What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Haunted House 2 is the sequel to the Marlon Wayans' horror-spoof A Haunted House. It has nonstop sexual content, including tons of crude innuendo and some nudity (female breasts and a male bottom). There are also jokes about racism and bodily functions and even a brief joke about priests and little boys. Language is very strong, with constant use of the "N" word, "f--k," and "s--t." Some horror movie imagery is shown, with blood, fighting, dead bodies, and (fake) dead animals. Drinking and drugs are also an issue, with overt, jokey scenes of smoking pot, drinking, snorting cocaine, shooting heroin, taking pills, and making meth. A young boy is present during some of these scenes. The first movie made an attempt to focus on characters and relationships, but this sequel drops all that in favor of bad jokes and bad attempts at parody. And even though it's all played for humor, there's no escaping the fact that this movie is bursting with inappropriate content.
  • Families can talk about the appeal of horror spoofs. Are they better than a straight horror film? How does the movie use images similar to those in horror movies but make them less scary?
  • How does A Haunted House 2 use stereotypes? Does it address them thoughtfully, or does it use stereotypes for laughs? Is that OK?
  • How is sex used in the movie? What's the intended effect? Does the movie ever discuss sex in a mature way?
  • How are drinking and drugs used in the movie? Are there any realistic consequences for substance use? What message does that send?
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