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Kung Fu Panda 2

action & adventure, anime & animation, children & family, comedy


Jack Black as an unlikely "chosen one", who is trained by the "furious five" martial arts masters (Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and Ian McShane) to become the Kung Fu Panda.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    81%
  • Audience Score
    74%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
2 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5

Panda hero saves the day in surprisingly deep family film.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sequel to 2008's hit animated film about an unlikely martial arts hero returns to China, where Po (again voiced by Jack Black) and the rest of his kung fu clan must defeat a new villain who's armed with gunpowder and cannons. The movie's surprisingly poignant, sometimes serious story addresses the conflict between tradition and modernization, as well as Po's discovery of a long-hidden tragedy and his journey to accept an unusual upbringing. Not surprisingly, there's plenty of action -- including explosions, swordfights, and lots of kung fu fisticuffs. Scenes involving parent-child separation could also be upsetting for kids. Unlike the first film, this one is offered in 3-D, which can make some of the sequences feel more intense.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about family. What do you think about Po's relationship with his dad? Do you think a blood link is the most important factor in defining family?
  • What does Po learn in this movie? How does that compare to what he learned in the first one?
  • Do you think the film paints an unrealistic picture of ancient traditions? Is it possible to stand in the way of progress?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    81%
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  • Audience

    74%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It may not tread new narrative ground, but Panda echoes some worthy tales that parents heard a long time ago at a theater far, far away.

- Scott Bowles, USA Today, Thursday, May 26, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Cast: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Gary Oldman, Seth Rogen, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, David Cross, Lucy Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Dennis Haysbert, Victor Garber, James Hong Director: Jennifer Yuh Summary: As the legendary Dragon Warrior, Po (Jack Black), the kung fu panda, dutifully guards the Valley of Peace alongside his allies the Furious Five. When a frightful new enemy emerges, Po and company embark on a perilous journey to save China and the art of kung fu. My Thoughts: "Although the cast is great, I just can not get into these cartoons. I didn't care or that fact, really remember the first one so I was a little lost in the second one. So I guess they are not that interesting for me and don't keep my attention. They are forgettable. I did find this story to be more memorable and sad. I will probably end up seeing the next one made cause my nieces and nephews are fans. It's worth seeing at least once."

- LWOODS04, Thursday, January 5, 2012