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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Offers lessons in teamwork and perseverance -- as well as a bit of how showbiz works.
Encourages teamwork, honesty, persevering to overcome personal and professional challenges. Like first movie, emphasizes following your dreams (though some methods used to get there aren't always ethical), but also focuses on dealing with loss, disappointment, grief.
Positive Role Models
Buster is dedicated to following his dream but also lies to reach that dream. He cares for his cast and friends but doesn't always listen to their challenges. Meena learns to come out of her shell a bit, talk to new people. Rosita gets over her fears. Johnny stands up for himself. Clay Calloway rediscovers his love of music. Jimmy Crystal is self-absorbed, cruel.
On screen, characters are a diverse group of animated animals, but main voice actors are mostly White (with exception of Pharrell Williams, Letitia Wright, Eric André). Female characters have agency and value, are in the spotlight as much as male characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Slapstick violence and threats, but no serious/lasting injuries. Animals get electrocuted. Buster is nearly killed more than once: nearly thrown off a balcony in one scene; in another, he's pushed off a ledge but saved. Someone is temporarily kept locked in a cage. Dance-style stage fighting with a weapon turns aggressive during the live show. A weapon that looks like a gun (but isn't) is used. Miss Crawly's eye pops out from time to time. A few conversations involve a supporting character's grief over the loss of his dead wife.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple embraces and briefly kisses. Meena develops feelings for a boy she meets. A character's nakedness is implied but unseen by viewers (the characters see it). A dance move to "thrust" is suggestive but likely to be picked up only by older viewers.
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Insults include "stupid," "loser," "idiot," "freak," "rubbish," "terribly bad," "clearly poor," "go to heck," "dumb."
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Products & Purchases
Nothing in the movie, but plenty of tie-in merchandise/promotions.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sing 2 is the sequel to 2016's popular animated musical comedy Sing. Matthew McConaughey returns as the voice of Buster Moon, the starry-eyed koala theater director who, this time around, tries to stage a show at the glamorous Crystal Theater. But it will only work if he can convince the biggest pop star in the world (Bono, in his animation debut) to come out of retirement. Characters use some insult words ("stupid," "loser," etc.), there are moments of slapstick action, and a couple of scenes are violent/scary, like when a main character is nearly thrown off a balcony and later is actually pushed off a ledge (but saved at the last minute). A few conversations involve a supporting character's grief over the loss of his dead wife. A married couple kiss and embrace briefly, and two different characters flirt with love interests. Like the original, the sequel features dozens of hit classic and contemporary songs and has themes of teamwork, perseverance, and following your dreams. Most of the original cast members reprise their roles, including Reese Witherspoon, Nick Kroll, Scarlett Johansson, Tori Kelly, and Taron Egerton. New additions Bobby Cannavale, Pharrell Williams, Halsey, Eric André, and Chelsea Peretti help round out the cast. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Likely to amuse young viewers, this well-animated if predictable sequel is propelled by another medley of eclectic song covers. Although Sing 2 isn't on par, animated-movie-sequel-wise, to Toy Story 2, Despicable Me 2, or Ice Age 2, those who loved the original's music-video quality and are ready for more of the same will find plenty of tracks to play "name that tune" with throughout the movie. The intergenerational song selections range from Gen X favorites like Prince ("Let's Go Crazy") and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs ("Heads Will Roll") to oldies ("Your Song," "Say a Little Prayer") to contemporary hits like those from The Weeknd and Billie Eilish. The real surprise is that Bono and U2 allowed three of their greatest hits ("Where the Streets Have No Name," "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For") to be covered in the film.
The movie's plot is uneven, particularly since it recycles some of the same themes from the first movie. And the near constant stop-and-start of the musical numbers occasionally lends Sing 2 a frenetic quality that may not work for viewers who are sensitive to sensory overload. Adults who recognize most of the songs will get a kick out of thinking about how the producers managed to wrangle the rights to all the songs -- and how Bono was persuaded to make his voice-acting debut as a grieving rock legend (a lion, of course) who hasn't performed since his beloved wife died. Not all of the returning characters get fully rounded story arcs, but Johnny and Meena each have moments to shine and connect with someone new. There's probably no need for a third film, but audiences who are already fans of the first Sing will enjoy the music and animal laughs.
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