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Iron Man 2

  • Rated PG13
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action & adventure, drama, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire Tony Stark in this thrilling sequel to the worldwide blockbuster. Now that his superhero secret has been revealed, Tony's life is more intense than ever.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
4 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Downey whips out the big guns, sexy banter in fun sequel.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sequel to Iron Man has even more explosions and action than the original, but it also ups the snarky humor and sexual innuendo. The two biggest concerns for parents are violence (while there's not much blood, there are plenty of bombs, weapons, and fights, as well as two men who are briefly shown hanging to death) and consumerism (several brands are featured again and again to the point that the movie seems like an expensive commercial for Audi, especially). Although there is only one climactic kiss, there are lots of double entendres and innuendo-filled jokes that may go over the heads of tweens and younger teens. Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, is still not the role model of power and responsibility that Peter Parker is, but he knows when and how to help. Scarlett Johansson's character is strong, but she's so objectified it's hard to think of her as a role model to young girls.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the immense popularity (and profitability) of comics-based movies and superheroes. What do you think is the appeal of superhero flicks? And what's up with sequels? Why do you think almost every superhero movie has at least one sequel?
  • Are weapons of war glamorized in the movie? Should weapons be portrayed as that shiny and cool? What message does this send?
  • Ivan Vanko is obviously a criminal, but is he justified in feeling wronged by the Stark family? Who is on the right side of the argument?
  • Tony Stark says he doesn't need a sidekick, but in the end, he does need Rhodey's help. Is Rhodey more than a sidekick? How is their relationship different than the typical hero-sidekick dynamic?
  • In the world of superheroes, Tony stands apart as a pretty selfish rich guy outside of his Iron Man persona. Discuss how he's different than other comic-book heroes like Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Bruce Wayne/Batman?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It doesn't come close to the emotional heft of those two rare 2s that outclassed their ones: Superman 2 and Spider-Man 2. But Iron Man 2 hums along quite nicely.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Not as awesome as the first one but a whole bunch of ass kicking goodness involved!! Cant wait for Thor, Captain American and the Avengers.

- jmanard52, Monday, October 4, 2010

4 stars

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Clark Gregg, John Slattery, Jon Favreau, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Leslie Bibb, Garry Shandling Director: Jon Favreau Summary: Wealthy inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) -- aka Iron Man -- resists calls by the American government to hand over his technology. Meanwhile, Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) has constructed his own miniaturized arc reactor, causing all kinds of problems for our superhero. My Thoughts: "I was going to start comparing it to the first but stopped myself. Instead I will just say on it's own, it stays true to super-hero flicks. There is plenty of action, great characters, and a good story line that gave us a bit of history on Tony's father. Even the additional character's in this film where enjoyable. Liked Scarlett Johansson in this. I was skeptical of her being a bad-ass, but she totally pulled it off. I would go as far as saying that if they gave her a spin-off with that character, I would see it. My niece and nephew loved her and cheered her on in her butt-kicking moment. There's also plenty of humor in this film as well. Robert and Gwen are pretty good together and have great chemistry. I enjoyed their back and forth bickering. Mickey Rourke was a great villain. I thought he was great as 'Whiplash'. Just a fun action film. See it if you haven't.."

- LWOODS04, Thursday, November 11, 2010

3 stars

Iron Man 2 offers everything the first horse out of the summer movie gate should have--action, effects, spectacle, humor and girls whose mothers you'd certainly like to meet. It also ups the ante but delivering a great story that effectively builds upon its predecessor from a couple years ago. Iron Man 2 is more of the same with some nice upgrades (namely Scarlett Johansson) and a couple of twists that threaten to eat the plot. The performances are great and Jon Favreau outdoes himself with the direction. My only complaints were the believability of Don Cheadle in the suit (that scene where he lands at the military base says it all) and the Transformers 2 style blurred action that gets piled on you so quickly you have to be on valium to process what just happened. The story comes on pretty furiously but misfires a little bit in the 3rd act, otherwise the good seriously outweighs the weak. And stay through the credits. A second viewing keeps the anticipation from forming too much of an opinion but still a fun ride.

- mjgildea, Wednesday, November 10, 2010