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Beverly Hills Cop II
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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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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?
- In theaters: May 19, 1987
- On DVD or streaming: January 29, 2002
- Cast: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton
- Director: Tony Scott
- Studio: Paramount Pictures
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs
- Run time: 100 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: Strong violence, language, brief nudity
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