The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue

Movie review by Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Sequel is tamer, more predicable than the classic.

G 2007 68 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 10 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 5+

It's a mystery

Typical cheap 1990's direct to VHS sequel. Including the song Magcial Mystery Show that could annoy some, and stars Ralph Maccio and Eric Idle. Lots of out of context. For families that has a b movie night.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
age 6+

Bad sequel with a few "good" life lessons...

The only reason I'm giving this a 2 star review instead of 1 star is because there is a strong emphasis on the listening to authority figures and the emphasis on how cruel animal testing can be if left unregulated. The movie seems to be unbalanced with some parts being for the youngest of kids, but there is also some disturbing parts like when evil Martin experiments on the same humans that turned him evil and causes them to behave like dogs. The music is annoyingly catchy at best and flat out ear torture at worst. "Magic Mystery Show" is so annoyingly catchy it will get stuck in your head after a single viewing and if you are unfortunate to own a copy and have a young child who likes to dance it could take weeks to get over the urge to him the tune or sing it while doing housework. The worst part is that Mrs. Brisby hardly appears in the movie and they keep putting an emphasis on how great the dad Jonathan Brisby was, despite him hardly having any significant role in the original aside from being a plot device. The original had the mother as the heroine and the sequel hardly mentions her heroics aside from a quick reference to the great owl. There's some mildly funny parts that are Saturday morning cartoon level humor with slap stick and hygiene jokes about guys wearing the same underwear for more than a day and having Martin behave is a psychotically "humorous" fashion. It's one of the worst sequels ever made according to several YouTube lists and I will agree that it is pretty bad. I put drugs and violence because it does show flash backs of the rats being injected with drugs and animal torture.

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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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