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Life-Size 2

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Lackluster sequel struggles to find appropriate audience.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

With Eve's help, Grace learns to forgive her mom, come to terms with her childhood disappointments, become more self-confident. As a result, she becomes more open to love, friendship. Modern Eve doll styles reflect issues in awareness of girls and young women today, including social activism ("Woke Eve") and gay rights ("Love is Love Eve").

Positive Role Models & Representations

Eve's loyalty, honesty, commitment to Grace help her friend get through a difficult time. Grace begins story being petulant, self-involved but evolves in positive ways.

Violence
Sex

Frequent instances of innuendo. Grace wakes up in bed next to Eve, asks her if they slept together (Eve, misunderstanding, says they did) and if Grace was her "first girl." A friend calls Eve Grace's hookup. A reference to sexting. Butler hints at having a crush on a guy. Grace alludes to concept of sexual harassment when she warns Eve that sitting on Santa's lap while he says "ho, ho, ho" might not be a good idea. Eve flirts with Chef Hyde by complimenting his juicy pecs. Mention of Grace "becoming a woman" on her 13th birthday.

Language

"Damn," "hell," "badass," "b.s." occasionally. Also name-calling like "dweebettes" and "brat."

Consumerism

The movie is a sequel to Life-Size.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Heavy drinking, intoxicated behavior at a party. Grace dances on table, complains about her mom while drunk at a party. It's implied that she wouldn't have remembered sleeping with Eve afterward (though that didn't really happen). She also downs a mimosa at brunch, orders several more, seemingly drowning her malaise.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Life-Size 2 is a sequel to the popular 2000 film Life-Size. Once again Tyra Banks plays Eve, a doll who comes to life when a young woman and a girl cast a spell that asks for her help. The premise is similar to that of the original, but the content is far more mature this time around. Sexual innuendo is prevalent, including talk about hooking up, two women sleeping together, sexting, and the suggestion that women sitting on Santa's lap may have sexual implications. Also expect intermittent language ("damn," "hell," "b.s.," etc.) and heavy drinking and drunken behavior at a party. While there is some value to Grace's evolution from brooding and sullen to self-confident, and to Eve's hand in helping that happen, this movie struggles to match its mature content with an audience that will accept its farfetched premise of a magical life-size doll.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bySsj5gal December 30, 2018

No moral messages in this story

The first movie like all older movies had a moral to the story. It was sweet and showed how a girl overcame losing her mother and growing into a strong confiden... Continue reading
Adult Written byKenneisy December 26, 2018

Horrible sequel

I recently rewatched the first movie with my 6 yo daughter, she loved it and was an immediate fan. So when she saw the ad for the 2 part, she was very excited.... Continue reading

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What's the story?

In LIFE-SIZE 2, toy company heir Grace (Francia Raisa) struggles to resolve her feelings about being left with a Marathon Toys franchise once owned by her mother, Eleanor (Nina Leon), after Eleanor is sent to prison for investment fraud. When Grace dismissively agrees with the company's board to discontinue the iconic Eve doll, her young neighbor Lex (Alison Fernandez) begs her to reconsider and, in a stroke of destiny, discovers a spell book that helps bring Grace's Eve doll (Tyra Banks) to life. With things taking a turn for the worse at Marathon Toys, Eve and Lex set about persuading Grace to redesign the Eve doll to appeal to a new generation and breathe new life into the fledgling company.

Is it any good?

Where Life-Size went mostly right, this sequel misses the mark at just about every attempt. A story about a doll that magically comes to life to help her best human friend overcome some real-world troubles seems geared toward a younger audience (like the original film), but there's far too much sexual innuendo and other grown-up stuff in the mix to make it a safe choice for general family viewing. At the same time, the story is too preposterous -- and the adult characters' willingness to accept the magic at play too ridiculous -- to keep teens' and adults' attention for long.

In the category of redeeming qualities, Life-Size 2 turns up one: Tyra Banks. She's a total delight as the naïve Eve, oblivious to real-world social mores but utterly devoted to and a champion for the struggling Grace. She eats butter by the pat, wears her formal evening attire to brunch, and is surprised to learn that not everyone has extendable hair like she does. She's also refreshingly honest and uninhibited, which wins her friends. Banks does what she can with the content she's given, but even that isn't enough to bolster this mostly disappointing sequel.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Grace overcomes the emotions that hold her back at the beginning of Life-Size 2. For what reason, if any, does she blame her mom for her predicament? How does she let that resentment control her actions? How does having a friend like Eve help you persevere in difficult times?

  • What is this movie's target audience? Does it serve them well? How might the content have been changed to make it more appropriate for a younger audience? Do you think the story is family-friendly overall?

  • Is subliminal advertising in TV and movies something that people should be concerned about? Do you find that seeing products in this light makes them more appealing to you? Is that necessarily a bad thing?

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