What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fairytale-spoofing sequel is full of double-meaning jokes for kids and adults, as well as loads of cartoonish, action-style violence. Both the heroes and the villains know how to fight -- with their fists, feet, and fancy weapons. A couple of minor characters seem to be crushed or fall to their presumed deaths, but there's more property damage than actual injuries, and no overt deaths. There's also one use of "damn" and a fair bit of "insult" language ("stupid," "doodie," "shut up," etc.), and some families may be bothered by the somewhat stereotypical way that an ogre and a giant are portrayed. That said, there are a few positive life lessons about redemption and collaboration, not to mention that most of the best agents are female (like Granny and Red).
- Families can talk about why fairy tale adaptations are so popular. Why do filmmakers want to remake these stories again and again? What do the different versions of the tales have in common?
- Did any of the characters seem stereotyped to you? Is that OK? Why or why not?
- Do you think this sequel will appeal to viewers if they aren't familiar with the first one?