Rio 2

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Catchy music and just a few predators in fun sequel.
  • G
  • 2014
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 23 reviews

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

Educational Value

Young viewers will learn environmental lessons about the importance of wild birds, keeping the rainforest safe from logging companies that destroy natural habitats, and information about various parts of Brazil shown in an entertaining musical sequence.

Positive Messages

Plenty of positive messages, both environmental and personal. The story teaches kids the importance of the Amazon and keeping wildlife habitats safe from destruction and stresses the necessity of a close family and a home where you can be yourself. The movie also encourages viewers not to judge others by superficial differences, because characters who seem dangerous might not be and might actually be a friend or ally.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Blu and Jewel are wonderful parents who teach their children different sets of skills -- both an appreciation for the domestic world and their wild habitat. The kids are all smart, active, and curious juvenile birds. Linda and Tulio have the birds' and the Amazon's preservation in mind. Eduardo and Roberto are brave leaders who want to keep their blue macaw community safe. Gabi's obsession with Nigel (to the point that she's willing to help him poison and kill if she has to) is funny but also borderline disturbing.

Violence & Scariness

Nigel has a one-track plan to poison and kill Blu. His beloved poisonous frog companion is always willing to donate her poison for the cause. The blue and red macaws threaten one another and engage in a winner takes all "turf war" that turns out to just be an aggressive game of soccer. In an extended scene, loggers fight the birds with cranes and other construction vehicles, while the birds peck and descend on them. The loggers also tie up Linda and Tulio and leave them to the elements. Lots of physical comedy and a sequence in which animals keep getting eaten/killed (albeit comically) by predators in the Amazon (but later those same animals are shown miraculously fine). The bad guys are creepy looking and mean.

Sexy Stuff

Blu and Jewel are married, as are Linda and Tulio. They're affectionate and kiss a couple of times. Jewel's childhood sweetheart Roberto is called "sexy" and "hot" and preens around her, making Blu jealous by singing, dancing, and saying things like "If anything happens to you, I'll take care of your family." Gabi the poisonous frog sings a slightly creepy love song about wishing she could be with her love, Nigel.


Insults like "idiot" and "stupid."


Rio has merchandise tie-ins to video games, apparel, and stuffed toys. One of the macaw kids listens to music on her iPod.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults are shown with champagne glasses.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rio 2, the sequel to 2011's hit animated adventure Rio, is another colorful, musical tribute to the natural beauty of Brazil, this time in the Amazon. Although the human threats are less scary here than in the original movie, there are now potentially frightening scenes of wild Amazon predators (jaguars, crocodiles, etc.) swallowing their prey. It's portrayed comically, but it may still upset some kids. Nigel, the vain villain from the original, is back, now with a poisonous frog sidekick who's more than willing to do his bidding. Still, despite the predator-prey scenes, this is a lively musical adventure that's perfect for families who enjoyed the first Rio.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynduns April 15, 2014

I disagree with the critics. I think this is better than the first one

I dunno, I just like the fish-out-of-water concept a bit better than the typical looking for human owners scenario and the characters are fun to the point where... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 8, 2014
I was really excited for this, but it went downhill. The cast were good. I really enjoyed Andy Garcia's role as Jewel's father. Call me weird, but thi... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byits_alexis.mitchell April 23, 2021

Great cast and music, a bit too violent for younger viewers

I think this movie is okay. The movie explains to care for the forest. Has a great cast including Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries), Jamie Foxx ( Annie) and... Continue reading

What's the story?

In RIO 2, rare blue macaw lovebirds Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) are now married with three juvenile birds of their own, living in the bird sanctuary established by their married human friends Linda (Leslie Mann) and Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro). During a trip to the Amazon, Linda and Tulio discover that there are more blue macaws living in a remote cluster of Brazil nut trees deep in the rainforest. When news gets out about their discovery, Jewel decides that her overly domesticated family needs to go to the Amazon and find out about their roots -- and, as it turns out, her father, Eduardo (Andy Garcia), and old boyfriend, Roberto (Bruno Mars), are the leaders of the flock. Blu has a tough time acclimating to his new wild environment, but even more trouble is brewing: A greedy logging CEO and Blu's old nemesis, Nigel (Jemaine Clement), are both set to destroy the macaws and their habitat.

Is it any good?

Director Carlos Saldanha continues his visual love letter to his home country of Brazil with a second adventure exploring the natural beauty of his native land. The plot of Rio 2 may not be as thorough or exciting as the original, but moving the adventure to the Amazon adds even more colors and animals to a franchise that differentiated itself with its detail to landscapes and location. And thanks to spectacular singers like Mars, Kristin Chenoweth (as Gabi the hilarious poisonous frog), and Janelle Monae joining, Clement, and Hathaway, the music is once again fabulously memorable.

Rio's "fish out of water" plot line for Blu already felt played out by the time the original movie was over, so it's a bit of a drag to see him still struggling to fit in with his wild(er) mate Jewel's idea of home. And Fernando, the orphaned boy who played such a prominent role in the original, is only seen once in this installment. But even though it's not quite as singular as its predecessor, Rio 2 is still a fun and thoughtful sequel that will make families leave the theater happy and ready to samba, learn capoeira, and adopt a capybara.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way Blu's family is presented in Rio 2. What about Blu seems similar to how dads are often depicted in movies and on TV? Do Jewel or the kids fit into any stereotypes -- or challenge them?

  • What makes animal adventures so appealing? Why do filmmakers -- and families -- gravitate toward movies that have animals as their main characters?

  • What did you learn about Brazil, especially the geography and culture? Does the movie make you want to listen to Brazilian music or to learn more about Brazil, wild birds, the Amazon, or any other wild animals?

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