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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Advocates living life to the fullest. Redemption is possible. Reflects upon the challenges of losing a parent, along with the necessity to communicate feelings and deal with the grief.
Positive Role Models
Teen at center of story acts out after the death of his dad; he's a selfish, mean-spirited prankster and troublemaker. He recovers his humanity and opens his heart again. Parental figure is loving, dependable, and persevering. Villains are stereotypical: mad scientist, greedy businessman, bumbling reporters. Ethnic diversity. Females are assertive and competent.
Violence & Scariness
Much of the action is slapstick with some suspense: falls, tussles and slaps, chases, wild rides, blue electrified stun gun. Teens are seized; held captive; move through dark, spooky spaces; and heckled by bullies. A spider and an unidentified creature die.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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One use each of "hell" and "d--k." Also heard: "wet myself" and "34C bust."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 2:Hrs is a comedy from England about an incorrigible high school student who discovers that he may only have two hours to live. He and his friends spend that time running from opportunistic villains and working out a "bucket list" of things he'd like to do in the "time he has left." Most likely, none but the most naive viewers will believe that the hero is actually going to die, so it's all in fun, with a little suspense thrown in for good measure. And it's a redemption story, as the hero is behaving badly when the movie opens but learns some valuable lessons. Viewers can expect slapstick action -- pratfalls, exaggerated fighting, chases, a couple of incidents with an electrified stun gun pointed at the good guys. One "hell" and one use of "d--k," along with "34C bust" and "I wet myself." Some kisses between a girl and boy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
An outlandish concept is made plausible because of sincere performances from the teen leads and entertaining because of strong rooting interest for the hero. Also, there's a message beneath the madness. Decidedly British (in a good way), in 2:Hrs even the broadest silliness has feels more sophisticated. For example, the movie has a traditional bumbling, fumbling, slapstick duo menacing the heroes, and they're actually funny-absurd rather than simply absurd. A touching subplot involving Tim's little sister Shona (wonderfully played by Fabienne Piolini-Castle) is nicely developed, as well. Not necessarily a memorable movie, but solid enough to please kids of the appropriate ages.
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