Wild Things 2

Movie review by
Ellen Twadell, Common Sense Media
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Dreary sequel full of sex and violence.
  • R
  • 2004
  • 95 minutes

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Positive Messages

Conspiracies to commit crimes involving sexual bribery and blackmail, multiple murders. Characters betray one another.

Violence

Threats, shooting, stabbing, strangling, alligators attacking people. Several airplane sabotages.

Sex

Semi-nudity, depictions of male/female intercourse, female/female kissing, sex used as a bribe or blackmail device.

Language

Frequent, casual, vulgar.

Consumerism

Many glamorous shots of expensive cars, leaving no doubt as to brand.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent drinking, teen and otherwise, with no consequences.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie isn't intended for younger viewers. There are several scenes depicting nudity and love-making, including a scene with two high school aged girls and an older man. The characters use sex for leverage in a murky plot involving the riches of a deceased millionaire. Characters swear frequently. In the last half of the film, there are depictions of shootings, stabbings, and attempted strangulations. Teens engage in drinking with no legal consequences and an alcoholic character is presumed to have committed suicide.

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What's the story?

WILD THINGS 2 is a sequel to the 1998 film, and was released directly to video and DVD. The plot centers around a wealthy young woman, Brittney (Susan Ward), a seemingly perfect high school student with a tragic past. When her millionaire stepfather, Niles Dunlap (Tony Denison) is lost in a plane crash, she is orphaned and a legal battle over his estate begins. One of Brittney's classmates, trouble-making Maya (Leila Arcieri), claims to be Dunlap's illegitimate daughter, and a DNA test seems to corroborate this claim. An insurance investigator (Isaiah Washington) smells a rat and starts to delve deeper into the case, finding a web of lies and betrayal. The film devolves into a mess of murders and seductions, until very little is left of the cast and nothing is left of sympathy for the surviving characters.

Is it any good?

Where the original movie was provocative and surprising, the sequel is stale and full of plotless sex and violence. Wild Things 2 tries to follow a noir tradition, but it's too distracted by slow-motion shots of young ladies in bikinis and it lifts plot twists straight from the original. This is not a good movie for families or younger viewers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that very few of the characters striving for personal gain through crime actually achieve it. Does crime pay? Is any amount of money worth the repeated betrayals depicted in the film?

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