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Parents' Guide to

It Chapter Two

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fewer scares, plenty of blood in long but fun sequel.

Movie R 2019 169 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 111 parent reviews

age 13+

It chapter 2!

It chapter 2, I must admit is way worse than the 1st one, it shows things like organs, naked people, suicide and stabbing but I think it’s still an amazing movie!!! I would say 13+ because it is really upsetting at some points (no spoilers) and it includes skulls and lots of swearing.
age 11+

I think its the best movie

i think if your child 11 or older can handle the movie then they should be able to watch it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (111 ):
Kids say (265 ):

This nearly three-hour sequel has well-rounded, appealing characters and even some laughs, but it lacks the nerve-rattling scares and appealing simplicity of its 2017 predecessor. It Chapter Two stumbles a bit at the start; it doesn't draw clear lines connecting the younger actors and the older ones, and aside from the spot-on casting of Hader and Ransone and the fact that Chastain is the only woman, it takes a little time to get everyone straight. But then the long sequences of reuniting, balking at danger, and experiencing flashbacks and Pennywise attacks actually succeed at making our lovable Losers come together more like a family.

Teamwork is important here: Every time the group splits up, they grow weaker against Pennywise's scares. And even though Hader steals nearly every scene he's in (just as his younger counterpart, Finn Wolfhard, did in It), and his juvenile bickering with Ransone is hilarious, each member of the group becomes equally important. The horrors here seem more likely to cause shocked laughter than screams, perhaps because of the more complex adult targets, and It Chapter Two is viscerally a teeny bit less satisfying than its predecessor. But in the end, the characters win the day, and they most certainly turn into folks you'd want on your side when the clowns come creeping in the dark.

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