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Iron Man 2

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in this sequel. This time both halves of his identity will be challenged: the wealthy Stark by a rival businessman (Sam Rockwell) and Iron Man against super-powered Whiplash (Mickey Rourke). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: B
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 123
Theater Release: 07 May 2010
Video Release: 28 Sep 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How does humor help to mitigate the violence and serious themes in this film? Is this use of comedy consistent with Iron Man’s heritage with Marvel Comics?

Consider the character of Tony Stark. Without his suit, is he a "tough guy?" Why are many superheroes scientists or intellectuals (what we might call "nerds")? How does this affect the way the audience relates to these characters?

In one scene a character makes a remark about the US being so at peace that doors are not locked. Another character says, "This isn’t Canada!" Do you think Canadian society is really that secure? Do some regions of the US enjoy more security relative to other areas?

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