Beverly Hills Cop II

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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More of the same in weak sequel; lots of profanity, violence
  • R
  • 1987
  • 100 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Sometimes you have to break the rules to solve the crime, but the risks are worth it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Axel Foley is a cop, but he's a charming con artist who lies to achieve his goals. He's loyal to his friends.


Fighting, punching, kicking. Frequent threatening, killing, and shoot-outs with guns with small amounts of blood. Car crashes and pileups, a few explosions.


Camera lingers on topless women dancing in a strip club. A dog mounts another. Axel talks to his penis. A scene takes place at a Playboy mansion party; many women wear bikinis. Playboy magazine shown once; no nudity is visible.


"Bitch," "t-tty," "ass," "goddamnit," "pissed," "f--k," "bulls--t," "d--k," "p---y," "hell," "putz."


Many luxury stores shown to establish Beverly Hills location; prominent placement of a Coke can in one scene; Perrier water mentioned; "Miller time" mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults at parties hold champagne glasses, cans of beer. One scene in a strip club shows two on-duty police officers drinking shots. Frequent cigar smoking, occasional cigarette smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sequel to Beverly Hills Cop is more of the same. The iffiest content is the extensive profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," and more, as well as a gratuitous scene featuring topless female dancers. Shoot-outs and fights occasionally show small amounts of blood. There's drinking and smoking. Although it features most of the same characters as the first movie, it's easy to follow even if you haven't seen the original.

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Kid, 12 years old December 31, 2020

It's Ok

It isn't as good as the original but it still provides a couple of laughs as well as the same amount of kickass action. But is a little bit more entertain... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byStoogefan197 July 11, 2019

I personally think that it's better than the first one, but also has violence and language.

The heat is back on, and Eddie Murphy turned it up. Yep, the sequel to the original Beverly Hills Cop has a lot more action and a lot more comedy. Just like wit... Continue reading

What's the story?

Two years after Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) returns to Detroit from Beverly Hills, the attempted murder of Captain Bogomil brings him back to sunny California to find the shooter. There he meets up with Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and Taggert (John Ashton) again, and he soon gets his two old friends in hot water with their new captain. Bogomil's shooting is tied to the series of robberies known as the "alphabet crimes" and eventually lead to a weapons smuggler. Can they find the proof to put away the bad guys?

Is it any good?

When BEVERLY HILLS COP II was made, Eddie Murphy was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and it's easy to see why. Although most of the humor comes from the almost nonstop foul language, Murphy's fast-talking charm is dazzling. The plot is weaker than the first movie -- expect your eyes to glaze over when insurance fraud comes up -- with more holes to overlook. The soundtrack's a little flatter too. Fans who enjoyed the first movie will find more of the same to enjoy. Still not for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about comedies with lots of foul language. What's so funny about all the swear words? Why do you think there are so many in the Beverly Hills Cop movies?

  • Did you see the first movie? Which do you like better? Why?

  • Does the movie seem dated to you, or does the humor stand the test of time? If you remade the movie, how would you change it?

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