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Zoolander 2

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Racy sequel to cult comedy hit is a hot (but funny) mess.

Movie PG-13 2016 102 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 14+


Violence 2/5 Sex 4/5 Language 4/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 2/5
age 15+


This movie had me laughing my butt off. It was really good. There was one sexual reference of an o**y that was taken very crudely that was for mature audiences. The language was for mature audiences also because they had 1 f word and 1 middle finger. There was some violence for teen audiences that was silly like when Justin Bieber got shot up about 30 times and still did not die with a machine gun and one of the main characters got a knife in their head and still lived the other was just funny and stupid. My rating R for an extremely crude sexual situation, crude humor, some language and suggestive material.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (24 ):

To enjoy ZOOLANDER 2 is to ignore all the usual ways in which you measure fine filmmaking (like plot and story arc), because a) it's a hot mess, and b) it's still funny. Nostalgia fuels the comedy, from the moment we spot Derek in all his high-haired, narcissistic glory (and brief morose "hermit crab" stint) and Hansel in his loopy, laid-back ditziness. There are few better buddies to pair up in a buddy comedy than these two. (They're well-matched by Penelope Cruz as a swimsuit-model-turned-Interpol-investigator; she holds her own against the returning stars' wackiness.)

That the storyline -- something about the fountain of youth and Derek's son -- makes absolutely no sense (and is uncomfortable to boot, given that it makes fun of a young boy's weight) doesn't fully detract from the enjoyment of seeing Derek and Hansel back in action. But make no mistake, this movie is silly, crude, and even a bit outdated with all the jokes about supermodels, their (lack of) intellect, and their obsession with weight. It's also sometimes irritating in its zany mindlessness. But anything with Stiller, Wiig, Ferrell, and Wilson deserves watching ... as long as you adjust all expectations accordingly.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 12, 2016
  • On DVD or streaming: May 24, 2016
  • Cast: Ben Stiller , Owen Wilson , Penelope Cruz
  • Director: Ben Stiller
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: crude and sexual content, a scene of exaggerated violence, and brief strong language
  • Last updated: September 18, 2023

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