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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While importance of family is a central theme, story is about a Mafia family, people who seem to be above the law and justice. The only justice in the film is mob justice, which means they lie, cheat, kill on their quest to amass fortunes and build empires.
Positive Role Models
Vito, and, later, Michael, do what they need to do to provide for their families, in spite of double standards of being devout Catholics while also engaging in murder, extortion, etc. Movie shows struggles faced by Italians upon arriving in New York City, and, while centered on ugly actions of mafia, also provides glimpse into lives and culture of Italians as they began to assimilate into American life, in spite of prejudice and poverty.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent mob movie violence. Murders, graphic violence. Shootings, strangulations, stabbings. Almost constant threat of violence. Sex worker shown dead in a bed, handcuffed, covered in blood. Suicide in a bathtub, body shown, arm and wrist covered in blood. At peak of a heated argument, Michael slaps Kay in the face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Implied sex, references to male genitalia.
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Profanity throughout, including "f--king," "bulls--t," "son of a bitch," "ass," "piss," "bitch." Racial slurs in reference to Latinx and African American people. Ethnic slurs in reference to Italian Americans.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol drinking at a massive First Communion party, some characters visibly and audibly drunk. Wine, champagne drinking. Cocktail drinking in nightclubs. Cigarette, cigar smoking. Talk of dealing heroin.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Godfather: Part II is the classic 1974 crime drama centered on the rise of Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) and the power struggles faced by his son Michael (Al Pacino). Unsurprisingly, there's frequent violence. Characters are shot, stabbed, and strangled to death. The aftermath of a suicide in a bathtub is shown. In another scene, a sex worker is dead in a bed, handcuffed and covered in blood. Some profanity is heard, including "f--king," as well as racial and ethnic slurs, plus sexual innuendo concerning male genitalia. There's wine and champagne drinking at a lavish First Communion party, including a character who is visibly drunk, as well as cocktail drinking in nightclubs and cigarette and cigar smoking. Overall, this movie and the first Godfather are defining classics of the Mafia genre, and their influence on later mob films and pop culture reverberates years after they were released. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Superbly written storylines and amazing performances by the principal actors, including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Diane Keaton, are why PART II is considered a cinematic masterpiece. It's often called the best of the Godfather trilogy. Given its presence in hip-hop and general pop culture, kids will want to see this film. Yet, due to violent content, parents might want to think twice before allowing them to do so.
The film has the unmistakable air of saga as it moves back and forth through time, juxtaposing Michael's emotional struggle with becoming a don to that of his father's seemingly effortless rise to power. In doing so, Francis Ford Coppola is able to maintain an amazing balance of powerful character-driven stories with the ruthless violence we expect from a gangster film.
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