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It Chapter Two

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Fewer scares, plenty of blood in long but fun sequel.
  • R
  • 2019
  • 169 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 52 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Though it takes a while to get everyone convinced and on board with what has to be done, it turns out that teamwork is essential for the characters to survive. Only when they stick together do they have the power to face the clown's attacks.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though the characters are generally lovable and tend to show bravery when the moment truly counts, they're also deeply flawed, rather messed-up adults, and not exactly role models.

Violence

Scary clown attacks, biting and chomping children with huge, oversized teeth. Many scary creatures attacking. Lots of blood. In a hate crime, bullies beat and kick a gay character, smashing his face (lots of blood) and throwing him over a bridge. An abusive husband slaps/punches his wife, hits her with belt; she hits back, smashing his head with a blunt object. Character dies via suicide; shown in bathtub with bloody wrists. Characters stabbed in the face and the chest. Decomposed bodies. Extracted and squished heart. Flashback to abusive father. A character uses a gun to "shoot" a younger version of himself in a scary fantasy sequence.

Sex

Both opposite- and same-sex kissing; a woman kisses two men, the first after a mistaken assumption. Brief sex-related talk.

Language

Very strong, frequent language, with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "motherf----r," "a--hole," "p---y," "bitch," "hell," "d--k," "f--got," "prick," "vagina," "beaver," "you suck," "goddamn," "oh my God," and "Jesus Christ" (as exclamations).

Consumerism

Mention of Facebook; Ford Mustang and Chevy Tahoe are featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adult characters drink together socially; mild drunkenness. Cigarette smoking, including by a teen. Mention of characters being crackheads. Drug trip sequence in which a character is given hallucinogenic root and has a "vision."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that It Chapter Two is the follow-up to the hugely successful It (2017); both films are based on Stephen King's novel. This one -- which is more centered on adults than kids -- is very long and less scary than the first, but it's definitely entertaining, with great characters and true teamwork. Violence/horror is very strong, with a shocking hate crime (bullies beat up a gay couple), a man abusing his wife (she hits back), and a character dying via suicide, as well as large amounts of blood and terrifying monster attacks. Children are skewered by oversized teeth, characters are stabbed with knives, and a gun is used in a scary fantasy scene. Language is also heavy, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more. Characters kiss, and there's some sex-related talk. Adult characters drink socially, and smoking (including by a teen) is shown. A brief "drug trip" sequence involves a hallucinogenic root. Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise; Isaiah Mustafa, James McAvoyJessica Chastain, and Bill Hader co-star.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byReganPrince September 5, 2019

So good!

I really think that the R rating is overrated and I took my 11 yr old to see it and he loved it. There is quite a bit of gore but if you know that your child is... Continue reading
Adult Written byMr. Anderson_ September 12, 2019

Great for Teens

So the British Board of Film Classification has rated the movie at 15+ (https://bbfc.co.uk/releases/it-chapter-two-film) but I dont think that should be the rat... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byGhoulGirl13 September 6, 2019

Satisfying Finale Sequel, Really Good!

Despite the unpopular opinion, I don’t necessarily think that Chapter One was better than Chapter Two. I love em both. Chapter Two was full of scares, it was bl... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byAmina101 September 5, 2019

It chapter 2

It chapter 2 is a horror movie. That would be fine to watch with a teen but would not personally suggest for any year younger. It is not a movie you would tell... Continue reading

What's the story?

Twenty-seven years have passed since the events of It, and there's evidence of Pennywise's return. So in IT CHAPTER TWO, Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), who has stayed in Derry, Maine, calls his old friends to make good on their pact. Five of them -- Bill (James McAvoy), Bev (Jessica Chastain), Richie (Bill Hader), Eddie (James Ransone), and Ben (Jay Ryan) -- show up, though they don't remember much of what happened back in 1989 and aren't thrilled to discover that they're meant to risk their lives again. Mike tells them that they must find "tokens" from that summer, important objects to be used in a ritual to send Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) away forever. As memories come flooding back, and as the evil clown's attacks become fiercer, it begins to look as if they might not make it -- unless they can stick together.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about It Chapter Two's violence. Which scenes were shocking, and which were entertaining? What was the difference? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • Is the movie scary? How does it compare to the first one in that respect? What's the appeal of scary movies?

  • How does teamwork help the characters to survive? How do they learn about the benefits of teamwork?

  • How does this movie compare to the book? To the miniseries?

  • What makes friends sometimes drift apart from each other as they grow up? Has that ever happened to you?

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