A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that like the TV series, Psych, and Psych: The Movie before it, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home is a lighthearted detective film with some violence, a lot of sexual innuendo, and a smattering of salty language. The main character uses his skill at perception to analyze details others miss in an effort to solve a crime, this time involving a friend. His buddy comedy sidekick often is on the receiving end of his quips, but theirs is a genuinely reciprocal friendship that proves valuable to their professional success. The dialogue includes suggestive terms like "boner," "pubes," and "turned on," as well as "dumbass," "damn," and "hell." Violence is minimal but still shows shootings and a handful of other similar scenes. That said, viewers who are familiar with the show itself won’t find any surprises in the content. Those who are new to the characters and their relationships will probably find it challenging to get up to speed quickly enough to jump into the fast-paced story from the start.
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What's the story?
PSYCH 2: LASSIE COME HOME opens with Detective Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) convalescing after being shot by an unknown assailant. When he starts noticing strange things happening in his recovery facility, he calls on Shawn (James Roday Rodriguez) and Gus (Dulé Hill) to investigate in his place. As the two reprise their work as pseudo-psychic and sidekick, they get pulled into a mystery with twists , turns, and even an element of the supernatural that eventually requires help from old friends. Can Shawn and Gus solve the crime and nab the bad guys before Lassiter’s involvement catches up to him?
Is it any good?
Psych fans have reason to celebrate this movie sequel. Everything they came to love about the series is back in this reunion-style movie -- the whip-smart humor, the exceptional writing, the balancing act between clever comedy and corny laughs -- and the cast picks up right where they left off. Shawn’s psychic scam is less of a focus in this story than before, but his skill with perception and attention to detail continues to prove an asset to the gumshoe team.
With both Shawn and Gus romantically attached at this stage of their lives, the focus shifts from the pursuit of love to the maintenance of their respective relationships. For much of this story, that necessitates deceiving their partners about their whereabouts and their involvement on Lassiter’s case. Psych 2 is a must-see for fans of the show and proves that the passage of time can do little to diminish the appeal of truly excellent characters and exceptional writing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Psych 2: Lassie Come Home succeeds in making heavy subjects like attempted murder and other crimes funny. Does doing so detract from the plot at all? Is it OK to laugh at what otherwise would be serious issues when they’re portrayed that way?
Part of this story’s appeal stems from Shawn’s ability to present himself as something or someone he isn’t. Is that a positive skill to have? Can it have positive effects in everyday scenarios? Even though he often lies to get to the truth, is this behavior justifiable? Does this behavior matter to you as a viewer?
This movie focuses mainly on male characters, but women prove themselves able in key moments. Does gender equality in starring roles affect how you choose series and movies to watch? In general, how does the entertainment industry portray women onscreen? How do character strengths like courage and self-confidence manifest in female characters?
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