The Grudge 2

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Horror sequel has intense peril and violence.
  • PG-13
  • 2006
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 23 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

 Standard horror movie sequel. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

One of the lead female characters learns to stand up for herself. Otherwise, "mean girl" teens peer pressure another girl into going into the haunted house, and the other characters are basically stock horror characters. 

Violence

Murders and disturbing disappearances. Frequent jump-scares. Scene shows woman pouring hot bacon grease on her husband's head, then smashing his head with the frying pan (bloody dead face visible in subsequent/repeat scene). Repeated scary images of ghost faces and sounds of ghost's screams. A young boy is terrorized by ghosts and the sight of his father's corpse in the kitchen. Ghost hands repeatedly take hold of victims' faces and pull them away to offscreen horror. A body falls off a roof, landing with thud in front of a horrified character. A man holds keys so tightly that his hand is bloody. A father breaks his wife's neck and drowns his young son, in flashback scenes/rehashing of what happened in the first movie. Very brief look at the "stair ghost," with jerky movements and contortions. "Mean girl" teens verbally bully and peer pressure another teen girl. 

Sex

Girls roll up school-uniform skirts to "show off legs." Glimpses of nudity in tub/shower (long shot of boy from side and back; close ups of girl's face in shower as she's frightened); a high school girl and her boyfriend rent a hotel room for sex, but she disappears before they can do it (she mistakes ghost under the covers with her for boyfriend -- creepy suggestion that the ghost is tickling/touching her below her waist).

Language

Infrequent mild profanity: "damn," "hell." 

Consumerism

Panda Express bag in one scene. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarette smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Grudge 2 is a 2006 supernatural horror film in which the evil spirits in the first movie find new victims to torment. While this teen-targeted horror sequel features relatively little actual gore, the scary scenes are tense and aggressive, with loud soundtrack effects, jarring editing, and insinuated violence. There's some brief nudity (male and female characters appear in showers and bathtubs) and a scene that sets up sex in a hotel room between two teens, but doesn't deliver because the ghost strikes. Ghost attacks throughout the movie are discordant and sometimes alarming. The ghosts are very creepy-looking, shadows and noises establish scary spaces, and characters scream and show fear and pain repeatedly. There's some actual violence (someone is slammed with a frying pan in the first scene, and murders are referred to repeatedly), as well as lots of abstract and menacing visual references to violence: blood on the walls and on a couple of faces, a broken neck in a contorted ghost figure, and drowned bodies. Cigarette smoking. "Mean girl" teens verbally bully and peer pressure another teen girl. 

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Adult Written byHorrorMovieFan2947 April 16, 2020

Sequel to the grudge

The Grudge 2 is a lot better than the the grudge. The first one is mediocre, and this movie is decent. It is not anywhere near as scary as the original, and it... Continue reading
Parent of a 8, 13, and 17-year-old Written byFernando V. April 23, 2018

The Grudge 2 Review

Who could of think a sequel to a horrible movie would be even more horrible? Oh I did. The Grudge 2 is a very confusing and non-scary sequel that it gets borin... Continue reading
Kid, 0 years old August 16, 2019

Good sequel not the best

I’v seen all the grudge movies, this one was the worst of all... the first is way better.. the third Is way better to.... this movie is just plane not cool... i... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 19, 2014

Not good if you get scared easily!

The Grudge was my very first horror movie, and I liked it so I decided to watch the second one. It is way better than the first but has more violence. My best f... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE GRUDGE 2 has three storylines that deal with the theme of vengeance that has shaped all of the movies in the Ju-on franchise. When Aubrey (Amber Tamblyn) learns that her sister, Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is in a Tokyo hospital, she flies to Japan to get Karen back. In addition to Aubrey's trip to Japan, the movie follows Trish (Jennifer Beals), who moves in with Bill (Christopher Cousins) and his two kids. All will suffer the effects of the Grudge curse. Trish's family arrangement repeats -- but also refracts -- that of the original Grudge family. The Japanese family appears again in grainy video images, signaling both their existence in the past and their continuing presence in a perpetual loop. Insanely jealous husband Takeo (Takashi Matsuyama) again breaks his wife's neck and drowns his young son. These original victims become the ghosts who terrorize new prey. Among these are schoolgirls Miyuki (Misako Uno), Vanessa (Teresa Palmer), and Allison (Arielle Kebbel), who come to the family's house on a dare and then pay dearly.

Is it any good?

For all its jump-out-at-you surprises, grim shadows, and anguished victims, The Grudge 2 isn't very scary. More abstract art than conventional horror cinema, it's more interested in parsing the idea of repetition and the basis and method of revenge. Rejecting formula by reconsidering formula, it is, perversely, singular.

Rethinking the very concepts of remake, sequel, and translation, director Takashi Shimizu's seventh film in the Ju-on/Grudge series is actually a series of events that must be assembled by the viewer at the end -- the events occur at different times, or maybe at the same time, but they most definitely don't occur in linear time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the idea of revenge. Why do people want to inflict pain on and get "even" with those who they think have wronged them? Does revenge ever help you feel better, or does it just prolong the bad feelings and pain? 

  • Why do you think sequels are made when they are almost always never as good as the first movie? What are some of the few examples of sequels being better than the original? 

  • How does the movie show and imply the killings of the different characters? How does the movie use jump scares and music to heighten suspense? 

  • Talk about the enduring appeal of ghost stories. What are your views on whether strong emotions can continue to "occupy" a place?

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