Vacation Friends 2 parents guide

Vacation Friends 2 Parent Guide

Any charm from the original film has been removed and the negative content has been correspondingly magnified.

Overall D

Hulu: Marcus and Emily reunite with their wild vacation friends, Ron and Kyla, for a tropical trip. But when Kyla's dad shows up unexpectedly, things take an unexpected turn.

Release date August 25, 2023

Violence C
Sexual Content B
Profanity D
Substance Use D

Why is Vacation Friends 2 rated R? The MPAA rated Vacation Friends 2 R for pervasive language, some sexual references and drug use.

Run Time: 106 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Soon after their respective weddings, Marcus (Lil Rel Howery) and Emily (Yvonne Orji) invite party animals Ron (John Cena) and Kyla (Meredith Hagner) on an all-expenses-paid trip to a luxury resort in the Caribbean. Marcus is trying to arrange a business deal with the owners of the resort, so he needs to keep his friends under control. But when Kyla’s father, Reese (Steve Buscemi) shows up, fresh out of jail, he throws Marcus’s plans into chaos.

I thought that the original Vacation Friendswas a semi-decent comedy, if you could overlook the huge amounts of negative content. It made me laugh and it had some heart to it. Unfortunately, the sequel decided to keep the objectionable content but forgot to add in the humor and heart. This film was an absolute slog to get through. It wasn’t funny and didn’t have anything interesting to say. I don’t care about any of these characters, who seem to have lost some of the redeeming qualities they started out with and simply spend their time screaming. Yelling isn’t a joke; it’s just loud.

It really is a shame that the script let these actors down so badly, because they were great in the original, and this installment adds Steve Buscemi and Ronnie Chieng to the mix which is always a good idea. I just wish they were given more to do, especially Yvonne Orji as Emily, who the writers seem to have forgotten about for a majority of the runtime, leaving her standing around not doing much of anything.

If I’m spending my movie-watching time not laughing and regularly checking the runtime, the film is no longer a comedy; it’s a chore. And on top of the lack of substance or humor there are mounds of negative content. I counted over 100 F-bombs and I’m not terribly certain that I caught them all. There’s also a lot of substance use, in some scenes to obvious excess, and a smattering of violence thrown in. For the original I suggested that people who weren’t fussed by negative content would enjoy the film, but for the sequel I can’t even say that. After that slog I feel like I need a vacation!

Directed by Clay Tarver. Starring John Cena, Yvonne Orji, Lil Rel Howery. Running time: 106 minutes. Theatrical release August 25, 2023. Updated

Vacation Friends 2
Rating & Content Info

Why is Vacation Friends 2 rated R? Vacation Friends 2 is rated R by the MPAA for pervasive language, some sexual references and drug use.

Violence: People are shot at. Characters are involved in both a plane and car crash. A man is knocked out by a blow to the head. There is some discussion of violent acts.
Sexual Content:   There are some sexual references and innuendo.
Profanity: The script contains a minimum of 110 sexual expletives, along with around 70 mild and moderate expletives and over 30 terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults drink alcohol in most scenes, and sometimes get drunk. A man passes out from alcohol poisoning. A man smokes weed. Adults snort a powder they think is cocaine.

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For a funnier movie (despite its flaws) that is also set in a tropical resort, you can watch Ticket to Paradise. For clean and light-hearted stories set in tropical settings, you can try This Little Love of Mine or Resort to Love,