The Last Exorcism Part II

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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So-so horror sequel has more spooky scares than gore.
  • PG-13
  • 2013
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAmericanplaya217 March 17, 2013

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... Continue reading
Adult Written byjoshua martinez March 3, 2013

13 and up.

this horror second sequel movie based on the first film the last exorcism part 2 is definelty not worth watching it is it worth the money time or disturbing ima... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHaitham Bayazeed April 27, 2013

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... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow March 11, 2013

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... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love scares

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