The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2

  • Review Date: November 15, 2012
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 115 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Final Twilight focuses on Edward and Bella's legacy.
  • Review Date: November 15, 2012
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 115 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The final installment in the Twilight series is about fulfilling your personal destiny, as Bella realizes that she was "born" to become a vampire. The importance of family and friendship is pivotal, as Bella decides to keep her father in her life, and the Cullens summon their vampire friends from around the globe to stand with them against the wrath of the Volturi. 

Positive role models

Bella finally comes into her own and no longer relies on the Cullens to defend her. Her special defensive skills allow her to shield herself and those she loves from other vampires' offensive tactics. The Cullens are once again exceptionally generous and kind. Charlie Swan is a patient, understanding father who's willing to accept Bella as she is, even though he knows something is really odd about her. Parenthood changes Bella and Edward, who finally have someone other than each other to focus on and protect. Jacob is loyal to a fault.

Violence

(Note: Potential spoilers ahead.). For most of the movie, the threat of violence looms, so the vampires practice their combat/defense abilities before facing the Volturi. In a flashback, a bloody-faced "immortal child" and his maker, a vampire "mother," are killed and burned. During the climactic battle scene, various characters (major and minor) are injured, beheaded, burned, and otherwise hurt -- and even killed (some of the deaths are likely to be shocking). One vampire can telepathically torture people, another immobilizes their senses, and other vampires show off their abilities in battle.

Sex

Now that they're married, Edward and Bella have sex in a rather prolonged, sensuous sequence that tends to focus on close-ups of their faces and flashes of skin -- but no graphic nudity. In the final shot of the love scene, there's a glimpse of them standing in profile, and viewers can see their bare backs and the side of Bella's breast. Various passionate kisses both between Edward and Bella and other couples in the movie.

Language

Language includes "ass," "damn," "hell," "bloodsucker," "crap," "idiot," "stupid," etc.

Consumerism

Bella drives a Volvo, but otherwise there are fewer obvious product placements than in some of the other Twilight movies. Off-camera, there's loads of Twilight-branded merchandise, including apparel, posters, games, calendars, jewelry, toys, and accessories.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the final installment in the Twilight saga is a must-see movie for any fans (teen or otherwise) who've followed the series' page-to-screen adaptations -- as well as stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's public relationship. The movie is fairly faithful to the second half of the Breaking Dawn book, except that it amplifies the violent nature of the book's climactic battle between the Cullens and the Volturi. Several characters are tortured, violently beheaded, burned, ripped apart by werewolves, etc., and there are some shocking deaths (though, overall, not much gore). There's one long, sensuous love scene (with close-ups of bare skin and faces and a glimpse of the side of Bella's breast, but nothing more graphic than that), as well as several passionate kisses between various couples. Language is minimal, as in all of the movies in the series.

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What's the story?

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2 picks up where Part 1 left off: Bella (Kristen Stewart) waking up as a vampire, with her husband Edward (Robert Pattinson) and their hybrid vampire-human daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), waiting for her. Much to Bella's chagrin, her werewolf best friend, Jacob (Taylor Lautner), explains that he's imprinted on Renesmee, who grows at an extremely rapid rate. For a while, things in the Cullen household are idyllic ... until another vampire sees Renesmee, mistakes her for a vampire child (who are forbidden to create), and informs the Volturi. Alice (Ashley Greene) has a vision of the Volturi coming to kill the Cullens, so the family enlists help from vampires around the world to stand with them against the tyranny of Aro (Michael Sheen) and his minions.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Director Bill Condon has once again captured the essence of the final Twilight book, with a few twists thrown into the mix that intensify the story's thrills and chills. Ultimately, this is a tale of Bella and Edward's need to protect their daughter and family from the bloody threat of annihilation. It's exciting to meet a host of vampires beyond the Cullen crew and to see how easily Jacob settles into the role of Renesmee's protector instead of Bella's pouty lovestruck friend. Foy, who looks startlingly like her onscreen parents, does a good job of being so sweet and adorable that of course dozens of vampires would flock to defend her.

Sadly, some of the most charming supporting characters have little to do in the final Twilight, like the wolf pack and even the Cullen sisters Rosalie and Alice. But the addition of all the extra vampires, most notably Lee Pace as a Revolutionary War friend of Jasper's, Rami Malek as an Egyptian vampire, and Case LaBow as one of the Denali tribe, almost makes up for the lack of the Quileute tribe. Fans of the book will be startled by the changes to one particular sequence in the story, but if they stay patient, they'll find that, as in the novel, Bella and Edward get their perfect piece of forever after all. (Be sure to watch during the credits for the chance get one more look at all of your favorite characters from the entire saga.)

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Twilight series' impact on pop culture. Do you think the messages of the books and movies are positive? How has the off-screen relationship between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart affected your thoughts about the movies?

  • How does Bella's transformation into a vampire change her? Is she more likable as a vampire? How do her abilities as a vampire affect those around her?

  • Is Bella and Edward's romance a positive example for teenagers? What's your take on the mature issues of marriage and parenthood addressed in the movie? Parents, take this opportunity to talk to your children about your own family's values when it comes to these topics.

  • There's one part of the movie that diverges from the book; did the twists upset you, or do you understand why they made the changes?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 16, 2012
DVD release date:March 2, 2013
Cast:Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Director:Bill Condon
Studio:Summit Entertainment
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Book characters, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Run time:115 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity

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Written byAnonymous September 4, 2013
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12
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I'm so glad it's over.

Quite a heated sex scene near the beginning. Brief nudity. Quite violent a lot of ripping heads. It's just nothing your waiting for the battle, the twist is just okay, doesn't make it a good film. To sum everything up really just go see twilight and forget the rest.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written bythemerrykitchen November 16, 2012
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18
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too much for this loving mother to handle

Spoiler alert! I have not read the books, so was completely unprepared for the topic of vampire children that showed up in a heart-wrenching manner in the movie! When it shows an illegally-made vampire boy (about age 4) with a bloody mouth and then his mother killed by the Voltori followed by his own destruction (doesn't actually show his head being torn off), I thought I might explode with horror, and have felt ill ever since seeing it. Spoiler alert! The entire battle scene at the end was gripping, to say the least, but then to find out it was all a prophetic vision was pretty lame, in my opinion. Sorry to say.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educator Written byflower2011 November 16, 2012
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18
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This is NOT a Children's Movie!!! But it was epic!!!

For ages 13 and up. Overall, the only language that was found throughout the movie were the h-word, a-word, and d-word, all three being used maybe a total of three times together not each! If you could stand the sex scenes in "Breaking Dawn Part 1" then this will not be a problem. There are flashes of skin for the sex scene, like Bella and Edward kissing passionately, their legs, and some movement.. The most skin you see is Edward shirtless and a side view of one of Bella's breast that is mostly covered up with her arms. There are a few sexual innuendos made after this scene and later on more passionate kissing, but that is about it. There is a huge twist in the movie that will shock you! This is a great mix of love, emotion, and action. In reference to the violence, there is more violence in this movie than the other ones. More heads rolling, fire burning bodies, etc.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old November 16, 2012
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12
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BEST. MOVIE. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This movie is not a disappointment. It is the second best movie i have seen. Ever (Titanic is the first). I went to the 10:00 showing with my friend and I was extremely happy. I started reading the books when i was 8, i have seen all the movies and read all the books. I have loved all the movies and loved all the books. Breaking Dawn was the best book and This movies was the best movie out of all of them. As my friend said: "It is better than all other movies combined." And it truly is. There is a little spot towards the end that made me confused and like the movie didn't go off the book at all, but then afterwards, it all changes, and it makes the movie better. Hint: think Alice's visions... haha. There is lots of violence during the "battle" scene. Lots of vampire's heads are getting ripped off. There is some sex where Bella and Edward well, they have sex. Bella says, "Wow you were holding back." lots of kissing, but no nudity is shown. This movie is truly amazing. The hunt scene at the beginning is just thrilling, and it makes you want to be a vampire. Then at the end, it shows all the characters from all the movies in the credits. I cried at the end. No joke. Haha i am an emotional person. But it is truly a wonderful movie and a great end to the series. Well, i never want it to end, but if it has to end, this is a good way to end it. Warning: if you are a huge twihard and you have read all the books and seen all the movies, you will cry. I am not joking about this. But, anyways, please see this movie. It is almost the best movie i have ever seen, it is heartwarming, and wonderful. However, kids under the age of 11 might not like the violence or the sex scenes\references. Any other girl will love this movie though!!! Please see!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex

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