Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed

  • Review Date: October 12, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 153 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Dreadful. Absolutely inappropriate for kids.
  • Review Date: October 12, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 153 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Bad role models.


Explicit and gruesome.


Many sexual situations.


Very strong language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drug use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains many, many scenes of gruesome violence, drug use, strong language, and sexual situations. There is a child in peril, and the murder of a pet.

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Kids say

What's the story?

GINGER SNAPS 2: UNLEASHED follows the story of Brigitte, who, after killing her werewolf sister Ginger, starts becoming a wolf herself. She doses herself with the antidote she discovered in the first movie, but soon ends up in a drug rehab center that doubles as a facility for chronic patients, and apparently, a home for young children. The granddaughter of a burn victim lives in this lovely environment, and she and Brigitte contrive to escape together.

Is it any good?


The original Ginger Snaps was not high art, but it had a humor and edge that made it somewhat watchable for older teens. This sequel has a smattering of clever lines, but not enough to overcome the gore and general unpleasantness. There is all kinds of horrific violence and disgusting transformations, but the snappy lines and subtext of the original film are utterly absent here.

Emily Perkins is too dour and unpleasant to watch for this long, and although Katherine Isabelle makes a few brief appearances as Ginger, it isn't enough to make the movie fun or interesting. The twist at the end might qualify as creepy fun, but it's an awfully long slog to get to it. There are many, many better ways to spend 90 minutes of your life than watching this nonsense.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this sequel compares to the first film. This movie lacks the humor that made the first film sort of fun in a late-night teenage party sort of way. Do you think that was a smart choice by the filmmakers, and if not, why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 4, 2004
DVD release date:April 4, 2004
Cast:Brendan Fletcher, Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle
Director:Brett Sullivan
Run time:153 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong violence, sexual content, some language and drug use

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Teen, 16 years old Written bymoviefan6 January 1, 2014

great movie!!

An amazing movie! Very graphic though definitely not for tweens and under... Even though all the characters are troubled teens, they will always stand up for each other and defend their backs even when theres a huge monster on the loose.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written bywonder dove September 22, 2012

Fairly good sequel!

If you've seen the first Ginger Snaps, you'll want to watch this one. If you haven't seen the first, GO SEE IT (It's ridiculously good!). The second one mostly centers around Brigitte and how she deals with the aftermath from the first film. After mixing blood with her sister Ginger in the original, Brigitte is turning into a werewolf herself and struggles to find a way to stop it while being locked up in a rehab center. She meets a girl named Ghost and together they escape rehab to get Brigitte her much needed herbal drug substance to mysteriously cure her (which doesn't work after all!) It's sort of a let down because Ginger only appears a few short times as a spirit - It's not nearly as violent as the first but there's some chasing, throwing and stabbing. Good amount of gore. There is bullying from a group of girls who continuously tease Ghost. Language is strong but not too frequent ("F" words and c**t, sh*t, b*tch and "clitoris" is used). Sexual content includes a girl who trades sex for drugs (cocaine) with the main rehab worker (it's far and distant so it's not graphic). While doing a relaxation routine, Brigitte fantasizes about everyone masturbating (shows all the girls touching themselves) before she snaps out of it. Brigitte briefly makes out with a guy and gropes him. There's a reference to rape. Overall, it's pretty good but much slower with less fun & action. The 3rd film is disappointing. Not for young teens! 17 and up only!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 March 25, 2012

Must see.

Saw the first movie and when this came out,knew I had to watch it too.Surprisingly,this was pretty different from the first one in theme and it's much darker the bloodshed and language is also considerably stronger but I think if your kids could handle the first one,they will most likely be able to handle this as well too.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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