy and Kate from the first film are now engaged and just happened to be living in New York where Billy works for Clamp. One thing leads to another and Billy finds Gizmo in the lab. Another thing leads to another thing and bada-bing-bada-boom, Gremlins! Except this time, the gremlins are running loose inside of a twenty story office building. And now they're are new gremlins to run amuck, like the spider gremlin, the bat gremlin, the brain gremlin, the female gremlin, the electric gremlin, the singing gremlins, the trench coat gremlins and the greatest screen villain of all time...the vegetable gremlin.
"Gremlins 2 The New Batch" is a fun sequel, and in places it's somewhat of a parody of the original, which is an interesting move that idea brings in plenty of jokes. But where the film fails is it just has too many ideas and jokes going on for it to just focus on the plot for a second. What would have been nice is a little more character development between Billy and Kate, but no we have to have the gremlins sing "New York, New York" in a pointless musical number. It's all incredibly fun, but when these endless sequences of in joke after in joke keep going on, you can't help but get the feeling that the plot is just sitting around, waiting to move on.
All in all, "Gremlins 2 The New Batch" isn't really a bad film at all. It has interesting ideas and a decent plot, but it feels too manic for it's own good. What the film needs is a nice trim around the edges to cut out some of the fattier areas of it-specifically the endless gremlin scenes. I know it's called gremlins, but gees, we don't need that many.