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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain rather than educate, but it does teach teamwork.
Focuses on teamwork, redemption, diplomacy, courage. Encourages individuals to see past former failures and work for the common good. Emphasis on taking responsibility, asking for forgiveness, communicating, moving forward.
Positive Role Models
Red reluctantly learns to work with others and that he doesn't always have to be the only hero for others to like and respect him. He values Silver's ideas. Zeta's true motivations for being cruel are revealed; once they're dealt with, she apologizes and redeems herself. Mighty Eagle has courage to face up to his past failures. The little birds are brave to save their egg siblings.
Violence & Scariness
Little hatchlings have to save three "baby sisters" (eggs) from danger and peril on multiple occasions. The pigs play pranks on the birds. Zeta plans the total destruction of Bird and Pig Islands. Zeta has no problem imprisoning and endangering birds and pigs. Explosions and pranks momentarily injure or scare birds and/or pigs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Jokes about mating season. Two birds flirt and eventually get together, hugging briefly. Discussion of two birds that had a child together. It's pointed out repeatedly that the pigs are naked, and their butts are shown several times. Speed-dating scene where romantic compatibility is discussed.
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Insults/potty talk like "butt" jokes and "kick your butt," "crap," "what the heck," "freaking kidding me," "stupid," "weird," "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
Parody of Apple Store. The whole movie is based on a popular app that has tons of merchandise associated with it, including clothing, toys, and much more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Angry Birds Movie 2 is a sequel to the 2016 movie -- and both were inspired by one of the best-selling mobile games of all time. As in the original, there's a lot of silliness here, as well as some mildly rude and suggestive jokes. But there's also a focus on teamwork, courage, and communication. Now that Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) has won the trust and admiration of his fellow birds, he's no longer the titular angry bird -- that title belongs to a new threat: Zeta (Leslie Jones). This movie improves on the original's messages and storyline, but it still has plenty of the butt jokes, endangered eggs, and physical comedy that made the first movie so popular. There are a few mildly eyebrow-raising jokes about mating season, naked pigs, and speed-dating. A few scenes make it clear that animals are in danger, but (spoiler alert?) everything turns out just fine for everyone. It's likely to appeal to mid-elementary-school-aged kids and tweens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Silly pranks, an ace voice cast, and a super-team mission storyline make this fast-paced sequel more fun than the original. It's a predictably well-intentioned second installment, in which the birds and pigs are forced to work together against an even more formidable foe. It also shows how Red's insecurity lingers, since he was only recently accepted and respected. Although some of the movie's jokes and sight gags are recycled (because, frankly, it's unlikely that little kids will ever get tired of naked piggy-butt jokes), the addition of the third mystery island is interesting enough to keep younger audiences guessing.
The movie has a couple of romantic subplots that fall into familiar categories: "hate to love" (in this case, more like "exasperation to flirtation") and "second chance" (this review won't spoil the big reveal). One of the romances seems a bit too mature for younger kids to follow, but there's enough of a "happily ever after" to please moviegoers who are used to Disney princess-level resolutions. The app-inspired, high-contrast visuals and the cutesy nature of the birds and piggies will appeal to kids, as will the lighthearted, silly body humor. This is by no means a family film treasure, but it's sure to elicit enough laughs to make it 100 minutes of tween-friendly fun.
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