Parents' Guide to

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Game-based sequel levels up the positive messages; peril.

Movie PG 2022 122 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 23 parent reviews

age 13+

Innuedo land

The adult themes and innnuedos in this movie are just ridiculous. I know there are adults who cant move past childhood but this movie should be geared towards the younger generation. Again the cartoon series is not any better even when I was a kid. Just know there are innuedos, shirtless men, a pointless dance scene, cursing without cursing. Yes Im a prude. Its a no for me.
age 9+

Characters say "hell " 2 times.

Overall I can see the appeal for school age boys 5 and up who know who the character Sonic is. The movie itself has a lot of action so that's a plus for holding young viewers attention. I hate to sound old-fashioned, but I really don't like that a character said the word " hell" two times. And through out the movie at least 3 or 4 times there were some approximations . Like instead of saying the f word they substituted for a clean word that begins with the same letter, but you knew what they meant. Seems with the language it should have been rated pg 13, but them they wouldn't reach their target audience of 5 to 13. Overall,my kid really enjoyed it but just a heads up to parents who care about the language their children are hearing.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23 ):
Kids say (60 ):

Transforming a video game character into a hilarious preteen alien who wants to be a superhero is a stroke of brilliance. It's an incredibly effective way to deliver relatability and positive messages to young viewers. That said, the action comedy embodies Sonic's point of view almost too much: It feels like a fifth grader hopped up on sugar, running at full speed in a million different directions. Part of the story focuses on how Sonic's relationship with Tom and Maddie has developed since the first film. They're Sonic's guardians and treat him as their child, and through the story they come to recognize that they're a family. But since Tom and Maddie function as his parents, the writers have to get them out of the way so they don't stop Sonic from going on a wild adventure. They travel to Hawaii for the wedding of Maddie's sister, Rachel (Natasha Rothwell), in a subplot that's meant to tie up loose ends but really creates an unnecessary distraction from Sonic's story.

Meanwhile, Dr. Robotnik's mustache has grown along with his insanity while he's been exiled to the Mushroom Planet. As he works to achieve world domination, yet another subplot features his adoring henchman, Stone (Lee Majdoub), trying to reunite with his boss. While it's very funny, this adventure ultimately bites off a bit too much, trying to show kids what it means to be a hero, what it means to be a friend, and what it means to be a family. It all gets swallowed and digested, but it sure takes a long time to chew. Still, the meandering story will likely only be a concern to adults. Kids will probably think this sequel, like Sonic, is out of this world.

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