A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Camp counselors in training get murdered by Jason Voorhees.
Positive Role Models
The characters are older teens who, before getting killed, spend most of their time drinking beer, smoking marijuana, and having sex.
Violence & Scariness
Jason uses a variety of weapons to kill his victims -- barbed wire, a machete, a spear, the claw of a hammer, a knife, a pitchfork. Characters hung after they are killed, or their heads are decapitated. Disturbing imagery, such as a little dog corpse presumably mauled to death by bears.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Full-frontal female nudity. Characters shown before and after having sex. Gratuitous close-ups of a woman's short-shorts and of nipples poking through a sweater.
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"F--king" said once. "A--hole," "s--t," "bulls--t," "chickens--t," "goddamnit." "Retard" used once. Middle finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Binge drinking in a bar, characters behave in an extremely drunken manner. Marijuana smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Friday the 13th Part 2 is a 1981 slasher movie in which Jason emerges to murder a group of teen camp counselors in training. Unsurprisingly, characters are murdered in a number of violent ways, with a variety of implements -- barbed wire, a knife, a spear, a machete, a hammer. Recently murdered bodies found bloodied in beds, or hanging upside down, or decapitated. Obligatory jump scares are frequent. Gratuitous sex scenes -- full-frontal nudity of a woman who goes skinny dipping, close-ups of the backside of women in short-shorts, a shot of a woman's nipples poking through her sweater, and scenes of characters before and after having sex. Occasional profanity, including "f---king" used once. Binge drinking in a bar, marijuana smoking at the camp. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
When people think of bad sequels in movie franchises that wore out their welcome and insulted everyone's intelligence, the Friday the 13th franchise wins the prize. That said, Friday the 13th Part 2 is still early enough in what would be twelve increasingly ridiculous sequels to have a somewhat coherent storyline rooted in at least a tiny bit of logical suspension of disbelief. The gratuitous sex and violence were typical of the times, when Hollywood churned out so many horror or "party" movies to appeal to the teen market of the early 1980s, and there's a kind of period charm to it amid scenes of bloody murder by assorted implements.
There is a story, or at least a premise, that occasionally shows up in the movie, but this is essentially a textbook example of a slasher horror movie, with the obligatory jump scares, tense music, nudity to fill in the down time, and lots of blood. When it was first released, it's safe to say that "the big reveal" that Jason is the killer surprised no one, and now, decades later as the name Jason Voorhees is now an internationally-recognized icon of both horror and cynically dumb sequels, there's literally no shock in what Ginny and Paul discover in the shack in the woods. All that's left, all these years later, is an average slasher movie.
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