Lazer Team 2

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Fans will like juvenile but funny sci-fi sequel.
  • NR
  • 2017
  • 86 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Like the first movie, this one is all about teamwork. The four members literally can't become heroes until they all put on their equipment.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though the team is the thing in this movie, the individual members aren't especially admirable. They're portrayed as dumb and stubborn and sometimes a little mean, or greedy and careless. And there are no consequences, since they end up saving the world and becoming heroes. One character cheerfully films commercials for dubious (fake) products and wears sponsor stickers on his uniform. Female characters aren't particularly deep or meaningful. But, although they bicker and tease one another, the main characters always step up when the time comes.

Violence

Mild comic-fantasy fighting. Characters are sliced with a laser sword. Shooting with lasers. Guns shown, but no shooting. Some bloody cuts/scratches. Spoken reference about killing a chinchilla.

Sex

A woman tries to seduce a man, making him read a book on tantric sex and straddling him on his lap (both are fully clothed). Fairly frequent, juvenile sexual innuendo. References to sexually transmitted diseases.

Language

A partial use of "f--k." Several uses of "s--t," plus "bitch," "ass," "screwed," "balls," "hell," "damn," "stupid," and "idiot."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Brief reference to cocaine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lazer Team 2 is the sequel to 2016's Lazer Team. Although teamwork is a strong asset in the movie, individual characters are prone to laziness, selfishness, stupidity, and greed. Expect fantasy/comic fighting sequences and blasting with laser beams. Guns are shown but not fired. Bloody cuts and scratches are shown. A woman tries to seduce a man by making him read a tantric sex book and straddling him while they're both clothed. There's also plenty of sexual innuendo. Language includes "s--t," "bitch," and "ass," plus one interrupted "f--k." There's a brief reference to cocaine. It won't convert any new fans, but it's a fair bet to say that those who liked the original will enjoy this one, too: It's juvenile, but it also has a good spirit and an appealing scrappiness.

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What's the story?

In LAZER TEAM 2, our four misfit heroes have gone their separate ways after saving the planet. But they haven't been able to remove their alien fighting gear and have fallen on hard times. When Woody (Gavin Free) and his pretty assistant, Maggie (Nichole Bloom), open a rift in space and Woody disappears through it, she calls on the remaining team members to help. At first, Herman (Colton Dunn), who wears speed boots; Zach (Michael Jones), with his laser gauntlet; and Hagan (Burnie Burns), with a laser shield, see a chance to return to their normal lives. But then they discover that their victory in Lazer Team only endangered the rest of the galaxy. Worse, a nasty military commander, Kilborne (Victoria Pratt), follows them into the rift and has other plans. Can the Lazer Team members become heroes again?

Is it any good?

Though it won't convert any new fans, this silly, breezy sequel manages to capture the same blend of lowbrow humor, affectionate characters, and love for cheesy sci-fi movies as the first movie. Coming from the Rooster Teeth team and available via YouTube Red, Lazer Team 2 wallows in juvenile humor but doesn't go over the top into vulgarity. The characters mainly make fun of each other's thickheadedness, and also poke fun at themselves.

Under all the goofiness lies genuine affection and an endorsement of teamwork. The production is once again clean, with imaginative and inexpensive sets, costumes, and props; the movie even works around showing a space battle by diverting viewers' attention to a video game on a computer screen. It's too bad that Bloom couldn't have more to do than just be a sidekick/love interest or that the female villain couldn't have been more interesting. But while this sequel may not be brilliant or memorable, it is mildly funny and pleasantly diverting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Lazer Team 2's violence. Does it make a difference that the shooting comes from lasers rather than bullet guns? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • How does teamwork matter to the story? What do the characters learn from working together?

  • What's the point of the movie's sexual content? How is it different when that type of content is used for laughs rather than for character development?

  • How does this movie compare to the original? Was a sequel necessary? Did you want to see these characters again? Why or why not?

  • Would you consider any of the characters role models? Why or why not?

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