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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Movie review by
Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
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Lego friends back for more adventure, action in fun sequel.
  • PG
  • 2019
  • 106 minutes
 Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 19 reviews

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

Educational Value

Intended to entertain rather than educate, but kids will learn about various Lego characters, pieces, and instructions, and get lessons about cooperation and trust.

Positive Messages

Cooperation, trust, friendship, teamwork are important to success, happiness. Don't try to change someone to be more like what you think they "should" be; love them for who they are. Never let a friend down. Siblings should find ways to play together rather than argue. Keep trying, even when it seems like you can't succeed. Togetherness is important part of Lego world.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Emmet is (almost) unfailingly optimistic, upbeat; cares very much about his friends -- especially Lucy -- and wants to do what he thinks is best for them. Lucy learns that you don't have to be tough and brooding to succeed in hard circumstances. Batman discovers value of companionship, connection. Queen Watevra is manipulative, demanding, but also well intentioned. Rex has a big chip on his shoulder, for understandable reasons; he's also a blatantly macho stereotype (intentional, played for humor).

Violence & Scariness

Lots and lots of Lego action and peril, including weapon use, explosions -- all depicted with Lego pieces. Lego characters are attacked, abandoned, imprisoned, "re-educated" (i.e., brainwashed), nearly pulled apart, etc. Spaceships fire deceptively cute explosives that decimate structures; "master breakers" can punch holes in just about anything. Characters are afraid of "Armomageddon," which would mean end of their existence. In Apocalypsburg, characters have become hardened, Mad Max-style survivors; they fight, use chainsaws, etc. Emmet has a nightmare about his loved ones falling into a scary void. Unikitty turns into a monstrous cat when she gets angry. Arguments.

Sexy Stuff

Lucy and Emmet continue to have a very close/special friendship. Queen Watevra decides that Batman will be her husband; a lavish wedding is planned, and she sings about the kind of guys she's into. Batman shows/sings about his pecs.

Language

Infrequent use of words including "heck," "butt," and "jerk."

Consumerism

It's a movie about Lego/Duplo characters, many of which have franchise/merchandise tie-ins (DC superheroes, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc.). All of the main characters are also available in various Lego kits and mini-figures. References to movies like The Matrix and Back to the Future.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A Lego champagne bottle is cracked open to serve as a propellant.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is the sequel to 2014's hit The Lego Movie. Like the original, it's a funny, entertaining adventure that centers on Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) and Lucy/Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks). This time around, they're defending themselves from mysterious invaders who seem bent on destroying Bricksburg -- and then kidnap several of Emmet's best friends, including Lucy. So you can expect lots of action, including chases, fights, rescues, explosions, weapon use, dinosaurs, spaceship battles, and more. Since everything (and everyone) is made out of Lego bricks, the stakes never feel too intense -- but younger or more sensitive kids might be upset when sympathetic characters are in peril or argue with each other. Otherwise, content is quite mild, with a couple of uses of words like "heck" and "butt" and some flirting between characters (Batman also shows and sings about his pecs). And there are positive messages about perseverance, teamwork, friendship, cooperation, and loving people for who they are, not who you think they should be.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byDan G. February 7, 2019

Entertaining Family Fare

I took my family to see the Lego Movie 2 at the very first showing at our local movie theater. As far as any objectionable material, there is a lot of LEGO fa... Continue reading
Parent Written byMarianne J. February 9, 2019

Fun day date with my boys.

My 3 and 5 year old love LEGOS so we had to go see this right away. They already want to own every LEGO made so I wasn't too concerned about consumerism.... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byJoel_5762 February 8, 2019

Everything is still awesome!!!- The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part review

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a really good and fun movie. It captures the charm of the first film and yet has a completely different vibe. It's ani... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 12, 2019

The lego move 2 ;)

it was really awesome!

What's the story?

In THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART, cheery Lego everyman Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) is pretty much the only resident of Bricksburg who's still smiling after ongoing hostilities with mysterious invaders have turned their once colorful town into a Mad Max-style wasteland now known as Apocalypseburg. Emmet dreams of a cozy domestic future with Lucy/Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), but she thinks he's too cheerful and unrealistic for his -- or anyone's -- own good. Then masked General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) arrives, loads Lucy, Unikitty (Alison Brie), Batman (Will Arnett), MetalBeard the Pirate (Nick Offerman), and Benny (Charlie Day) into her ship, and makes off for the faraway Sis-tar system, where Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi (Tiffany Haddish) reveals her plan for her special "guests." Determined to rescue his friends, Emmet sets out to find them -- but can he make it alone? And, if he does, will they even want to come back?

Is it any good?

It's not quite the lightning in a bottle that its predecessor was, but this entertaining sequel is still definitely better than the average kids' movie. In all fairness, it would have been almost impossible to match or surpass The Lego Movie, given what a delightful surprise that turned out to be. And The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is tons of fun -- it just somehow manages to feel a little bit slower/less snappy, despite the frequent action sequences. But kids will unquestionably be invested in Emmet and Lucy's latest round of adventures, and they'll love the nonstop use of creative Lego vehicles, tools, and other imaginative brickwork. And adults will get a kick out of the cameos (hey there, Bruce Willis); the punchy, pop culture-savvy humor; and the talented voice cast. Haddish is a strong addition as Queen Watevra (her song about not being into "Gotham City guys" is a highlight), and the supporting players are all strong.

The plot has some creative twists, too, and a message about cooperation and getting along that kids -- especially siblings -- will recognize and appreciate. And, believe it or not, the filmmakers manage to one-up themselves in the earworm department. If you've finally gotten "Everything Is Awesome" out of your head, be warned: The tongue-in-cheek (but accurately titled) "Catchy Song" is bound to take its place.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about movies based on toys. How do the Lego movies stack up to other toy-based franchises, like the Barbie or Transformers films? Does watching them make you want to get the Lego characters in the movie?

  • Talk about the violence/action in The Lego Movie 2. Is it less scary because all of the people and buildings are made out of Lego bricks? How much scary stuff can young kids handle?

  • General Mayhem suggests that Lucy did the bulk of the "save the day" work in the events of the original Lego Movie, calling her a strong leader who was in man's shadow. Do you agree? Does Lucy? Do you think that affects how she behaves in this movie?

  • How does the story show the importance of teamwork and perseverance? Why are those important character strengths?

  • What do the real-world characters learn in the end? How is that reflected in the movie's story?

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