Men in Black II

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Crazy creatures, some scares, and loads of fun.
  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 43 reviews

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Positive Messages

Humans at their best are protectors of the Earth and can triumph over superpowered invaders from outer space (albeit often with the help of over-the-top weapons). And, as always in comic battles like this, teamwork matters, and the good guys (both human and alien) prevail.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The members of the MIB agency are loyal, valiant, smart, strong, and male. With the exception of one innocent witness to a major crime, the few females (including the arch villain) are depicted as sexy and wear skimpy clothing and underwear throughout. It's an ethnically diverse cast (the hero is an African-American) and multicultural ("interplanetary" characters are everywhere).


Continuous comic-book action with colorful, hyped-up weapons and superpowers. Extraterrestrials are armed with a wide variety of fangs, antennae, and "monstrous" talents. Serpents strangle, insect heads are whacked off and regenerate, a giant worm destroys a subway car. And, amid the explosions, gunfire, punches, and wild rides, good guys (helped by heroic aliens) blast their way through the ultra-high-tech sets to save the planet.  


A flirtation, sexy clothing, a kiss during which the female's tongue becomes a snake, and one brief description of a past romantic encounter.


Some mild off-color dialogue and insults: "putz," "idiot!" "kiss my ass,"  one "crap," one "hell," and a question about "anal probing."


Mountain Dew, C & H sugar, Kinko's, TV GUIDE, Sprint, Burger King, EBay, the game of Twister, and Crown Prince canned food.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One short scene shows some alien worms smoking cigars and drinking adult beverages.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sequel to Men in Black is filled with imaginative creatures and weird life forms, the more outrageous and humorously creepy the better. Giant worms, multi-headed beings, slithering serpents, as well as humans morphing into all manner of the grotesque, battle or aid the heroes. Cartoon action is nonstop; weapons range from giant ray guns, vaporizing explosions, crashes, martial arts, even a near drowning in a toilet bowl. Other than the very young who are not yet able to distinguish reality from fantasy, or especially sensitive kids, most will experience the movie as a hilarious thrill ride. Some mild off-color dialogue and insults ("putz," "kiss my ass," "crap," "hell"), some flirting, a kiss (which turns into an attack by snake tongue), as well as females who wear provocative bikini underwear in numerous scenes. Lots of commercial products are seen or mentioned.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 and 10-year-old Written by@jimr January 25, 2016

Entertaining for kids and adults - language a bit worse than summary indicates

Kids and I really enjoyed the movie - fun characters and jokes but the use of words like "ass" were a little too frequent for me. Not that kids don... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 and 12-year-old Written byLupak January 3, 2013


Very good movie. But violence, and provocated humor is innapropriate
Teen, 17 years old Written bydavyborn April 7, 2012

Cruder, grislier sequel isn't as good as the first film

Men in Black 2 continues Barry Levinson's sci-fi-alien-comedy sage of sorts, but it doesn't work nearly as good as the first film, which felt like the... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old September 9, 2017


It is good but violent. In one part there is a ballchinian which is not very appropriate.

What's the story?

At the end of Men in Black, agent J (Will Smith) erased the memories of his partner, K (Tommy Lee Jones), so that he could return to a normal life. As MEN IN BLACK II begins, a scary-looking alien (disguised as a Victoria's Secret model and played by Lara Flynn Boyle) returns to Earth and only K knows how to deal with her. J has to track K down, restore his memory, and work with him to save the planet from the scum of the universe.

Is it any good?

This sequel may not be quite as good, but it's still loads of fun and pretty funny, with many imaginative creatures. Men in Black was wonderfully original and achieved near perfection with a tone that was just off-center and the essence of cool, a satisfying story and spectacular special effects; it's hard to live up to that.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Men in Black: II's violence. How did it make you feel? How much of it consists of special effects? Does the impact of movie violence change based on how realistic it is?

  • Why doesn't J want to erase Rita's memory in Men in Black II? Why is it important to find someone you can tell your real feelings to?

  • How do the characters demonstrate teamwork? Why is that an important character strength?

  • What do you think creatures from other planets might be like? Why does the way we think about them tell us more about us than it does about them?

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