Parents' Guide to

Zombies 2

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sweet sequel promotes inclusion, challenges stereotypes.

Movie PG 2020 84 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 7+

The coolest movie ever

It’s a very adventurous movie. There is a lot of stuff for 6 year olds but don’t worry.

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Great messages
Great role models
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age 8+

Great message to teach NOW

Zombies 2 is a great movies for kids and adults to watch together. Its message (like the message of the first movie, Zombies) is one of inclusion, diversity and standing up for what is right. Both movies teach the important idea that views can change - that talking and working to understand each other is better than prejudging based on stereotypes - a great discussion starter for talking about systemic biases and racism. The songs are catchy and fun - the lyrics encapsulate the messages. Kids will love the dance numbers and the actors and actresses work so well together. I will be the first to admit that I was never a huge fan of zombies or cheer - but it works here and I have to recommend this one!

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Great messages
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11):
Kids say (53):

Once again, it's the young people of Seabrook who affect positive change in the mentality of the whole community in this story. The predicament is understandable, given that the new arrivals are werewolves who don't come across as exceptionally friendly and whose presence causes a rift in the new, hard-fought unity between the humans and the zombies. But Addison shows impressive fortitude in relating to the werewolves on their terms and encouraging others to follow suit, and her example proves the community's saving grace. In the process, everyone learns something valuable about being comfortable with who they are and recognizing the positive qualities in others.

To be honest, though, that's not what Zombies 2's young fans will be looking for when they watch, and for them the movie plays up young love, atypical characters, and lots of impressive song-and-dance scenes. There are ample funny moments -- often at the hands of Addison's colorful and comically self-involved cousin, Bucky (Trevor Tordjman) -- and some sweet ones between Bree (Carla Jeffery) and her zombie love interest, Bonzo (James Godfrey). The werewolves command the screen when they're in a scene, offsetting the vibrancy of Seabrook High and its students with their dark ruggedness. The story struggles in parts to keep a consistent pace and rushes through plot points that deserve more time, but ultimately it's bound to be a crowd-pleaser for viewers who enjoyed Zombies.

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