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D2: The Mighty Ducks
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that D2: The Mighty Ducks follows coach Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) as he leads a youth hockey team to the finals of an international tournament. A sequel to the 1992 hit The Mighty Ducks, the film brings the original Ducks and adds a few new players as they face off against a tough Icelandic team that doesn't always play fair. Expect a good amount of hockey action, including some nasty cheap shots that leave players injured, but no swearing, sex, or drinking. It's a fine film about sportsmanship for kids and families.
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What's the story?
Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) returns to the ice as coach of a youth hockey team in D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS. In this sequel to the 1992's The Mighty Ducks, Bombay is recruited to head Team USA in an international tournament. He brings the Ducks along, and they're joined by some talented new players ready to take on a heavily favored team from Iceland that's filled with bigger and tougher athletes. The Ducks hope they can teach their rivals a lesson in the rink, but first Bombay must learn a few himself off the ice.
Is it any good?
This film is reasonably entertaining and competently made, but not complicated. D2 follows the same formula as its predecessor, The Mighty Ducks, with an outclassed team discovering that teamwork and drive are key to overcoming opponents. In fact, that's pretty much the standard formula for any youth sports movie, and this one doesn't vary too much from the tried-and-true template. Most of the players are one-note characters: the bruisers who must learn to control their tempers; the speed demon who must learn to control his speed; the perennial backup goalie who learns patience, etc. The lessons are easy for kids and tweens to absorb.
The focus here is on Estevez's Bombay, who begins to stray from his own simple values when tempted by wealth and fame. He gets nicer suits and a cushier life, but in the process turns off his players. It's an important lesson for kids, but it's certainly not subtle.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Coach Bombay changes. How does he react to his newfound fame and wealth? How does that affect his ability to coach, and how does that affect the players?
How do the players react when faced with bigger, stronger, more devious opponents? Do the Ducks stoop to their rivals' level? Do you think they should?
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- On DVD or streaming: September 3, 2002
- Cast: Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson
- Director: Sam Weisman
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Great Boy Role Models
- Run time: 107 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: for some mild language and rough hockey action.
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