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Final Destination 2

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gruesome, ridiculous, really bad waste of time.

Movie R 2003 100 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 10+

This website has crap reviews

These movies are not scary or gory and the deaths are cartoony and would never happen in real life. Everyone on here is taking this way too seriously like someone even said they would show their kid The Ring and The Shining before letting them watch these. I have watched like the First and the newest Halloween movie, Friday the 13th Pt1 and about a quarter of pt 2, Child’s Play, and Ma. I’m 18 and my parents won’t let me watch The Ring or The Shining but we all love this movie series. This one being our favorite because of the scene at the very end where the grill explodes and kills a boy and his mom who is sitting at a picnic table with her husband and some of the other characters screams. The kid’s arm flies off and lands on the table in front of her and she screams again. Which I find absolutely hilarious! Y’all need to lighten up and you kids need to watch something other than Sponge Bob and Cinderella. The plot line for those of you that couldn’t see one is this; A girl has a premonition that there will be a bad car accident on the highway she and her friends are on; well she survives and so do the people in the cars behind her, well since they were all supposed to die that day they all die in some cartoony, ironic, humorous way until death completes it’s list. There are kids who think 50 Shades of Gray is a more appropriate movie than these movies and that movie is purely filled with sex scenes with the occasional dialogue in between. These reviews are absurd!
age 18+

Here's a title I think kids

This movie is more suitable for Showtime, the network, not for kids. There is very few sexual material, but there is mostly language, and drugs, along with tons of violence. I would give it the NC-17 rating, if it was extended.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (33 ):

Not bothering with everyday movie conventions like plot, acting, or logic, this wisp of a sequel found its competitive advantage in Final Destination and pursued it with gleeful abandon. The first movie took the time to follow teen horror flick conventions, to develop characters -as thin as they were - and to throw in some theories about why all these people were dying. In the second movie, all these time-fillers are skipped and the movie becomes a heaping helping of mind-boggling mayhem. FINAL DESTINATION 2 asks why it should bother with the parsley of plot, dialogue, or characters, when people just want a plateful of death.

In many ways, tunneling all of the sequel's energies into a smorgasbord of imaginative deaths works better than the heavy-handed "suspense" of the original film. The acting is mediocre at best. Do they solve the riddle in time? Few will care, considering that there is no reason to like any of the characters and the main thrill of the movie comes from the elaborate nature of the deadly accidents. If this movie is supposed to be a scary thriller, then it flies far of the mark. If, however, Final Destination 2 seeks to take us no further than bloody spectacle, then it does a fine job indeed.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 31, 2003
  • On DVD or streaming: July 22, 2003
  • Cast: A.J. Cook , Ali Larter , Michael Landes
  • Director: David R. Ellis
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong violent/gruesome accidents, language, drug content and some nudity
  • Last updated: June 7, 2023

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