Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Campy horror sequel has unrelenting cartoonish violence.
  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 106 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

As a slapstick farce of a horror movie, there isn't much in the way of positive messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While an argument could be made that Gizmo learns to stand up for himself, it would be a flimsy argument, as so much of the action is cartoonish and ridiculous.


While there's mostly cartoonish violence, and a lot of it, there are some moments in the film that might be scary for younger viewers. A gremlin is shot in the head by another gremlin. A gremlin is killed when a man shoves him into a paper shredder, resulting in thick green goo spraying all over the man's suit.


A woman makes sexual advances on a man at dinner by rubbing her foot against his groin area. A woman asks if a man is hiding pornography in a drawer in his cubicle.




Gremlins build a gremlin out of Legos. A can of Jolt Cola is prominently displayed. Scenes in bars feature neon signs advertising Coors Light and Busch beer.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

An elderly Asian man smokes from a long pipe. The boss of one of the main characters is frequently seen smoking or lighting up a cigarette. Characters drink beer and cocktails at dinner. Dozens of gremlins take over a bar and are shown drinking and smoking. A chef on a television program drinks from a bottle of sherry.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gremlins 2: The New Batch is the 1990 sequel to the hit '80s movie. It's more entertaining than one might expect, but much of that entertainment comes from cartoonish violence in the form of gremlins spending the last hour of this 90-minute movie running amok in a Manhattan high rise similar to Trump Tower. While not as gory as other horror movies, some of the gremlin deaths -- for instance, a gremlin getting killed via a paper shredder -- might be a bit much for younger viewers. Some of the satire of 1980s-style greed will also go over younger viewers' heads, as well as references to Ted Turner's attempts at colorizing classic black and white films in the late 1980s. There's mild profanity and a few mild sexual references. A troubling aspect worth mentioning is the stereotypical portrayal of an Asian character who does nothing but speak in broken English while taking nonstop photographs with his camera.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10, 12, and 15-year-old Written byHendo H. U December 27, 2017
Adult Written bytroyc1 December 24, 2017

Opposite of the Original

This is MUCH MORE of a comedy than horror compared to the first film. You may jump at parts but there are so many scenes making fun of the original movie that... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 8, 2020

Great comedy

This film is much more comedy than horror and I think is a more enjoyable watch than the first one.
Teen, 15 years old Written byBigBean October 17, 2020

Just Awful...

This movie has a few funny moments but other than that its just terrible
and deeply unfunny. Also it ruins every single thing that made the first one so good.

What's the story?

Gizmo is removed from his Chinatown curio shop home after Mr. Wing dies and the shop is slated for demolition by billionaire developer and broadcaster Daniel Clump. He ends up caged in Clump Tower, where "mad" scientists prepare to conduct research on him. But when Gizmo's old friend Billy (Zach Galligan), who has moved to the Big Apple and is, coincidentally enough, employed in Clump Tower, realizes that Gizmo is in the building, he rescues him from the scientists. While forced into a business dinner, Billy sends his doting wife Kate (Phoebe Cates) to rescue Gizmo, but by the time she gets there, it's too late. Gizmo has gotten wet, thus unleashing an army of evil gremlins, who run amok in the skyscraper and threaten to take over all of New York City.

Is it any good?

GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH is surprisingly fun. While the first 30 minutes throws together just enough of a storyline to lead to the remaining hour of the movie (which is basically little more than sequence after sequence after sequence of gremlins getting into trouble in a Manhattan high-rise), this sequel mines a steady stream of laughs out of cartoonish violence and references to dozens of other movies.

It's a thin premise, but as the filmmakers knew, audiences don't watch sequels to Gremlins for deep character interaction -- they watch Gremlins sequels to watch gremlins going crazy destroying things. While there's lots of slapstick comedy, the movie also contains more sophisticated pop culture references and satire at the expense of moguls like Donald Trump and Ted Turner. It's a ludicrous, over-the-top kind of movie, and with the right expectations, it's the kind of movie that's enjoyable for its own sake.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about characters based on racial stereotypes. Why is it wrong to present characters in stereotypes based on their race, ethnicity, or gender?

  • How does this movie play with the conventions and "rules" of storytelling in movies?

  • How is the violence in the movie similar to and different from other horror movies?

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