The Last Exorcism Part II

  • Review Date: March 1, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

Common Sense Media says

So-so horror sequel has more spooky scares than gore.
  • Review Date: March 1, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

At the start of THE LAST EXORCISM PART II, the possessed girl, Nell (Ashley Bell), from The Last Exorcism has been found. After receiving treatment, she's sent to live in a New Orleans halfway house for girls. Time goes by, she's able to hold down a job, and things seem to be returning to normal. Unfortunately, the demon that pestered her last time around is still interested in her. But this time, it requires Nell to accept its love before it can regain its powers. Nell tries to resist but finds that strange things are starting to happen all around her. Finally, she agrees to a procedure to rid her of the demon forever ... but even then, nothing is quite as it seems.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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. Indeed, director Ed Gass-Donnelly impresses more with his economical filmmaking than with his skill at storytelling or terror.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about The Last Exorcism Part II's violence. What is shown and what isn't? Which is more effective?

  • How scary is this horror movie compared to others you may have seen? How about compared to the original The Last Exorcism?

  • Is Nell a role model? One character tells her that she's responsible for her who she is, and all the bad stuff that happened to her doesn't define her. What does this mean? Is it true?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 1, 2013
DVD release date:June 18, 2013
Cast:Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark
Director:Ed Gass-Donnelly
Studio:CBS Films
Genre:Horror
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:horror violence, terror and brief language

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Adult Written byAmericanplaya217 March 17, 2013
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14
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okay

The main character talks about sex with her new pals, she hears a couple having sex in the hotel where she is working and gets turned on, the entity that is not visible is un lacing her night gown and she has an orgasm in her sleep. Towards the ending there is a lot of scenes that may be violent or disturbing to some viewers, a lot of scenes of terror, language is very brief nothing you wouldn't hear in school frequently.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byHaitham Bayazeed April 27, 2013
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14
QUALITY
 

Not that bad!!!

It has really bad reviews, but it entertains although it is dim and unnecessary sequel but as a movie it is not scary as hell, but I had nothing to do and went to watch it and found it not that bad, I mean as a movie, not a sequel, it stands alone better than for example The Devil Inside, Paranormal Activity 4.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow March 11, 2013
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12
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Imperfect, but better than the first film

The first Last Exorcism (did I just say "first last exorcism"?) received a heavy amount of positive reviews, but I found it very underwhelming. I didn't hate it, but I expected more. Its greatest saving grace was the fairly effective and wildly unexpected twist ending, which definitely left me hungry for answers. Then I heard there was going to be a sequel (I guess it wasn't the last exorcism after all), and the trailer looked OK. So, even though I didn't like the first film too much, I decided to watch it and see what it had to offer. I saw the opening weekend matinée, without my parents (first time!), and sat with a trio of girls around my age who I didn't know. They were fun ;). And as the movie got going, I actually kind of got into it. It's not a great movie, and, as with the first film, I expected a lot more, but, ultimately, it's an OK movie. Shooting it in regular, non-found footage format was a good decision that helped make the film seem original. They also made Nell a three dimensional character that I could relate to. In the first movie, she just felt like a typical damsel in distress whose only purpose was, well, to get possessed. But in this movie, she is actually quite relatable, likeable, and sympathetic. The premise feels slow and simple, but it is more engaging than that of the first film, going into some depth with the characters and slowly springing some twists into the plot. The scares, while still a bit scarce, were well presented and, while never too shocking, they were pretty effective when they wanted to be. But, like Paranormal Activity 4, this film makes the mistake of not answering any questions from the first film and just bringing up some of its own (not that it's as bad as PA4, but it has that same problem). Also, while the first film had a mediocre first and second act but a great ending, this movie had a good first and second act, but the ending was really lame. For the most part, you could see it coming, and it was presented in an oddly upbeat tone. Maybe they were doing that to give it a touch of black comedy, but it just didn't work. And, of course, I can easily tell that it's going to lead into a third film. And, of course, I'm going to have to go see it when it comes out. See how easily manipulated we all are? It's disgusting. But whatever. This film is certainly nothing special, but it's at least mildly decent. It's worth seeing, but only once.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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