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Brother Bear 2

Movie review by
Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media
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Bear's warm-furry quest finds love and friends.
  • G
  • 2006
  • 73 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Addresses the importance of friendship, love, and courage.

Violence & Scariness

Characters in peril, including some suspenseful moments during an avalanche. Raccoons become surprisingly menacing in one scene; in another, a beloved character appears to be fatally injured.

Sexy Stuff

The hilariously inept moose brothers fancy themselves as "players" early in the movie and make teasing references to the females' body parts: "Are those dewlaps real?" "I'm a hoof-man." They redeem themselves later in the movie. A budding (innocent) romance is suggested between two characters.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie addresses basic issues like friendship and love, as well as more complex ideas, such as a native tribe's spiritual beliefs and how love endures even after death.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymdjj April 9, 2008

Scary too-deep concepts for under 6

My boys watched this and they completely got hung up on the brother dying, could not get the concept of the brother turning into a bear (and the fact that peopl... Continue reading
Adult Written by4beauts March 24, 2011

Too much intense/fast-paced imagery for a 6-yr old.

Intense fast paced imagery was too much for a 6-yr old. Frequent extreme close ups with scary distorted faces, e.g. Several full screen examples of the girl her... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 14, 2010

greater than the first!

i enjoyed this one even more than the first. and as you would exspect Keni meets a girl he likes. (figures) But this movie is less vilont then the first and the... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 23, 2009

as good as the first

this movie was as good as the first maybe even better. It's funny and the story is good. There is just some mild peril.

What's the story?

BROTHER BEAR 2 reunites viewers with boy-turned-bear Kenai (Patrick Dempsey); his cub sidekick, Koda (Jeremy Suarez); and moose brothers Rutt (Rick Moranis) and Tuke (Dave Thomas). The movie also introduces several new characters, including Nita (voiced by Mandy Moore), Kenai's childhood sweetheart from his days as a human with an Inuit tribe. (Fans of the first movie will recall that the Great Spirits turned Kenai into a bear to teach him a lesson and guide him to his true self.) Now a young woman, Nita is preparing for marriage. But her heart still belongs to Kenai, and the nuptials are ultimately postponed. Innoko (Wanda Sykes), the tribe's "sha-woman" consults the Great Spirits and instructs Nita to find Kenai. To free themselves from their lingering connection, the two must journey to their favorite childhood hideaway, Hokani Falls, and burn an amulet that Kenai gave her years ago.

Is it any good?

Set in the Pacific Northwest after the Ice Age, the movie explores themes of friendship, love, courage, and -- literally -- transformation, and is more lighthearted than its predecessorBrother Bear 2 still features the original's mystical feel and stunning animation (a depiction of the northern lights is especially beautiful). Songs by Melissa Etheridge capture the range of emotions between Nita and Kenai -- from excitement to heartbreak.

Conveniently, the Great Spirits give Nita the ability to speak "bear," and the rest of the movie follows the duo -- accompanied by third-wheel Koda (Jeremy Suarez) -- on their journey. Along the way, they encounter a group of lawless raccoons; Rutt and Tuke, the bumbling moose brothers who are constantly on the prowl for some girlfriends; and one mean avalanche. They also gain a greater understanding of friendship and unconditional love. A recurring theme is the idea that "once you love someone, they stay in your heart forever."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the sacrifices various characters make for one another. Why do they behave the way they do? What does the movie say about family and friends? How does being a bear help Kenai treat humans better?

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