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T2 Trainspotting

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Sequel is appealing; still full of drugs, sex, language.

Movie R 2017 117 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

Choose Your Future. Reminisce the Past.

T2: Trainspotting is a great sequel that beautifully concludes an entertaining but dark story. If Trainspotting was embracing the drug fantasy, T2 is a snapback to reality. Violence is a bit more frequent than before. Two characters fight and tackle each other in a pub. Another character's arm is brutally cut open with lots of blood. That same character is seen being hung to near-death. Earlier in the movie, a man nearly commits suicide by choking himself in a plastic bag, alternatively he is shown falling off a rooftop but the aftermath is never shown. Language is still as frequent as ever. Constant use of "f#!k", "$h!t" and "c#nt". Less frequent use of "ar$e" and "p!$$". Sexual content is graphic, but mandatory in introducing two characters. A woman anally penetrates a man with a strap-on and that same man is seen with his bare genitals exposed. A woman is seen bare breasted in a brief sex scene.
age 18+

Boring

Boring sequel about smackheads getting high

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Director Danny Boyle's sequel, arriving 20 years after his groundbreaking original, maintains an energetic visual flair, as well as confronting, rather than ignoring, the passage of time. Trainspotting exploded on the film scene with incredible electricity, pulsing music, and powerful, often harrowing visuals. Like Pulp Fiction, it felt like it could change the world. T2 Trainspotting manages to establish that that kind of youthful exuberance can't last forever, but that, even as reality sets in, life doesn't stop either. ("Choose life.")

The characters still have a fascinating chemistry, now working because of their history rather than energy. Boyle's smart choice of music includes new remixes of some of the original's classic tunes (like the iconic "Born Slippy"). The new film includes many choice flashbacks, as well as modern mirror images of the original, but it also cleverly acknowledges the trappings of nostalgia. On the downside, the screenplay has a particularly sloppy plot hole, and the women (Shirley Henderson and Kelly Macdonald) are relegated to small roles. That said, striking newcomer Anjela Nedyalkova holds her own against the lads as Simon's sort-of girlfriend Veronika.

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