Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway parents guide

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway Parent Guide

This film promises adventure and comedy but it delivers flat jokes and an uninspired storyline.

Overall B-

In Theaters: Unhappy with Bea's new husband, Peter Rabbit heads for the big city where he makes new friends and sows yet more chaos.

Release date June 11, 2021

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

Why is Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway rated PG? The MPAA rated Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway PG for some rude humor and action

Run Time: 93 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Picking up where the first movie ended, Peter Rabbit (voice of James Corden) is trying to come to terms with the strange turn of events that resulted in his favorite human friend Bea (Rose Bryne) deciding to marry his worst human enemy Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson).

Peter’s usually sassy sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail (voices of Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Aimee Horne), are completely misty-eyed over the whole affair, while his cousin Benjamin Bunny (voice of Colin Moody) can’t help but point out the irony of the situation.

Yet good intentions to let bygones be bygones don’t last long because Thomas is still convinced Peter is a mischief-maker, or perhaps even a bad seed. In return for the spirit of ill-will, Peter determines to be just as bad as Thomas thinks he is. And after meeting a streetwise, thieving rabbit (voiced by Lennie James), Peter has just the role model to help him do so.

Meanwhile, not all is well between Thomas and Bea either. Having penned and painted the tale of her furry family, Bea’s children’s book has caught the attention of Nigel Basil-Jones (David Oyelowo), a potential publisher. Bea is seduced by Nigel’s promises of fame and fortune, and that makes Thomas very unpopular when he voices fears that success may cost Bea her artistic integrity.

Although tensions like these could lead to some very dramatic scriptwriting, that is certainly not the case here. Instead, this live action/animation mix steers straight into silly antics and slapstick violence. Fights, tussles, car chases, and mean-spirited behavior towards animals and people alike, may miss the mark when it comes to creating laughs. Allusions to gang culture, drug use (who knew jellybeans could produce such a high), and the thrill of a heist may also be unwelcomed surprises.

This second frolic with Peter and friends does try to pull on the heartstrings as well. This is especially true where family ties and feelings of belonging are concerned. Whether these sentimental inclusions compensate or not for the rest of the comedic clutter will be up to the individual viewer.

Based on stories and characters created by Beatrix Potter, one thing is for sure: There are some really ironic parallels between the fictional Bea of the movie facing the threat of having her work turned into mere marketing madness and what the movie has done with the real work of Beatrix Potter. (Amusingly, the beautiful English countryside depicted here was all shot in Australia.) Whether you are looking for a fun family film or an homage to the classic British author and illustrator, you are likely to be disappointed with this uninspired sequel.

Directed by Will Gluck. Starring James Corden, Elizabeth Debicki, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson. Running time: 93 minutes. Theatrical release June 11, 2021. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway rated PG? Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway is rated PG by the MPAA for some rude humor and action

Violence: The movie contains violent depictions played for laughs throughout. These include fighting, kicking, biting, hitting, tying up with ropes, being dragged, and causing property damage. Some of the violence is accidental and some is purposeful – like causing a woman to hit her head on a fridge door. No long-lasting injuries are depicted or implied. Animals are treated roughly, caught, caged and sold. Characters lie and steal, as well as belittle and betray others. A group of animals are portrayed as a gang of thugs: they plan and commit robberies and talk about “taking care” of a character that threatens blackmail. Characters participate in car and boat chases, skydiving, and other risky behaviors. Carnivores threaten to eat other animals.
Sexual Content: Some rude bodily functions are depicted. A character is portrayed as effeminate.
Profanity: Name-calling is frequent.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A character eats jellybeans and gets a sugar high: Later these effects are compared to those caused by drugs.

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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway Parents' Guide

Peter struggles with the way he is seen by Thomas. How do Thomas’s labels affect Peter’s behavior? How are the other rabbits characterized by Nigel? Why do they feel his portrayals are inaccurate? Are their other characters dealing with an identity crisis? What kind of labels might be used to describe you? How might they affect you? 

A mother tells her children that animals don’t have feelings. How do you feel about that statement? How does she treat the pets in her care? How do they treat her in return? Is there an irony there? How do you feel about this and other vengeful behavior portrayed in this film? 

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This movie is a sequel to Peter Rabbit, which is based on the children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The life of the author, Beatrix Potter is dramatized in the movie Miss Potter. Silly bunnies also take center stage in the clay-animation Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.