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Spider-Man 2

Released

Latest Home Video

Jun 12, 2012

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

127

Director

Sam Raimi

Cast

Toby Maguire

Kirsten Dunst

Studio

Columbia Pictures

Still shot from the movie: Spider-Man 2.

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Overall B+
ViolenceC
SexA-
LanguageB+
Drugs/AlcoholC+
Run Time127

Making the Grades

Once again, Tobey Maguire dons the red and blue suit in Spider-Man 2 and frankly, it's nice to have him back.

Far too often the on-screen fate of the world is left in the hands of glorified criminals. Highly trained personnel stand around wringing their hands with worry while these delinquents are pulled out of seedy holes and given access to unlimited funds and equipment. They have the freedom to engage in disreputable behavior in order to save the day and their sordid pasts are easily forgiven and forgotten.

It's no wonder the term "hero" is quickly being redefined in the minds of young audiences.

Fortunately, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) stands out in the crowd of leering, ego-stuffed, rule breaking protagonists who have commanded the screen of late.

Struggling with school, overdue bills and the ability to hold down a day job, Peter's life is so consumed with saving others that there is little time for anything else. Airborne cars and screaming sirens make the masked hero take quick action. Urgent calls to rescue victims from burning buildings and runaway trains also weigh heavily on him.

While he wants to tell Aunt May (Rosemary Harris) about his part in his uncle's death and be able to confess his love to Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst), there is never a free minute for the masked do-gooder. And the strain of it all appears to be taking its toll.

Ready to hang up his suit, Peter plans to take a new approach to life by spending time on homework and with his best pals Harry Osborn (James Franco) and Mary Jane.

However, in a nearby lab, an experimental demonstration goes seriously awry and transforms Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) into the dreadful Dr. Octopus. When surgeons attempt to remove four metal tentacles fused to his back, the elite scientist goes ballistic, totally destroying the operating theater and leaving at least one doctor dead. Having turned to the dark side, he vows to recreate his fusion invention, and it'll take superhero intervention to stop him.

Although profanities and passion are minimal (we see some kissing), the film is full of stylized action. Characters are bounced off buildings like rag dolls, dangled from rooftops, beaten up and tossed from speeding transit cars. While the violence is relatively bloodless, the depiction of body and property damage is immense.

Still, for teens, this web spinner is an unusually positive role model. Saddled with an amazing power, he has to choose between using it for good and giving it up. He learns about the difficulty of sacrifice and tries to make the world a better place even when doubters mock him.

Those noble qualities are something muscle-bound, self-absorbed criminal-type heroes will never be able to exemplify--no matter how much we glamorize them.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Spider-Man 2.

Why was the newspaper editor interested in stirring up controversy over Spider-Man? How did it affect newspaper sales? What is the ratio of positive versus negative news stories in a daily paper? Is that reflective of reality?

If people are free to make choices, can they also choose the consequences that will follow? What were the results of Peter’s decisions? How did his choices affect other people?

Who are the heroes in your life? What kind of sacrifices do they make?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence
AB PG Frightening Scenes, Unsuitable for Younger Children
MB PG Not Recommended for Young Children, Frightening Scenes, ViolenceFrightening Scenes-----
ON PG Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children
QC G Not Suitable for Children
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Spider-Man 2...

Home Video Notes: Spider-Man Trilogy

Release Date: 22 April 2014

Sony Pictures releases their Spider-Man Franchise to home video (Blu-ray). Starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco, the package features Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). Bonus extras are also includes:

DISC 1: Spider-Man

- Bu-ray copy of movie

- Gag Reel

- Costume/Makeup Test

- “Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century” documentary

- Screen Tests

- Director Profile: Sam Raimi

DISC 2: Spider-Man 2

- Bu-ray copy of movie (includes Theatrical Version & Extended “Spider-Man 2.1”)

- Audio Commentary with Filmmakers & Cast

- Ock-umentary: Eight Arms to Hold You

- “Making the Amazing” 12-part documentary

- Blooper Reel

- VFX Breakdowns

DISC 3: Spider-Man 3

- Bu-ray copy of movie

- Audio Commentary with Filmmakers & Cast

- Snow Patrol Music Video

- Bloopers

DISC 4: Spider-Man 3 Bonus Disc

- Grains of Sand: Building Sandman

- Re-Imagining the Goblin

- Covered in Black: Creating Venom

- On Location in New York & Cleveland

- Inside the Editing Room & The Science of Sound

- 3 Stunt Featurettes

Blu-ray Notes: Spider-Man 2

Release Date: 12 June 2012

Spider-Man 2 releases to Blu-ray (with UV Digital Copy) with the following extras:

- Extended “2.1” cut with optional commentary by producer Laura Ziskin and screenwriter Alvin Sargent

- Two theatrical version commentaries: - Cast and crew & technical commentary

- Twelve-part Making the Amazing featurette

- Hero in Crisis behind-the-scenes featurette

- Ock-Umentary Featurette behind-the-scenes featurette

- Five-part visual effects breakdown

- Blooper reel

DVD Notes: Spider-Man 2.1: 2-Disc Extended Cut

DVD Release Date: 17 April 2007

Coming to DVD just weeks before the theatrical release of Spider-Man 3, this All New 2-Disc Extended Cut known as Spider-Man 2.1 offers eight minutes of new footage and extended action sequences, as well as a web full of other bonus extras. Producer Laura Ziskin and screenwriter Alvin Sargent provide an audio commentary. A trivia track with integrated pop-ups takes you to on the set during key scenes. Featurettes include Inside 2.1, VFX Breakdowns (an in-depth look at the visual effects of the movie), With Great Effort Comes Great Recognition, and Multi-Angle (Danny Elfman’s Score). Of course, there is also a sneak peek at Spider-Man 3. Audio tracks of this unrated edition are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), with subtitles in English, Spanish and French.

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