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Parents' Guide to

Scream 2

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Slightly milder sequel to the post-modern slasher.

Movie R 1997 120 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 13+

Great tv series

Good for a horror film series. Not for young children but teens will enjoy
age 11+
are you trippin? not scary.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (75 ):

Scream 2 mainly works on the level of a fiendish, darkly humorous murder mystery. Given that the sequel to the blockbuster shocker Scream was cranked out rapidly (by the same filmmaking team of director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson), premiering in theaters a year after the hugely profitable original, the quality is actually pretty good. Once again, it's a sharp `whodunit' swathed in the clichés of a Hollywood slasher-horror film, with characters who are amusingly aware of how these things normally play out. In this feature the clever banter is broadened to include the alleged racism when black characters are the first to die (you might remember Omar and Jada) and the effects of violence in cinema and TV spilling into real-life mayhem (you might remember Get Rich or Die Tryin'). But those dialogues rarely go deep into the topic or take any definite moral position.

Maybe because the casualties are no longer underaged, or the slashing isn't quite so savage, or maybe even because there's a growing affection between squabbling Gale and Dewey (actors Arquette and Cox became a real-life married couple), the results don't feel quite as grisly. Still, SCREAM 2 is a solid `R' for content, and therefore is not recommended for kids, tweens, and younger teens.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 12, 1997
  • On DVD or streaming: August 12, 2001
  • Cast: David Arquette , Jamie Kennedy , Neve Campbell
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Dimension
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violence, mature themes, profanity
  • Last updated: November 20, 2023

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