Parents' Guide to

Friday the 13th Part 2

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence, gore, sex, drinking/drugs in slasher sequel.

Movie R 1981 87 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 17+

there's a scene where a dog's dead body is shown for a few seconds there's also a scene where jason jumps through a window and scared me when i first saw it in 1989
age 15+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (17 ):

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 12 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 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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