A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There are a few messages about how people can make their own decisions about who they are, but the story eventually nullifies these ideas.
Positive Role Models
The main character is recovering from a traumatic incident and exhibits certain kinds of bravery, but, at the same time, she still seems to be a victim. Each time she reaches out for help, circumstances demonstrate that she can't really trust anyone.
Violence & Scariness
The movie has the expected kinds of spooky stuff -- mostly things jumping out from the shadows, sudden noises, and characters screaming. Violence and blood is more suggested than shown. Some scary flashbacks are shown, with very brief flashes of gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The main character definitely thinks about having sex. She also flirts with and kisses a boy at her work. In one scene, someone or something gives her sexual pleasure while she sleeps. She moans, and an unseen force unties some of the laces on her nightgown, though no nudity is shown. She also hears a couple having sex through the walls in a hotel room she's cleaning; she clearly enjoys listening in, moving closer to the wall.
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One use of "f--k" and a few of uses of "s--t." Also "hell," "a--hole" is seen written on paper, and characters say "Jesus" and "oh my God" as exclamations.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Last Exorcism Part II is the sequel to The Last Exorcism (apparently it wasn't the last one after all), though it doesn't follow in the original's "found footage" footsteps. It's also less gory than the first movie, focusing mainly on spooky stuff -- such as things jumping out from the shadows and sudden shocks -- more than blood, though there are a few shocking moments. Language is fairly light but does include one use of "f--k" and a few uses of "s--t." There's some sensuality, such as flirting, kissing, and sensual moaning, as well as some innuendo. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Ed Gass-Donnelly impresses more with his economical filmmaking here than with his skill at storytelling or terror. Actress Ashley Bell returns as Nell, but otherwise, The Last Exorcism Part II is almost entirely different from its predecessor. This movie no longer uses the "found footage" angle (a shot of a dropped video camera on the ground signals this), and it develops Nell into a fully rounded character; last time, the focus was on the "phony" priest.
Looking frail and halfway ruined, the fragile, lovely Nell calls upon delicate reserves of strength to navigate her new world, and she's an appealing character. But the movie subjects her to too many routine, rudimentary jump-shock moments for her character to develop into anything memorable. What's more, not very many of the scares are particularly new or effective.
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