The Angry Birds Movie 2 Parent Guide
If the commercial tie in doesn't bother you, you can take your kids to this movie without hating every minute. The kids will have a blast.
Parent Movie Review
The birds of Bird Island and the pigs of Piggy Island are sworn enemies who spend their days playing pranks on each other. But their cartoon antics come to a halt when the pigs discover a third island, which is being overtaken by ice. Led by Zeta (voiced by Leslie Jones), the eagles who inhabit the frozen rock are yearning for warmer climes. Instead of planning winter cruises to the tropics, Zeta sets in motion her plans to conquer Bird and Piggy Islands by lobbing frozen ice balls at them. Nothing unites enemies like a common peril, so the pigs call a truce with the birds and they band together to defeat the eagles.
The plot sounds way more serious than the film – which is saying a lot. The Angry Birds 2 is full of silly birds acting like eight year old boys – including potty jokes and goofy pranks. But this approach certainly seems to pay off in terms of audience satisfaction. My own eight year old thoroughly enjoyed the movie, as did the other kids in the theater.
Parents will note that this film manages to include some positive messages amid the animated high jinks. The most pointed message in the movie revolves around Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), who has a compulsive need to be the hero, which repeatedly leads him to make bad choices that impair the birds’ ability to save the islands. But the plot does a good job of demonstrating how his deep-seated fear of being alone leads to his counter-productive behavior (which may lead to some useful introspection on the part of young viewers). In addition, The Angry Birds 2 delivers a positive message about overcoming differences and moving on for the benefit of others. Teamwork, communication, and courage are needed for these former enemies to work together to save both of their homes.
Fortunately, these messages are delivered without too much negative content. There are some “butt” jokes and there’s minor slapstick cartoon violence. The explosions and moments of peril may scare young children, but this movie is safe for most older elementary school kids. Parents who object to the video game tie-in and the implicit marketing that underlies the film will likely find this the most off-putting aspect of the production.
The Angry Birds 2 isn’t a film that adults will seek out for their own amusement. But it does have some compensations. There are jokes the kids won’t get and the bouncy, nostalgic soundtrack is aimed straight at the adults in the audience – Eye of the Tiger, All by Myself, Holding Out for a Hero, Happy Together. Adults will also appreciate the stellar voice cast, who manage to imbue the characters with distinct, vivid personalities. This film isn’t the worst way to spend 96 minutes in a theater with children.
The Angry Birds 2 may not be Oscar bait, but it’s a harmless, fluffy piece of kids’ cinema. It might not soar, but at least it doesn’t crash.Directed by Thurop Van Orman. Starring Dove Cameron, Awkwafina, and Peter Dinklage.. Running time: 96 minutes. Theatrical release August 14, 2019. Updated April 6, 2020
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The Angry Birds Movie 2
Rating & Content Info
Why is The Angry Birds Movie 2 rated PG? The Angry Birds Movie 2 is rated PG by the MPAA for rude humor and action.
Violence: A Some birds and pigs are injured or scared by explosions. Eggs are imperiled on several occasions and have to be saved by young birds. Pranks are a constant element of the plot. A character plans the total destruction of two islands. A character imprisons opponents.
Sexual Content: A Characters joke about mating season and the nakedness of the pigs.
Profanity: A No profanity, but lots of “butt” jokes and uses of words like “crap”, “heck” and some elementary school style insults.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A None noted.
Page last updated April 6, 2020
The Angry Birds Movie 2 Parents' Guide
Red makes bad choices based on his fear of being alone. Have you ever been frightened of being left out? What did you do about it? What can you do to make friends? How can you be a friend to someone who’s being isolated.
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