Dune: Part 2 parents guide

Dune: Part 2 Parent Guide

The pacing occasionally drags but this is a fine sci-fi film that should be seen on the largest possible screen.

Overall B-

Theaters: After the destruction of his family, Paul Atreides unites with the Fremen on a path of revenge against House Harkonnen and their conspirators. But the fate of the universe hangs in the balance as Paul tries to prevent a terrible future that only he can foresee.

Release date March 1, 2024

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

Why is Dune: Part 2 rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Dune: Part 2 PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some suggestive material and brief strong language.

Run Time: 166 minutes

Parent Movie Review

With the destruction of House Atreides and the death of Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac) at the hands of Baron Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgard), backed by Emperor Shaddam IV (Christopher Walken), the fate of Arrakis is up in the air. It seems likely that the only planet known to produce the hallucinogenic Spice needed for interstellar travel will fall under the control of the Harkonnens, but for one thing: Paul Atreides and his mother, Jessica, survived the attack and fled into the desert for refuge with the indigenous Fremen militia.

Raids against Harkonnen Spice gathering have put pressure on both the Harkonnens and the Emperor, but Paul is after more than just the Spice of Arrakis. He wants revenge, and the Fremen are just the allies he needs. But his mother, a member of the shadowy Bene Gesserit, is more interested in making an ancient prophesy come true, a prophesy that would see Paul take the throne of the Emperor and pursue a massive Holy War against their enemies – something Paul still hopes to avoid.

There’s been no drop-off in quality since the last film, I’m pleased to report. The incredible sense of scale and force that made the first entry so visually impactful is still present, and Hans Zimmer’s brilliant score continues to bring a sense of brooding significance to these massive events. But there’s more to this movie than some cool explosions, big spaceships, and good tunes. Paul is increasingly forced into difficult choices which demand that he either embrace his destiny and cause billions of deaths across the stars, or vanish into obscurity, letting his father’s killers go free.

While the narrative certainly fosters worthwhile character development, it also drags down the pacing. This sequel is a two-and-a-half hour movie, and it certainly feels like one. It also suffers from being the second film in what is clearly intended to be a trilogy, which is always a difficult position to be in as a film. You need to resolve enough to keep the story running, but not so much that you cheat yourself out of a third film. Villeneuve does a good job walking that tightrope, but I still noticed a little more drag in the film’s flow than I did the first time around.

Don’t be deterred by my minor gripes – Dune Part 2 is an excellent sci-fi offering, and it certainly justifies the ludicrous number of showings I’ve seen at local theaters. If other reviews are anything to go by, then this is going to be another big hit. My advice? See it on the biggest screen you can – and with the smallest drink you think you need. It’s a long movie without any good bathroom breaks, so plan accordingly.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Florence Pugh. Running time: 166 minutes. Theatrical release March 1, 2024. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Dune: Part 2 rated PG-13? Dune: Part 2 is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of strong violence, some suggestive material and brief strong language.

Violence: Characters are repeatedly shot, blown up, stabbed, and devoured by giant worms. Huge piles of corpses are burned. Individuals are heard being tortured off-camera. There is some bloody injury detail.
Sexual Content: A couple embrace in an implied post-coital scene. Women discuss how to control a “sexually vulnerable” man.
Profanity: The script contains two scatological curses and rare use of minor profanities.
Drugs/Alcohol: Characters are exposed to naturally occurring Spice in the environment, which is a mild hallucinogen. People see visions and have convulsions.

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This film won’t make much sense without watching Dune Part One. Denis Villeneuve has a history of excellent filmmaking including Sicario, Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, and Prisoners. Other high-quality science fiction films from other directors include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars: A New Hope, Blade Runner, Alien, Moon, and Ad Astra. A more recent offering would be The Creator.