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Parents' Guide to

Lethal Weapon 2

By Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent sequel adds Joe Pesci to the buddy cop formula.

Movie R 1989 114 minutes
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Based on 4 parent reviews

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Not as bad as the first installation

It’s quite violent and there’s a bit of swearing but not as bad as the first film. My 11 year old has seen all four films and loves every single one.

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (9 ):

More manic than its predecessor, LETHAL WEAPON 2 is a formulaic sequel to the first hit film. Initially, it takes itself less seriously than its predecessor, adding another comic foil to the mix in the form of Pesci, who makes the most of a small role. The comedy is crass at times, like when Murtaugh sits on a toilet that's rigged to explode. These comic moments give way to a more serious second half, in which the film goes to great lengths to justify the inevitable blood-soaked climax.

The film tackles issues of race in a very simplistic way, conflating South African apartheid with Nazism. It's telling that Riggs' favorite TV shows are the 3 Stooges and Looney Tunes -- both chock full of violence and laughs. The mix of violence and laughs on display in this film feels more sadistic and unnecessary than cartoonish. Though it has the forward momentum of a good action movie, this uneasy mix keeps it from being thoroughly entertaining.

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