Incredibles 2

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Terrific, action-packed superhero sequel was worth the wait.
  • PG
  • 2018
  • 118 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 298 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 255 reviews

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Educational Value

As with the first movie, kids will learn the value of people's different strengths and talents and how a family can work together to make a difference, fight injustice, and overcome obstacles. Kids also learn the importance of communicating with their parents and siblings.

Positive Messages

Biggest theme is that families should work together, acknowledge each member's strengths and talents. Teamwork, communication, compassion, perseverance are promoted and exemplified. Other issues thoughtfully explored: self-identity, working mothers, at-home fathers, responsibility to help others, teen vulnerability, parent-child and sibling relationships. Marital dynamics also a theme. Another thought-provoking theme: people's complacency to what they see on screens and how easy it is to be manipulated by screens.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl show their children that what's most important is for families to stick together, no matter what. Elastigirl and Mr. Incredible also demonstrate that every family is different; in some families, it's the mom who works outside the home and the dad who stays home to be the primary caretaker. Violet and Dash prove themselves worthy and mature enough to help their parents on missions. Despite their differences of opinion, the Incredibles band together to save each other -- and their city. Characters demonstrate courage and teamwork.

Violence & Scariness

Many scenes of fairly intense, high-stakes violence, including threats to the city; superheroes cause some of their own destruction to rescue people. Frequent peril; children/parents in danger. Villain Screenslaver manipulates, controls others by hypnotizing them, either remotely or face to face. The supers must use their powers to attempt to save one another -- and regular citizens -- from Screenslaver-planned violence. Some weapons use, including a super-sized jackhammer. One intense/scary fight involves a lot of flashing lights, which could bother photosensitive people and has led to some seizure concerns. Baby Jack-Jack has hilarious but prolonged fight with a raccoon; Jack-Jack's powers include temporarily cloning himself, lighting himself on fire, shooting laser beams out of his eyes, spewing toxic reflux, and turning into a demon. A potentially upsetting story flashes back to how, in the middle of an armed robbery, a husband/father tried to call superheroes, but they didn't take the call, and the robbers shot him (viewers see the lead up but not the act itself).

Sexy Stuff

A married couple kisses and hugs a couple of times. Teens flirt and have crushes. Elastigirl wears a skintight costume.


A use of "crap," "hell," and "damned," plus rude language like "boys are jerks," "superheroes suck," "superfreak," and "what the...." A couple uses of "oh my God."


Nothing in the film itself, but a lot of Incredibles merchandise off camera: apparel, toys, video games, figurines, accessories, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters make a toast/have cocktails at a gathering, and a wide shot of people at a restaurant who may or may not be drinking. Evelyn offers Elastigirl a cocktail (while having her own), and makes a joke about drinking on the job. Edna is shown briefly with her signature long-stemmed cigarette. Bottle of wine shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the highly anticipated sequel Incredibles 2 picks up immediately after The Incredibles, following the Parr family -- Bob/Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson), Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner), and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) -- as they again use their powers to rescue the people of their city. From there, the movie explores the Parrs' family dynamics and eventually pits them against a villain named Screenslaver. Like the original, the sequel has frequent, intense superhero action/violence, including large-scale destruction, frequent peril, weapons, and laser beams shooting out of a character's eyes. There's also a scary fight with lots of flashing lights that could be difficult for those with photosensitivity and has prompted some theaters to post warnings due to seizure concerns. Someone is shot in a flashback (the act itself isn't shown, though viewers see the gun pointed at the victim), and there are references to dead parents and several fight sequences that could be too intense for the very young or for those who are sensitive to violence that puts kids or parents in danger. But there's also lots of humor, even in the action sequences, as well as themes of teamwork, courage, communication, and perseverance -- and how easy it is to be manipulated by the screens all around us. Expect a bit of kissing, hugging, and flirting; a little drinking by adults; a character with a long-stemmed cigarette; and some swearing including a use each of "hell," "damn," and "crap."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAshley O. June 14, 2018

Great plot but is the cursing really necessary??

We took our 4, 6, and 9 year olds to see this movie. We were shocked that they said "I'll be damned" and "hell" on top of saying somet... Continue reading
Parent Written byDanielCPalmer June 15, 2018

Maybe I'm Old School

Thought we'd take our 7 and 4 year old to see this new one (they loved the first Incredibles). yes there are some scary things and somewhat grown up humor,... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJulian0505z July 9, 2018

Some Parents Overeact Big Time! Pixar Never Ceases to Amaze!

I loved this movie! It’s easily my favorite movie from Pixar. With that out of the way, my goodness, some parents have gone berserk over characters using ligh... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLEGOpufflecp June 16, 2018

Worth the 14 years wait!

I was still a very young child when the first one came out and along with the other Pixar movies that time, The Incredibles was one of my favorites. Very sure m... Continue reading

What's the story?

INCREDIBLES 2 picks up where The Incredibles left off, with the Parr family -- Bob/Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson), Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner), and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) -- needing to rescue the city of Metroville from its newest threat, the Underminer (John Ratzenberger). But instead of being grateful for the supers' help, the Metroville authorities resent the Incredibles and their good friend Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) for being destructive. Telecommunications CEO Winston Deaver (Bob Odenkirk) and his tech-genius sister, Evelyn (Catherine Keener), offer the supers a chance to make themselves relevant and indispensable again. Winston convinces Elastigirl to wear a new suit outfitted with a body camera so everyone can see how much she does for the community. As Elastigirl tracks down Screenslaver, a mysterious new villain who hypnotizes people, Mr. Incredible stays home to take care of the kids: Moody Violet, who's dealing with her first broken heart; spirited Dash, who needs help with homework; and little Jack-Jack, who suddenly comes into some super-potent powers.

Is it any good?

This is the rare sequel that lives up to everyone's massive expectations and delivers as much of the joy, pathos, and adventure as the original. Some critics and fans initially questioned the need for a sequel to The Incredibles, especially one that took more than a decade to arrive (Milner, who replaces Spencer Fox as the voice of Dash, wasn't even alive when the original came out!). But director Brad Bird has struck magic again with his exploration of contemporary family life via superheroes. Incredibles 2 puts Elastigirl in the spotlight, showing the many challenges involved with balancing work and home, even when you have superpowers. The way Elastigirl worries and feels guilty about missing Jack-Jack's first powers emerging is as relatable and believable as Mr. Incredible's frustration while trying to figure out modern-curriculum math when he sits down to help Dash with homework. As the saying goes, it's funny because it's true.

Michael Giacchino's jazzy score and the movie's vibrant, mid-century modern designs are endearingly retro, but Incredibles 2 is simultaneously current with its depiction of technical advances (body cameras, navigation trackers, etc.). But ultimately it's the characters that viewers want to see more of, and they're all lovably back, including crowd favorite fashion designer Edna Mode (Bird), who again steals scenes during a hilarious bit in which a desperate Mr. Incredible asks her to babysit humorously out-of-control Jack-Jack. Jackson/Frozone isn't in many scenes but has some great moments. As for the new characters, Keener in particular is fabulous as the mysterious, gravelly voiced Evelyn; her conversations with Hunter's Elastigirl are well-done and fraught with tension. Bird is a keen observer of what it means to be part of a close and happy family, so this sequel will make audiences laugh, think, and (hopefully) appreciate their parents and siblings.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the messages related to family and gender roles in Incredibles 2. Is it important to see movies/TV shows in which parents take on nontraditional roles? Why or why not?

  • How does Incredibles 2 compare to the original? Do you think the 14 years between the two movies matter? What are the unifying themes of both films?

  • How do the characters in Incredibles 2 demonstrate teamwork, courage, and perseverance? What about compassion? Why are these important character strengths?

  • What do you think the movie is saying about people's relationship to screens? Are we at risk of being manipulated by what we see on them? What's the best way to prevent that from happening?

  • How are teen angst and insecurity portrayed in the movie? What does Violet learn about herself, and how does she change by the end of the story?

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