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Red 2

action & adventure, comedy

In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Sloppy, cartoonishly violent sequel fails to match original.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that action/comedy Red 2 is the (disappointing) sequel to 2010's successful Red, and many of the characters (played by Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker and others) return. Violence is again the main issue, with crazy, explosive, cartoonish action/fighting/shooting scenes throughout. Characters are stabbed, shot, and killed; there are bloody martial arts fights and lots of crashes and explosions. The good guys face no repercussions for any of the violent acts they're involved in. Language is fairly minor, with a few uses of "s--t" and "bitch." Expect some brief sexual references and situations; hard drugs (LSD and acid) are also mentioned, and characters drink vodka in one scene. Commercialism is fairly strong, with several brands featured onscreen.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Red 2's violence. Why is it so over the top? Does the humor that accompanies it affect its impact?
  • When Sarah makes her first kill, how does she react? What are the consequences of her actions?
  • Did you notice any stereotypes in the movie? How does it portray older people? Are they intended to be role models?
  • How does this sequel compare to the original?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's quite possible that Helen Mirren has never had to speak such terrible dialogue in her life.

- Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail, Friday, July 19, 2013

Rotten: Ultimately, it's popcorn nihilism without the big laughs that helped distract from the casual approach to life and death in 'Red'.

- Anna Smith, Time Out, Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Rotten: If everyone delivered their lines with the rat-a-tat-tat precision of Malkovich, Mirren and Hopkins, the studio might have had a better movie on its hands.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, July 18, 2013

Audience Reviews

5 stars

This is a great summer action flick. Wonderful cast--don't have to name them all--but I was especially enamored of John Malkovich, who I usually find annoying. It seemed this part was made for him. Anthony Hopkins was superb; Helen Mirren, it goes without saying, was a hoot. Glad Catherine Zeta-Jones caught a bullet, because I didn't want her bedeviling Mary-Louise Parker in any sequels. Great fight and shoot-em up scenes, not to mention the car chases--under the tractor trailer going 60 mph, really? Probably the highest body count in any movie ever not counting war movies.

- bathshebamonk, Thursday, August 1, 2013

4 stars

I truly and extremely loved this movie. It's better than the original, finally a sequel that does it right. It's a non-stop great time from start to finish, delivering more explosive action, outrageous humor, romance and terrific suspense. A full-throttle edge of your seat joy-ride that brings on the thrills and excitement. A spectacularly enjoyable and wickedly entertaining action-packed comedy that delivers the goods. It's slick, stylish, wildly unpredictable and utterly hilarious. This movie is a real roller-coaster ride of fun that is just too good to pass up. It keeps the same vibe of the first film with its characters and just adds more great moments and development together. The all-star cast still has truly great and funny chemistry together delivering wonderfully enjoyable performances. Bruce Willis is excellent. John Malkovich is brilliant, he is even funnier in this film. Mary-Louise Parker is wonderful. Anthony Hopkins is fantastic. Helen Mirren is just simply outstanding, an actress of her caliber truly embracing this character and material and having fun with it. Brian Cox is a blast. Byung-hun Lee is terrific. Director, Dean Parisot carefully paces the story and its characters, not spoiling the surprises to early or over does it.

- allan913, Wednesday, September 4, 2013

2 stars

'Red 2' gets off to a slow start, but really picks up the pace and entertainment about two-thirds of the way through, right when Anthony Hopkins enters. The cast makes the entire film, because the script doesn't have much to say itself. All these great actors thrust together are just about the only reason to give this sequel a shot.

- fb100001048934982, Friday, August 9, 2013