A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No one learns anything or tries to convey a positive take-away. The movie includes constant sex talk/jokes, jokes about racism, cultural stereotypes, farting noises, and scenes of pooping and peeing. A young boy is present for some of this. There's a joke about priests and little boys. Two "ghost hunters" terrorize a class full of children.
Positive Role Models
The main character spends most of the movie shrieking and screaming, and no one is remotely even likeable, much less admirable.
Violence & Scariness
Two dogs are killed, obviously fake; one is flattened, and the other is hacked to death with various instruments (fake blood is shown). Some of the "home movies" from Sinister are spoofed, with a demon trying to kill a family. The main character has a long battle with a fighting rooster, with lots of blood shown. Cops are shown beating the main character briefly. A priest stabs another priest. There's a joke about several black men raping a white man in jail. A woman is shown with her head twisted around, and another woman is impaled, with blood shown. A character "throws up" a demon, with red stuff gushing out of his mouth.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The main character has a long, drawn-out sex scene with a doll. Though the scene is not "real," and no nudity is shown (aside from the man's naked bottom), it's fairly graphic and runs the gamut of sexual positions and experiences. Viewers see "naked" pictures of the doll, including fake nipples, and bondage shots. The main character also has a sex scene with his girlfriend; again, there's no nudity shown, but there are very strong sexual references (such as the woman's "squirting" orgasm). Two women are shown topless on two occasions. A man admires his girlfriend's (clothed) bottom while she's bent over. A sex toy is shown. A fake penis is shown in the back of a young woman's throat. Plus almost constant sex talk and sexual innuendo.
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Language is nearly constant, with uses of the "N" word, "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "a--hole," "vagina," "balls," "loser," and "goddamn," as well as constant sexual innuendo.
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Products & Purchases
Febreze is mentioned in a joke about cleaning carpets after a gory episode.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character is shown drinking whisky in response to watching scary home movies. In one scene, he drinks the entire bottle, smokes some pot, takes a mouthful of pills, and shoots heroin before passing out and waking up in a puddle of vomit. In other scenes, a priest snorts cocaine, and most of the cast smokes pot. A child has a tea party with vodka served, though only a grown-up drinks it on screen. A professor is shown running a meth lab.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Haunted House 2 is the sequel to the Marlon Wayans' horror-spoof A Haunted House. It has nonstop sexual content, including tons of crude innuendo and some nudity (female breasts and a male bottom). There are also jokes about racism and bodily functions and even a brief joke about priests and little boys. Language is very strong, with constant use of the "N" word, "f--k," and "s--t." Some horror movie imagery is shown, with blood, fighting, dead bodies, and (fake) dead animals. Drinking and drugs are also an issue, with overt, jokey scenes of smoking pot, drinking, snorting cocaine, shooting heroin, taking pills, and making meth. A young boy is present during some of these scenes. The first movie made an attempt to focus on characters and relationships, but this sequel drops all that in favor of bad jokes and bad attempts at parody. And even though it's all played for humor, there's no escaping the fact that this movie is bursting with inappropriate content. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While A Haunted House made a cursory attempt to get away from the pure spoofing of the Scary Movie series and concentrate more on characters, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 simply abandons this idea. Instead, we're back to constant sex jokes, jokes about bodily functions and excrement, jokes about race, and a few other tasteless gags. The movie attempts to spoof recent hits The Conjuring, Insidious, Paranormal Activity 4, The Possession, and Sinister but mainly just copies certain scenes and adds in big, dumb doses of slapstick.
The last movie acknowledged the relationship between the couple as they learned to live together, and then Cedric the Entertainer came in and juiced up the third act with some improvised lines. Now Malcolm has quickly jumped into a new relationship, which isn't explored (except to make several "interracial" references), and Cedric's new scenes are far less fresh and not very funny. Mostly, the movie is seriously dumb and just a little depressing.
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