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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Kitschy nostalgia trip with some martial-arts violence.

Movie PG 1991 88 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Non-stop fun

This sequel is more exciting for the kids than the first film, with more action scenes and a big of mystery added. There is a line in the opening scene when Keno insults a female by implying she should lose weight, but young kids probably won't notice, and there is a scene when the turtles are moving out of the appartment and one of them pulls down a poster of a woman in a swimsuit, giving it a kiss. Again, probably only would be comprehended by older kids. Overall a great family film for kids that are used to seeing mild ninja fighting.

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2: THE SECRET OF THE OOZE isn't exactly timeless, but it does have a kitschy charm to it. That's either in spite of or because of the dated early-'90s fashions and the climactic scene taking place at a Vanilla Ice concert (where he performs the theme rap from the movie soundtrack). Aside from this, there's nothing in particular that distinguishes this film from other TMNT movies and TV episodes. All the usual clichés are in effect, from the massive pizza consumption to the catchphrase "Cowabunga, dudes!"

If anything, this is an opportunity for parents to share with their kids what was popular in the world of children's entertainment when they were kids -- especially in light of new TMNT movies coming out these days. As characters, the Turtles are as likable as ever with their New Yawk accents and bravado. But parents are just as likely to find this nostalgic sense from the TV show and the original movie that had come out the year before.

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