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Lethal Weapon 2 Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Yet another disappointing summer sequel, Lethal Weapon 2, with Danny Glover and Mel Gibson reprising their cop-buddy roles in pursuit of South African drug lords. [7 Jul 1989, p.A]

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Lethal Weapon 2 is bang-bang and brain-dead in roughly equal measure. If there's an advantage this time out, it's that the film seems to play the action (and its lead character's psychoses) more for laughs. [7 Jul 1989, p.1D]

  • 80

    out of 100


    Loaded with the usual elements, Lethal Weapon 2 benefits from a consistency of tone that was lacking in the first film. This time, screenwriter Jeffrey Boam and director Richard Donner have wisely trained their sights on humor and the considerable charm of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover's onscreen rapport.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    Before it skids out of control in the final sequence, the film is so careful to preserve its successful comic-action formula that it follows the most basic law of sequels. If you liked ''Lethal Weapon,'' you'll like Lethal Weapon 2; it's almost as simple as that.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Lethal Weapon 2 is that rarity - a sequel with most of the same qualities as the original. I walked into the movie with a certain dread. But this is a film with the same off-center invention and wild energy as the original.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Violent sequel adds Joe Pesci to the buddy cop formula.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains graphic violence and a sex scene. There are several shootouts, some beatings, and a stabbing. Though the violence is graphic, the camera doesn't linger on the characters' suffering. The villains are racist South African diplomats, and the film seems to draw a connection between their country of origin and their racism. Though this made sense at the time, it might give young viewers the impression that Apartheid is still policy in South Africa. One character is essentially given a pass for money laundering.

  • Families can talk about the mix of comedy and violence here. Does the comedy make the killing less intense -- or does the combination seem odd to you? Can you think of other films that mix these elements?

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    Messages: Not applicable

What to watch for
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    Violence: Onscreen shootings, death by nail gun, explosions, stabbing.

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    Sex: A recurring condom joke, brief simulated sex, female nudity.

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    Language: Plenty of cursing.

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    Consumerism: Part of a series of films. There are references to Subway, Ramses condoms, GMC.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Alcohol, smoking, portrayed in a negative light.