Parents' Guide to

Jaws 2

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Unnecessary sequel has less plot, more peril and violence.

Movie PG 1978 117 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 12+

Another throw away sequel

A lame follow up to the original with a reused plot, way less likable characters, and they try to add more cussing to be more edgy. Only watch this one is you are a die hard fan of the first.

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Too much swearing
age 13+
Intense good violent ok mate I now a ton of people are saying jaws 4is so bad well no it’s not 3 is the bad one violence 6%10 something is found dead cut open someone eaten then someone else exploded and shark burned shark also elecrucuuted as the first one I now there’s moderate language but I can’t remember the words my next review will be for the birds thanks for reading my review

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Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (24 ):

This sequel really brings nothing that the original Jaws didn't already have. The emphasis is far less on character development and far more on visual stimulation and horror movie violence, peril, and panic, especially among teens. JAWS 2 is an all-too-typical example of a sequel not being anywhere near as good as the original, something done more because it was a chance to continue the money-making of the first movie.

The moments of story seem merely structured to either set up shark attacks, or to provide a temporary rest between said shark attacks. There's a sloppiness to the dialogue as well, the kind that would allow characters to use the phrase "for Christ's sake" so often, it's impossible to ignore. And with this relative lack of real story compared to the original Jaws, the cheesiness of the 1970s special effects -- especially with the shark itself -- come across much more than if the movie had been of a higher quality. It's an unnecessary sequel if there ever was one, and a harbinger of horrible Jaws sequels to come.

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