Rio 2 parents guide

Rio 2 Parent Review

A lot is packed into the 100 minutes of storyline. For children (or tired adults), it feels like a lot of work to keep all of the bad guys and side stories straight.

Overall B

After taking flight in the first Rio, rare macaws Blu and Jewel (voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway) star in a sequel where their new adventures are parenthood and survival in the Amazon jungle.

Violence B-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A-
Substance Use A-

Why is Rio 2 rated G? The MPAA rated Rio 2 G
Latest home video release November 4, 2014
Run Time: 101 minutes
Official Movie Site

Movie Review

After finding his wings in Rio, Blu, a rare blue macaw (voice by Jesse Eisenberg), has settled into domestic bliss in the Brazilian city with Jewel, his significant other (voice by Anne Hathaway), and their three little chicks. As they ring in the New Year with fireworks, life is good for the little family.

But all that changes when a television news story reports the possible discovery of a flock of blue macaws deep in the Amazon. Jewel is thrilled to find out they may not be the last of their kind. And before the nerdy, nature-phobic Blu knows what’s happening, Jewel has the kids ready for a high adventure trip into the jungle to find the elusive birds.

However, for the citified macaw, this is not a journey to be undertaken lightly. By the time the family and their plumaged pals—Rafael (voice of George Lopez), Nico (voice of Jaimie Foxx) and Pedro (voice of will.i.am)—take flight, Blu has his fanny pack stuffed with every imaginable doodad, including a GPS. Unfortunately there is nothing in the pouch to smooth the ruffled feathers when he meets Jewel’s father (voice of Andy GarcĂ­a) and her childhood friend Roberto (voice of Bruno Mars).

Meanwhile Linda, Blu’s former owner (voice of Leslie Mann), and her husband, ornithologist Tulio Monteiro (voice of Rodrigo Santoro) are slogging their way through the Amazon undergrowth. They hope to spot the rare birds as well.

If that seems like more than enough storyline to fill 100 minutes, you’ll be in for a surprise. This plot also pits environmental agendas against evil loggers. And it introduces not one, but several antagonists—everything from a lollipop licking businessman to rival forest dwellers to an overdramatic cockatoo with revenge on his mind. That leads to some moments of peril for several characters. For children (or tired adults), it feels like a lot of work to keep all of the bad guys and side stories straight.

The film is also packed with a swarm of musical productions. While none of the songs will knock Frozen‘s “Let It Go” off the charts, the tunes are still catchy enough for most young viewers and give the film’s animators an excuse for plenty of flashy dance interludes that mimic the revelry of Carnival. Other numbers look surprisingly similar to West Side Story or Battle of the Year.

Most of the characters from the first movie show up for at least a cameo. And that makes for lots of juggling to give everyone some screen time. But luckily, in between all the flurry of feathers, Blu still manages to man up enough to save the flock and his little family as well.

Directed by Carlos Saldanha. Starring Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Jesse Eisenberg, Rodrigo Santoro. Running time: 101 minutes. Updated

Get details on profanity, sex and violence   Content Info

Rio 2 Parents Guide

What compromises do Jewel and Blu have to make in their relationship for the benefit of their family? Why is Jewel anxious to get the kids out of the city and have them experience nature?

Are you a nature lover or do you prefer the comforts of the city?

Related news about Rio 2

5 Road Trip Movies To Travel With This Summer

5 Road Trip Movies To Travel With This Summer

Hit the road this summer with these favorite movie characters

Could 2015 Be Another Year of Remakes and Sequels at the Cinema?

Could 2015 Be Another Year of Remakes and Sequels at the Cinema?

Movie marquees in 2014 were plastered with titles that included a "2"

Get Ready to Host Your Own Oscar-Inspired Party

Get Ready to Host Your Own Oscar-Inspired Party

The 2015 Academy Awards Ceremony is only a month away if you are planning to host an Oscar-inspired party.

Home Video Releases for November 4

Home Video Releases for November 4

Today is flying hight with movie choices for home theaters.

Transcendence Limps into 4th at Box Office

Transcendence Limps into 4th at Box Office

April Movie Preview

April Movie Preview

Captain America is one big title releasing in April

10 Summer Movies for Families

10 Summer Movies for Families

We have 10 movies your family will want to watch for this summer