A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Even among thieves and murderers, a code of honor exists. Also, a promise is a promise.
Positive Role Models
John Wick is a deadly killer, but he struggles with the line of work he finds himself stuck in and is desperate to leave it all.
Violence & Scariness
Absolute carnage: The movie is a mill of gory, bloody mayhem. People are shot point blank. A person slashes their own wrists; the resulting blood turns bath water into a crimson well. Vehicles ram their way through the streets and run people over; people are stabbed, one in the chest, his death a lingering scene. Many deaths.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman is briefly shown completely naked, but it's filmed from afar.
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"S--t," "hell," "damn," and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Products/brands shown/mentioned include Victoria's Secret, Nokia, Applebee's, American Eagle Outfitters, Mustang, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking by adults.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, like the original John Wick, John Wick: Chapter 2 is an action-packed, very violent thriller about an assassin played by Keanu Reeves. Name a brutal act -- stabbing, point-blank shooting, bloody suicide via wrist-slashing -- and you'll likely find it here; the movie is nonstop gory mayhem. There's also some nudity (a full-frontal female shot, but it's filmed from afar, so it's hard to see details) and plenty of swearing (including "s--t," "f--k," and more), as well as some social drinking. And there are moments of wit and levity to provide much-needed breathers in what's otherwise a sea of brutality. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If there's a plot in this fun-but-too-gory follow-up to John Wick, it's not there to serve the narrative. Instead, it exists as a bar on which to hang all the bloodshed that the film unfurls in its ferocious, vicious glory -- which appears to be the point of this entire enterprise. Not more than five minutes (okay, maybe 10 in one spot) pass in between fights, confrontations, and face-offs.
Perhaps because they're a welcome break from the nonstop violence, the witty, sometimes weirdly funny moments that thread through the film (and the series -- the first John Wick was similar) are all the more appealing. For instance, there's a sequence in which a "sommelier" describes guns as if they were Chardonnays and Chiantis. And Reeves' brand of tight-lipped spy soldier is perfect for the franchise: He's brawny and conflicted, tough and empathetic, and very well-versed in the ways of weaponry.
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