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Jaws 2

Jaws 2
Jaws 2
Jaws 2
  • PG
  • 1h 56m
  • 1978
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… Jaws 2 surfaces from the deep with even more terror and suspense! The resort town of Amity is still recovering from the events of Jaws four years earlier when Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) receives disturbing news of fresh attacks. As Brody tries to convince the locals of the nearby threat, his own teen son ignores the warnings and braves the waters with a group of naive friends. From Academy Award®-winning producer Richard D. Zanuck (Deep Impact, Planet of the Apes) comes this terrifying second chapter of the film franchise that continues to keep audiences out of the ocean.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Jaws 2 never approaches the lingering thrills of its classic predecessor, but it's reasonably entertaining for a sequel that has no reason to exist.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Unnecessary sequel has less plot, more peril and violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jaws 2 is the 1978 follow-up to Jaws, which had once been the highest-grossing movie of all time. Just like the first Jaws, it almost goes without saying that there are shark attacks, only this one puts the teen characters as a whole in a lot more peril and panic than in the first one. There is some blood and gore in the attacks, and (spoiler alert) the shark is killed in dramatic fashion via electrocution. In terms of language, there is some mild profanity throughout, and it's worth mentioning that the phrase "for Christ's sake" is overused to the point where one can't help but notice the frequency in which it's used. There are also some teen shenanigans like drinking and sexual advances and boys talking about how a girl's breasts are comparable to a sparrow's. Chief Brody gets drunk after being relieved of duty. Cigarette smoking. Overall, this sequel doesn't really offer anything new, and whatever character development that was in the first one is forsaken in the interests of showing more scenes of a great white shark terrorizing teens.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Release Date:June 16, 1978
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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