Sonic the Hedgehog 2 parents guide

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Parent Guide

This is a very faithful sequel to the original which was also unwatchable and eminently forgettable.

Overall C

Theaters: Dr. Robotnik is back, seeking a jewel that can build and destroy civilizations. Sonic and Tails team up to find the emerald before it can be used for evil.

Release date April 8, 2022

Violence B
Sexual Content A-
Profanity B
Substance Use B

Why is Sonic the Hedgehog 2 rated PG? The MPAA rated Sonic the Hedgehog 2 PG for action, some violence, rude humor, and mild language

Run Time: 122 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Having stranded the evil Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) on a planet seemingly composed entirely of mushrooms, Sonic (Ben Schwartz) is trying to settle down to life on Earth. The only problem is that, as a creature with an incredible superpower, he doesn’t really want to ease into a humdrum life. He wants to be a big hero! Thankfully, Tom (James Marsden), who initially took him in, is still there to provide some supportive guidance, which should steer Sonic in a less perilous direction. Sadly, danger isn’t going to wait for Sonic to find it: it’s looking for him.

With the help of the mysterious and aggressive Knuckles (Idris Elba), the last of a race of warriors with a grudge to settle with Sonic, Robotnik has escaped his isolation and returned to Earth! Knuckles and Robotnik are seeking the mythical Master Emerald, a source of almost unlimited power which would make Robotnik unstoppable. But Sonic has a new friend too: Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey), a two-tailed fox who will help Sonic race against the clock to beat his foes to the Emerald.

Obviously, this is a movie aimed at young viewers. Unfortunately, none of the kids in my showing seemed particularly enthused. I mean, sure, they had fun. So much fun, in fact, that they talked constantly throughout the film, something their unhinged parents decided was perfectly appropriate behaviour for a public theater. But they weren’t laughing. No one was.

I will say that this is a very faithful sequel to the original film, which is also nearly unwatchable. It was also incredibly forgettable, which, at the time, I appreciated a great deal. This means that now, two years after the first film, I’d forgotten all but the main characters. Every now and then a character from the original would pop up, plunging the entire theater into a state of collective confusion. Thankfully, the director knows that no one in their right mind will have remembered any of these characters, let alone rewatched the film, so the script exposits heavily every time someone shows up. This solves the recognition problem only to introduce a new problem - chunks of terrible exposition which make the dialogue, somehow, even more intolerable.

Unless you’re the kind of heroic parent who will take their kids to anything or the kind of person capable of sleeping in movie theaters, you wonder if there are any serious content concerns you could cite as an excuse for not seeing this. Tragically, the film is pretty clean. There are maybe half a dozen terms of deity, the old “shiitake mushrooms” replacement for a scatological curse, and a brief reference to bikini waxing. Then there’s the usual cartoony violence, and a few scenes of drinking, which I imagine are more likely to inspire envy in the parents than concern. Mostly, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is just aggravating.

Have you ever been stuck on a bus listening to some kids argue about something no sane adult would ever even talk about? Some pointless anecdote that these boundary-challenged children have decided to rehash in detail at volume in a public space? That’s essentially the experience of watching the movie. The story’s characters certainly seem quite pleased with themselves, and you know what? Good for them. Someone should be happy coming out of this screaming nightmare. I’m not.

Directed by Jeff Fowler. Starring Ben Schwartz, Idris Elba, Jim Carrey, Colleen O'Shaughnessy. Running time: 122 minutes. Theatrical release April 8, 2022. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Sonic the Hedgehog 2 rated PG? Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is rated PG by the MPAA for action, some violence, rude humor, and mild language

Violence: There are repeated instances of cartoon violence. Characters are involved in a variety of explosions and car accidents but are never injured. Criminals are seen throwing pipe bombs at the police in the commission of a robbery.
Sexual Content: There is a brief reference to bikini waxing.
Profanity: There are several terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are seen drinking and spraying champagne.

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Obviously, if you somehow enjoyed this cinematic misadventure, you might like the equally awful Sonic the Hedgehog. A much more tolerable interpretation of a children’s video game is Detective Pikachu. You might also try Wreck-It Ralph, Spies in Disguise, The Incredibles, Megamind, The Lego Movie, or Wonder Park.