A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages in this movie.
Positive Role Models
No characters emerge as positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Unsurprisingly, there are shark attacks. The shark attacks a teen boy and a skier, and damages a boat and a helicopter. Teens are shown enduring tremendous peril and panic. A dead body is shown on shore. Gunfire. A beached whale, bloody with exposed entrails. A police chief shoots a gun into the ocean, thinking he is shooting at a great white shark but is actually only shooting at bluefish; this action causes a mass panic on the beach.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to sex, including "fooling around," and a girl being described as "having t-ts like a sparrow."
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The expression "for Christ's sake" is used on numerous occasions. "Bulls--t." "Ass." "Damn." "Hell." A teen boy describes a teen girl as "having t-ts like a sparrow."
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Products & Purchases
A Holiday Inn is prominently featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teenage beer drinking. Adult characters drink cocktails at a party. Whiskey drinking. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jaws 2 is the 1978 follow-up to Jaws, which had once been the highest-grossing movie of all time. Just like the first Jaws, it almost goes without saying that there are shark attacks, only this one puts the teen characters as a whole in a lot more peril and panic than in the first one. There is some blood and gore in the attacks, and (spoiler alert) the shark is killed in dramatic fashion via electrocution. In terms of language, there is some mild profanity throughout, and it's worth mentioning that the phrase "for Christ's sake" is overused to the point where one can't help but notice the frequency in which it's used. There are also some teen shenanigans like drinking and sexual advances and boys talking about how a girl's breasts are comparable to a sparrow's. Chief Brody gets drunk after being relieved of duty. Cigarette smoking. Overall, this sequel doesn't really offer anything new, and whatever character development that was in the first one is forsaken in the interests of showing more scenes of a great white shark terrorizing teens. 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 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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