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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Advocates keeping an open mind -- allowing the possibility of believing in the unbelievable -- but also advocates the idea of proof. Believing in something without proof can sometimes be faith, but it can also be a deception. Acts of kindness and helping others are rewarded.
Positive Role Models
The Warrens believe in God and the supernatural, but they're also rigorous testers, seeking proof. They're kind and helpful; they often risk their own personal safety to help others; and sometimes they're simply kind, as in trying to cheer up a distraught family.
Violence & Scariness
Images of dead bodies, shot with a rifle. Open, bleeding wounds. Frequent, very scary imagery: ghosts, demons, etc. Jump-scares. A ghost attempts to strangle a character. An 11-year-old girl is possessed by a demon. Furniture and objects fly around rooms, smashing into walls. Bite marks shown. Character burned with steam. A boy with a stutter is bullied at school.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief, mild interaction between husband and wife related to not being able to sleep in the same bed.
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Infrequent language includes "oh my god," "ass," "damn," "butt," and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A pre-teen girl smokes a cigarette; a second pre-teen girl gets in trouble for holding a cigarette. Adult characters smoke. Adult characters are shown in a pub with pints of beer on the table.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Conjuring 2 is the sequel to 2013's hit horror movie The Conjuring and is also based on real-life ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). There's some bloody violence, open wounds, and gun shots, but the main issue is just how extremely scary it is. There are lots of jump-shock moments as ghosts and demons attack humans, throwing furniture around, biting, burning faces with steam, and attempting to strangle them. Language is infrequent but includes "ass," "damn," "hell," and "butt." Pre-teen girls are caught smoking at school (only one actually smokes), while adults are shown smoking on other occasions. Pints of beer are seen on a table in a pub. A boy with a stutter is bullied at school; later, his experience is referred to during an explanation of why it's important to stand up to bullies. Horror fans who loved the original will definitely want to see this, as it's a cut above the normal horror fare. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While this very scary sequel is a bit on the long side, director James Wan is at the top of his game, taking a great idea and turning it into a rare, thoughtful chiller that ponders the metaphysical. It was evident in the original The Conjuring that the Warrens would make great "ghostbuster"-type characters for any number of sequels, and The Conjuring 2 has delivered on that promise. Farmiga and Wilson have made their husband-wife team interesting, engaging, and worth following into any haunted place.
Meanwhile, Wan has turned into an astounding genre director, perhaps the best of his generation, displaying a powerful grasp of visual space, rhythms, and sounds that deserves comparison with John Carpenter and Wes Craven. Even though The Conjuring 2 is quite long (133 minutes), it never overstays its welcome. Best of all, the "true story" aspect demands that viewers ask questions about the world we live in; how much do we really know to be true?
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