The Godfather: Part II

Movie review by
Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Brilliant mob movie with graphic violence.
  • R
  • 1974
  • 200 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 34 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

While the importance of family is a central theme, this is a story about the mafia family, people who seem to be above the law and justice. The only justice in this film is mob justice which means they lie, cheat and kill on their quest to amass their fortunes and build their empires.

Violence

A lot of murders, graphic violence. Shootings, strangulations, stabbings. There is an almost constant threat of violence.

Sex

Implied sex, references to male genitalia.

Language

Occasional foul language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Casual drinking and smoking, a few drunk people here and there.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this is a cinematic masterpiece, the themes and events of this film is not suitable for young teens. Graphic violence in this film is interspersed with long discussions about mafia strategy and the organization of the family. In the opening scene, a mother begs the local don to spare her only son's life at her husband's funeral. The son is shot soon after.

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byChristian W. July 19, 2020

This movie is fantastic but, doesn't strike as hard as the first.

The violence is over all, a bit less agressive in this film, and there is definitely much less sex. The language is a bit more harsh, but language happens, and... Continue reading
Adult Written byDadatyttyt June 25, 2020

Not as good as the first , but still an excellent film.

Great movie . It includes moderate violence
and profanity , but that's all. I recommend it 12 and up.
Teen, 14 years old Written byTom Cruise Fan August 22, 2015

"The Godfather Part II" movie review

I consider "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II" my favorite movie of all time. It really is one movie; it tells one story. "The... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byCommonSense77785 June 30, 2020
This is a great classic film. It brings everything a crime film does. Guns, fights, wars, betrayals, injustices, court scenes, gore, all in a pack. Certainly, a... Continue reading

What's the story?

Using flashbacks and scenes set in the film's present day, THE GODFATHER: PART II brilliantly relates the tale of Vito Corleone's (Robert De Niro) transformation into mafia don during the 1900s and son Michael's (Al Pacino) reluctant takeover of the family business in the 1950s. Rather than simply glorifying the mafia don's position, PART II presents a man who is tortured by his title. Michael is pained watching his job tear his family apart. At one point he asks his mother if his father had the same emotional issues. "How was his head?" He asks her. Unlike Tony of the Sopranos, Michael does not seek psychotherapy; instead, he uses violence and revenge to solve his problems. Not anyone, including family members, dare cross him in his quest to build the family empire, as he will not tolerate the slightest bit of disloyalty.

Is it any good?

Superbly written storylines and amazing performances by the principal actors, including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Diane Keaton, is 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 peppered with the ruthless violence we expect from a gangster film.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the kinds of decisions Michael Corlenone could have made to avoid becoming involved in the Mafia. Does the film provide an accurate portrayal of Italians in America? How might an Italian American view the film? Does it promote cultural stereotypes?

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