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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages here.
Positive Role Models
Strong female lead character.
Violence & Scariness
Very spooky, constant peril, several characters die, child's behavior changes dramatically, attempted infanticide, images of suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple kisses on the couch.
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Some profanity, including one use of the F word.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Use of sedatives.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Ring Two is extremely scary, and there's near-constant peril for all the major characters. Younger and horror-adverse audiences will be frightened by many scenes and images, including the attempted murder of young children and the suicides of parents. There are deer attacks, attempted drownings, chase scenes, a spooky basement, and the non-explicit but horrific off-screen deaths of characters. There is a very graphic "suicide" and references to madness. A character swears in a very memorable and scary scene. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In addition to the many visual and character references to The Ring, those who have seen the original will notice that the sequel, while scarier, lacks the first's novelty and many of its strengths. Here, Samara is free from the rules of the first movie. She pops out of the video and into their lives without the requisite seven-day waiting period and shows no intention of leaving.
Director Hideo Nakata, who was the mastermind behind the Ring's inspiration (Japanese blockbuster Ringu and its sequel), excels at atmospherics but is lazy with plot. While spookier than the first, the bare bones of The Ring Two read like a rehashed Lifetime channel drama. If you're willing to jump over the plot's many weak bits, then this psychological thriller is a good-looking spook-fest and a should-see for fans of the original. For those looking for a tight, tense stand-alone horror movie, they might want to peek into another dark corner.
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