Final Destination 2

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Gruesome, ridiculous, really bad waste of time.
  • R
  • 2003
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 30 reviews

A lot or a little?

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


Over-the-top, inventively gruesome violence, extremely explicit and gory deaths of most main characters, near constant peril.


Brief non-sexual nudity, references to casual sex among college students and a pornography collection


Strong language

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Explicit drug use by several characters, including cocaine/marijuana use, abuse of prescription medication by an adult

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is very gory and that death is a meaningless event held up for entertainment value. Many of the accidents involve everyday items, which might lead some audience members to view their surroundings in a much different way. Several college age kids use drugs in a casual, off-hand manner that the other characters appear to accept. Parents in this movie seem unwilling to discuss possible peril with their children and are powerless to help their teens survive.

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User Reviews

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


Unless you're some crazy person, i loved FD2! I'm a BIG fan of all of the Final Destination movies!
Adult Written bywonder dove May 22, 2012

Funniest of them all!

This was a super fun film! I found it refreshing. It has way way more comedy than any of the other versions. Even if it wasn't exactly meant to be funny, i... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCSMclassification August 13, 2015

Strong psychological threat, gore, strong language.

Final Destination 2 is the sequel to the 2000 teen horror/thriller movie. It is where a group of people escape death's design, and mysteriously die after t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byfinaldestination May 8, 2020

My Favorite Horror Movie

This movie is violent but I think all the deaths is what makes it a great horror movie! You didn't watch this movie to get a princess fall in love. No it... Continue reading

What's the story?

If you saw the first Final Destination, or even just the preview for this sequel, then you are familiar with the plot. A group of people know that they are going to die; what they do not know is how this untimely event is going to take place. It is for this "how" that the audience, eyes darting around the screen to pick out possibly lethal traps, stays riveted for most of the movie's 100 minute running time. As with the first movie, the premise is that we cannot escape death when our turn has come, so if we were meant to die in an accident but somehow skip this fate, then we are due another visit from death to correct the omission. In this case, strangers on the merge to the highway avoid death in the form of a fiery pile up due to the premonition of the pretty but uninteresting, Kimberly (A.J. Cook). While still congratulating themselves for not dying, the survivors begin to fall victim to a string of bizarre accidents. Kimberly seeks out the sole survivor from those fated to die in Final Destination, Clear Rivers (Ali Larter), who has some helpful things to say but cannot stop the body count from rising.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters' different reactions to surviving the accident, and facing the continuing danger to themselves. One of the characters proclaims that he is the master of his own fate and that therefore he will not die. Parents might discuss this concept of fate and the role of our own actions to influence our futures.

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
  • 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: March 14, 2020

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