Deadpool 2

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Nonstop violence, profanity, adult humor in super sequel.
  • R
  • 2018
  • 111 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 69 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 83 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Deadpool/Wade has his own, very violent code of justice/morality, which frequently results in slaughter. But the movie also explores how superheroes/mutants/people with extra abilities struggle between helping others and following their own agenda/priorities. Ultimately promotes friendship, responsibility, teamwork, alliances, collaboration, and love. Clear lesson about how children can change lives: "Kids give us a chance to be better than we were."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lots of extremely iffy, outright illegal behavior, but Wade follows his own code faithfully; it mostly involves justice against those who've done big wrongs. He clearly loves Vanessa and will do anything to protect her. Three X-Men help Deadpool even though it's not their fight. Russell is badly traumatized and searching for someone to bond with; he's desperate for connection. Deadpool reiterates the idea that life boils down to a few precious choices and moments. Even the "villains" have motives that audiences can empathize with. Diverse casting among key characters. Domino is a strong, capable woman who contributes just as much to the team as the men.

Violence

Extremely strong, bloody, graphic violence: decapitations, brains oozing out of shots to the head, limbs sliced/shot off, torture, hand-to-hand combat, self-immolation, fireballs thrown with explosive results. People are crushed, smacked by trucks, impaled, burned by acidic vomit, run over, shredded, torn in half, etc. Tons of very bloody injuries, explosions, and hand-to-hand fights. One very sad death; other scenes show the tragic results of a future murder (including a dead child). Children abused by authority figures.

Sex

Wade's "baby butt" is visible, and there's a blink-and-miss shot of him showing baby genitals (during scenes when his legs/pelvic area are regrowing). Wade and Vanessa kiss passionately and plan to make love. A few other sexual/suggestive references, including some "flirting" and butt grabbing between Deadpool and Colossus. Vanessa's IUD is shown briefly.

Language

Constant strong language (occasionally said by a teenager) includes: "f--k," "f---er," "f---ing," "motherf----r," "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "bitch," "d--k," "p---y," "c--t," "pissing," "goddamn," "Jesus Christ," "douche," "c--k," and mashed-up insults like "s--t show," "s--t giggles," "d--k t-ts," "prick," "douche pool," "baby balls," and more. Middle-finger gestures.

Consumerism

Visible/mentioned brands include Crocs shoes, Mercedes, Apple, Teva sandals, Ford, Dodge, Budweiser, Huggies baby wipes, Toaster Strudel, LinkedIn, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wade lights and smokes a cigarette, drinks vodka in a bar (to the point that he can't stand up well), inhales a large portion of cocaine, etc. Boxed wine and beer shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like the original, Deadpool 2 is bloody, raunchy, violent, and filled with pop-culture references that may go over even some teens' heads. In other words, it's targeted specifically at older audiences. Expect tons of extremely graphic violence, much of which is close-up and very gory and gross: torture, decapitation, dismemberment, brutal hand-to-hand combat, and much, much more. Sympathetic characters die, and children are abused by authority figures. You'll hear "f--k" in nearly every scene, plus "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and a full range of other salty words. Adults also smoke, drink, and use drugs, and there are some sexual references, although fewer than in the first film (and there's no sexual nudity this time around -- just glimpses of a bare baby butt and quick-flash shot of baby genitals, played for humor). Despite all of this, the story does ultimately promote teamwork, collaboration, empathy, and believing that people, particularly kids, can change.

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Parent Written bynuenjins January 1, 2020

Rehashed jokes with a mediocre, unconvincing story and some painfully bad acting.

Sure, the novelty that is Deadpool is still new and irreverent, but does it have to feel kinda lazy and borderline boring for the follow up?

This movie seems... Continue reading
Adult Written byaidenthecool May 6, 2019

the star

Like its my new best movie I read all reviws and some good some bad
Teen, 13 years old Written byDan9097 May 19, 2018

Very violent, but very funny

Its full off blood and i DO NOT recommend it to kids under 13 but i think you should wait untill your 15 or older if you have a weak stomach. But if you play ga... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymavis stone June 25, 2019

Hysterical

It's full of cussing and gore. However, The soundtrack is awesome to sneak some music education into your kids' minds... it has a few positive message... Continue reading

What's the story?

DEADPOOL 2 begins with a startling sequence in which Wade (Ryan Reynolds) informs viewers that, as with Wolverine in Logan, he won't survive this movie. Then the action rewinds, and Wade narrates the distressing last few weeks he's had, which included a key character's death sending him into a tailspin. After the flashback, Wade teams up with Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) to become one of the X-Men in training. During a confrontation with a volatile, potentially out-of-control young fire-starter mutant named Russell (Julian Dennison) -- who's angry and trying to torch the "mutant rehabilitation" youth center he's been forced to stay in -- Wade goes off script and ends up landing both himself and Russell in prison. Eventually, Cable (Josh Brolin), a soldier from the future, arrives on a mission to alter the past in the name of preventing unspeakable crimes in the future. Then things really start going awry, and the movie becomes a race between Wade and Cable.

Is it any good?

Reynolds' hilariously offensive antihero serves up another round of snarky, trash-talking, gory, pop-culture-bashing shenanigans that will appeal to those who loved the first film. As with the original, it's important to note that this is not a typical superhero movie that families with elementary schoolers and tweens will want to see; it's truly best for older teens and adults who will understand and appreciate the humor (not to mention be able to stomach the incredibly gory violence). The movie is a nonstop barrage of one-liners that reference everything from whether the songs "Papa Can You Hear Me?" from Yentl and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" from Frozen are overly similar to DC/Marvel in-jokes to nicknames (Wade calls Cable "Thanos") and sight gags (he lifts up a boom box, Say Anything style).

But among all the rapid-fire jokes is a sentimental notion: that kids, in this case the morally conflicted Russell, give adults the chance to be better people. Wade's interactions with Russell are both hilarious and bittersweet. And if the addition of new characters Russell and Cable isn't enough to intrigue viewers, there's also the introduction of the X-Force, an even motlier crew of mutants (plus one regular civilian) with somewhat middling powers: Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard), for example, can spew acidic vomit. At least Domino's (Atlanta's Zazie Beetz) power is good luck, which ends up being more helpful than Wade can imagine. Even Cable isn't the straight-up baddie you'd expect; he ends up having more depth than is strictly necessary. Reynolds and Brolin look like they're having the time of their lives playing off of each other, and -- spoiler alert! -- the ending makes it clear that audiences can and should expect more from the Fourth Wall-breaking superhero. Oh, and -- as always -- stay for the credits.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Deadpool. How much is shown, and how is it different from the violence in other superhero movies? How does Deadpool's humor affect or mitigate the violence? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • Is Wade/Deadpool a role model? Who are some other reluctant superheroes? What makes their stories compelling?

  • Are Wade and Vanessa in a healthy relationship? How do they encourage and support each other?

  • How does the movie convey the idea that teamwork is important? Does it emphasize any other positive character strengths?

  • The people running the mutant orphanage were trying to "cure" the kids of their "condition." Do you think the filmmakers intended that situation to parallel any specific real-life issues? If so, which ones?

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