Now You See Me 2

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
Now You See Me 2 Movie Poster Image
Slick, charming sequel has similarly intense fights, action.
  • PG-13
  • 2016
  • 115 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Amid the scheming and plotting, teamwork and loyalty are strong theme -- i.e., united you stand, divided you fall. Sometimes, letting go of anger and resentment is the fastest path to inner peace.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though the the Four Horsemen and their leader, Dylan Rhodes, don't always have pure intentions/methods (they scheme, steal, etc.), they're ultimately motivated by a need to avenge the innocent and unmask the guilty. And they do often end up doing what they think is right and just. 

Violence

Characters speak with relish about killing others. In a few intense fight sequences, characters punch, shoot, and throw things at each other (in one scene, a glass bowl is thrown at an assailant's face) and shove each other around. Tables are upturned, cars catch on fire, characters are thrown out of planes -- it’s mayhem. A child watches a magic act in which his father drowns; a disturbing reenactment of that incident nearly ends in tragedy again. In some of the magic tricks, it's made to look as if Lula's head and hand are cut off, with blood spurting everywhere.

Sex

A passionate kiss. A woman takes off her lacy black bra while being searched.

Language

Words include "oh my God," "Jesus," "hell," "crap," "s--t," "d--k," "a--hole," "bulls--t," and "damn."

Consumerism

Apple, Sands, and Mercedes Benz all make an appearance in some form.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking by adults.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Now You See Me 2 is the sequel to 2013's popular, magic-centric heist flick Now You See Me. It reunites most of the actors from the original film (including Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Mark Ruffalo) -- and adds some newbies (like Daniel Radcliffe) -- for another entertaining caper. There are plenty of intense action and fight sequences that might be too bone-crunching for younger viewers (characters punch, shoot, and throw things at each other, people fall out of planes, etc.), and the traumatic death of a character's father when the character was a young boy is discussed frequently. Expect some swearing -- including "damn," "s--t," and "a--hole" -- as well as social drinking and a passionate kiss.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15 year old Written byJWilliams303 June 10, 2016

Not at all a bad one to see

I will be completely honest here and say that the first Now You See Me was an okay one in my books. I didn't think anything greatly about it but I did find... Continue reading
Adult Written byStevie111 June 10, 2016

Now You See Me 2 is a good sequel and not too mature

Now You See Me 2 is entertaining and has a good, original story. It doesn't feel like a total repeat. Like the first one, there isn't really much matu... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAshleyyholcomb June 12, 2016
Great movie!! Really hard to find a movie that has a sequel as good as the first one. I suggest rewatching the first one so that you understand the plot when yo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byJake53 September 11, 2016

Perfect, just perfect

This movie is insanely awesome! The sequel did everything the first one did, and did it better! It is so fun, especially the card scene when they kept passing t... Continue reading

What's the story?

In NOW YOU SEE ME 2, the sequel to 2013's Now You See Me, the Four Horsemen (or, rather, Three Horsemen and One Horsewoman, with the latter now played by Lizzy Caplan rather than the original's Isla Fisher) -- J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) -- are back from a year's disappearance, awaiting word on their next move from FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo). Rhodes is now very much part of their act, albeit silently, and their nemesis -- constant debunker Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) -- is behind bars. But Bradley's plotting to unmask the Horsemen and Rhodes continues, and when their return act goes awry and lands them in Macau, they discover that a previous run-in with their billionaire-backer-turned-enemy (Michael Caine) is far from over: Now his son (Daniel Radcliffe) is gunning for them, too.

Is it any good?

Much like its predecessor, this heist thriller's main driving force is the stylized, large-scale magic tricks that the film uses to both dazzle and take the audience behind the scenes. It's perhaps even more seductive than the original film, as viewers are both in on and out of the act, depending on which best suits the plot. We're invited along by an appealing ensemble led by the reliably brilliant Ruffalo, whose authenticity grounds even the most outlandish scenes, and enjoyably dastardly addition Radcliffe, who appears to be relishing a rare menacing turn.

Nonetheless, Now You See Me 2 sometimes feels too slick for its own good, with the performance set pieces sometimes taking too long to unwind -- enough to make even avid magic fans impatient for the big reveal. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the Four Horsemen do what they do in Now You See Me 2. What motivates them? Can they be considered "good guys" even if they resort to less-than-legal means to do their work? Do they demonstrate teamwork?

  • Can you think of other movie/TV characters who break laws but are still considered do-gooders? How does that impact their status as role models?

  • How does the violence in this kind of movie compare to what you might see in an action movie or a horror one? Do different types of media violence have different impact?

  • What's the film's take on unity and loyalty? How does it explore these themes?

Movie details

For kids who love thrillers

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