John Wick: Chapter 2

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Assassin action sequel is thrilling but very bloody.
  • R
  • 2017
  • 122 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 50 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Even among thieves and murderers, a code of honor exists. Also, a promise is a promise.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

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.

Sex

A woman is briefly shown completely naked, but it's filmed from afar.

Language

"S--t," "hell," "damn," and "f--k."

Consumerism

Products/brands shown/mentioned include Victoria's Secret, Nokia, Applebee's, American Eagle Outfitters, Mustang, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking by adults.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like the original John WickJohn 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byShrek_boy September 11, 2020

Better action than the first

While the action is more bloody as long as your 12 year old can handle it it should be alright. Also for you people that have not seen this and saw what CSM sai... Continue reading
Adult Written byAnonymos June 27, 2019
Teen, 14 years old Written byumskaboom May 27, 2021

This movie is for children

I watch this movie when I was 5 and it’s the movie I’ve ever seen so y’a this movie is for children
Teen, 13 years old Written bySupernova1 March 25, 2021

Great movie better than the first

This movie is move graphic than the first

violence 7/10 frequent graphic violence with all manner of tools.

language 4/10 infrequent strong language.

nudity... Continue reading

What's the story?

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) left the life of an assassin to get married and settle down. But his decision comes back to haunt him in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, when Santino D'Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio), the man to whom Wick owes his exit -- and who reminds him of a blood oath Wick gave as "payment" -- comes back to collect. It's an offer he can't refuse, but the assignment is horrific: Wick must kill Santino's sister, Gianna (Claudia Gerini), who now owns a seat at the High Table, a collection of the world's top criminal operators, which she inherited from her and Santino's father. Her death ignites a chain of events that will leave Wick the target of everyone's wrath, especially Santino, who's as cold-blooded as a man like him gets. (Laurence Fishburne and Ian McShane co-star.)

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in John Wick: Chapter 2. Do you think it's all necessary to the story? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • Is John Wick a hero or a villain? How can you tell? Is it OK to sympathize with characters who do bad things?

  • What motivates John Wick? Do you understand where he's coming from? Does he have any acceptable excuses for violence?

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