Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Fun sequel is just as over-the-top violent, but more humane.
  • R
  • 2017
  • 141 minutes
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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 33 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The story includes revenge, but one of the themes is that life becomes more valuable if you put your heart on the line and allow yourself to care about something or someone. Life is more precious in this sequel than in the original. "Manners maketh man" is still important here, but slightly less so.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Eggsy is still shown as kind and loyal, even going so far as to phone his girlfriend before performing a spy duty that requires him to be intimate with another woman. He succumbs to one moment of revenge, but otherwise, he stays true to his heart and to his team. A supporting female character is tired of being passive and in the background and takes agency to become (naturally) an agent. But besides the villain, most other female characters are girlfriends/objects. Little diversity in principal cast.

Violence

Fewer meaningless deaths in this movie than in the original, but still mass amounts of extreme destruction and mayhem. Violence is strong and stylized/over the top -- with martial arts, fighting, punching, kicking, guns and shooting, knives and stabbing, hitting with fire extinguishers, electric lassos, bullwhips, exploding land mines, neck snapping, etc. Some blood sprays are shown. Blood spurts from the eyes and nose of drug users. Characters die. Characters fall into a meat grinder. Teeth are sanded down.

Sex

A man reaches under a woman's panties with his fingers to plant a tracer (shown in pretty extreme close-up, with the camera then switching to an internal view of her body). A woman says that a man can pee on her. Kissing. Woman in skimpy underwear.

Language

Frequent language includes "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "ass," "d--k," "pr--k," "bitch," "crap," "hell," "bollocks," "goddamn." Also "God help us."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The villain is an international drug dealer, and all drug users -- both casual and habitual -- become ill with a deadly virus. Frequent social drinking. Characters get very drunk on whisky in one scene. Bong and bag of pot shown. Meth smoking shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to 2014's popular Kingsman: The Secret Service. Like the first one, it's an extremely violent, over-the-top action movie with comedy elements. This time around, though, there's a bit more empathy, and more value is placed on human life. Intense action violence includes tons of gun use/shooting, martial arts fighting, punching, kicking, knives/stabbing, explosions, car chases, blood spurts, dead bodies, and much more. Language is also strong, with many uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more. On the sex front, there's a scene in which a woman offers to let a man pee on her; he then inserts his fingers (and a tracking device) under her panties and -- it's implied -- inside her. The main villain is a drug dealer, and all drug users are threatened with death. Pot and meth are seen, and there's plenty of social drinking, sometimes to excess. Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, and Taron Egerton co-star.

User Reviews

Adult Written byRowan H. September 20, 2017
This movie is AWESOME!!! There is over the top violence but it is all cartoonish. There is one scene where a guy puts his fingers (with a tracker on it) under a... Continue reading
Parent Written byKim F. September 23, 2017

R-rated Inspector Gadget vs. Martha Stewart

While most movies have random scenes of violence, bad language, & sexual references, this movie is a non-stop escapade rotating between all of these and... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byStarZ September 21, 2017

Awesome!

This is a great movie and kids 13 and up could totally handle it. The violence is more abstract than gore, and action scenes were very entertaining to watch. Th... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bygalaxy42 October 12, 2017

brilliant!

I really enjoyed Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The main themes in the movie are that drugs are bad and, loyalty and friendship. Loyalty and friendship are really... Continue reading

What's the story?

In KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is attacked by a former trainee who manages to steal the Kingsman agency's secrets. Soon, missiles appear out of nowhere and destroy all their hideouts -- and most of the group's agents, as well. Only Eggsy, who was dining with his girlfriend, Princess Tilde (Hanna Alstrom), and her parents, and Merlin (Mark Strong) survive. A doomsday directive points them to the United States and the Kentucky stronghold of the Statesman, the American branch of the super-secret spy network, which is led by Champagne, aka "Champ" (Jeff Bridges). Eggsy and Merlin learn that the evil Poppy (Julianne Moore), who controls all of the illegal drugs in the world, has set out to kill all her customers via a deadly virus. Symptoms begin with a blue rash. Poppy's demand is the end of the war on drugs -- and if the U.S. president complies, she'll release the antidote to the virus. But when Princess Tilde comes down with the blue rash, Eggsy knows he must save the world in order to save her.

Is it any good?

This sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service has just as much slick, inventive, crazy action and is just as much fun. But while it's equally violent, it also shows far more empathy toward human loss. Matthew Vaughn returns to the director's chair, co-writing the screenplay with Jane Goldman; though their story is convoluted and slightly insane, it more or less sticks together and follows a pleasing flow. It even manages a sly bit of political commentary on the "war on drugs." Set pieces, including a runaway gondola lift and Poppy's 1950s-inspired hideout, are outrageously cool.

Vaughn's direction is the opposite of Hollywood's usual shaky-cam tendencies; it's graceful and fluid, with dance-like movement in the heat of battle. In the previous movie, scenes involving the brutal deaths of dozens of people were played for laughs and entertainment. But in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, loss/death carries a heavier weight. There's now time to react and mourn, which serves to make the characters more emotional and more appealing. Indeed, one of the movie's most welcome themes is that life is more valuable if you have something to lose.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Kingsman: The Golden Circle's violence. Does its over-the-top nature lessen its impact? Or does the sheer volume make it impossible to ignore? How do the consequences compare to those in movies with more realistic violence?

  • Do you consider Eggsy a role model? What is he fighting for? Does he pursue revenge?

  • How does this sequel compare to the original? What's at stake? What are the consequences?

  • How do drugs play into the story? What's the movie's attitude toward drugs and drug use? How frequently do the characters drink? Are there consequences? Why does that matter?

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