D2: The Mighty Ducks

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Ducks return to ice in sequel that focuses on sportsmanship.
  • PG
  • 2002
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Hard work and teamwork helps the Ducks overcome a team that succeeds by playing dirty. The key is to discover who you are and learn to take advantage of your individual strengths.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Coach Bombay has always reminded his players that, in the end, they're just playing a game and having fun is more important than anything else. It's a lesson he soon forgets as he gets swept up in the drive to win the tournament. In the process, he begins to alienate the kids, which affects their performance on the ice, and Bombay must take a hard look at who he's become before he can help them improve enough to face their rivals in the championship.

Violence & Scariness

There's a lot of full-contact action during the hockey games, including several scenes that show players taking vicious, cheap shots that sometimes leave other people writhing in agony on the ice.

Sexy Stuff

Some very moderate flirting and a few equally chaste kisses. A group of tweens ends up at a high-end clothing store, where they ogle some of the models who put on an impromptu fashion show.

Language
Consumerism

Several well-known professional and Olympic athletes make brief appearances as themselves. One of the main plots follows Coach Bombay as he's seduced by the material comforts of a wealthy sponsor, and in the process forgets some of his values. The team gets their picture on a Wheaties box.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfonzieg April 25, 2015

Entertaining sequel is just as charming and just as awesome as the first!

All your favourite characters return for a sequel that is just as great as the original, all the humor is just as great and the performances are just as funny t... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old October 10, 2014
Teen, 13 years old Written byCheesy movie critic July 27, 2018

Amazing

I love all the mighty ducks series so this rocks

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?

  • With all the name-calling and uber-competition in spectator sports, watching isn't always family-friendly. Get tips on how to make it so.

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