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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promotes value of learning kindness and selflessness, of doing the right thing over being selfish.
Positive Role Models
Tree is still a troubled character who's quite fallible in many ways, but she eventually learns lessons about kindness, selflessness and tries to set things right/do the right thing (though at very end, she attempts something wicked once again).
Violence & Scariness
Serial killer-related violence, with stabbings, shootings, blood (minor dribbling, spraying, etc.). Character repeatedly dies via suicide (though nothing is at stake, since she's always resurrected): She crashes a car into a power plant, jumps out of a plane, drops a hair dryer into a bathtub, falls from a building, dives into a wood-chipper, etc. Chasing, stalking, screaming. Shouting and struggling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
College students kiss passionately and think about sex. Female characters in cleavage-revealing outfit/skimpy underwear. Woman caught with naked man (wearing a towel) in her room; spoken line about a "three-way." Dialogue about a married man having an affair.
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A couple uses of "f--k," plus several uses of "s--t," "ass," "a--hole," "d--k," "bitch," "douche bag," "boner," "damn," "hell," "oh my God." Middle-finger gestures.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References carried over from first film about Tree being "so wasted" and hung over the morning of her birthday, but nothing is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Happy Death Day 2U is the horror-comedy sequel to Happy Death Day, about a serial killer and a time loop. Slasher movie-style violence includes killings, stabbing, shooting, and some blood (dribbles and spurts). The main character dies via suicide several times with no consequences, as she's always resurrected. Characters are chased and stalked, and there's screaming and struggling. Women wear cleavage-revealing outfits and skimpy underwear, and college students kiss passionately. A naked man wearing a towel is caught in a woman's dorm room (he has a line about a three-way). Language includes a couple uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bitch," "ass," and more. There's a reference to a college girl being "wasted" and hung over, but nothing is shown. The storytelling is rather scattered, but it's still emotionally centered and quite entertaining for teens and up. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This sequel has fewer slasher-movie elements than the original and wanders all over the place, even into bad slapstick. But Rothe's extremely strong performance and the movie's vivid emotional center carry it through. Christopher Landon directs again and takes over the screenwriting this time, too; he seems to adopt the "what happens next?" method of storytelling, throwing Tree into one tough spot after another, with little regard to science or logic. It sometimes gets to be a little much, especially during an "algorithm memorizing" montage and a weird slapstick sequence in which Tree's sorority sister (Rachel Matthews) poses as a blind French woman to distract the dean (Steve Zissis) and steal his keys.
But, happily, Rothe tends to hold things together. She's more Meryl Streep than scream queen, amazingly aware of her range of emotions and possessing the skill to pull them off, especially in the uncharted territory of a time loop. Her scenes with her newly resurrected mother (remember, it's another dimension) are particularly moving. Happy Death Day 2U (great title) is no longer a real horror film, though it contains a few well-done stalker-y scenes; now it's more about relationships and humor than it is about being scared of a masked killer. And it's far from a cheap sequel; it deepens the themes of the first film. Its ultimate messages are about kindness, being unselfish, and taking a leap of faith into the future rather than hanging on to the past.
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