What Parents Need to Know
Parents Need to Know that X2: X-Men United is the action- and violence-packed second film in the X-Men blockbuster movie franchise. The action in the fight scenes is unrelenting and, though cartoonish and rooted in comic books, features moments where the President of the United States is pinned down on his Oval Office desk by a knife-wielding mutant, police officers are burnt to a crisp, and soldiers are clawed to death by Wolverine. At other moments characters are kicked, thrown, and shot at. Teens smoke in a mall, and Wolverine is often seen with a cigar in his mouth. There's occasional profanity ("s--t," "ass," "tit," "dick," "hell") and some product placement as characters drink Dr. Pepper and Miller Genuine Draft.
- Families can talk about how the the mutants' fight for acceptance mirrors the struggle to overcome racism and other forms of bigotry in our society. Is the metaphor effective?
- If you saw the first X-Men movie in this series, which do you like better? How are they different?
- How well do you think comic books translate to feature films? Which comics-based movies have made the best adaptations?