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Happy Death Day 2U | 2019 | PG-13 | – 4.6.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Happy Death Day 2U” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “violence, language, sexual material and thematic elements.” The evaluation includes a few kissing scenes, cleavage exposing outfits, several scenes of murder, accidental death and suicide with bloody results shown, and a couple of F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”

In this sequel to 2017’s Happy Death Day the Groundhog Day premise continues with a college student (Jessica Rothe) entering another time loop, and repeating a nightmarish cycle of death after death after a night of drinking. In this new cycle she must defend not only herself but also all her friends and a sorority from a band of murderers in baby face masks. Also with Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Suraj Sharma, Sarah Yarkin, Rachel Matthews, Phi Vu and Steve Zissis. Directed by Christopher Landon. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Asian languages with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:40]

Happy Death Day 2U SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A woman wearing a bra and underwear that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders, midriff and thighs falls out of an airplane (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) and falls in slow motion with two obscene hand gestures and a smile, in front of a couple that is kissing passionately on a bench (the woman’s hand is on the man’s knee and thigh). A woman wakes up on several mornings in a man’s dorm room: in three of these scenes she wears a T-shirt and underwear (we see her bare legs up to the top of the thighs), in two other scenes he lies on top of her (both are clothed) kissing her briefly and then stands up. A man wearing only a towel from waist to knees reveals his bare chest, shoulders and abdomen in a woman’s dorm room; seeing two women in the room, he says, “Nice, a three-way,” and one of the women slaps his chest twice in anger and he winces.
 A couple kisses on a bench in a few scenes. A woman kisses a man in a hallway for several seconds. In a scene in a washroom, a woman stands behind a man with a gun at his head and says, “Put it away,” and we hear a zipper zipping below the frame, but see no flesh.
 A woman wears a tight, low-cut top that reveals cleavage and her tight, short skirt bares her legs to mid-thighs and she wiggles as she walks. A woman wears a tight, short dress that reveals cleavage and bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman appears for several seconds wearing short shorts that end at the upper thigh.
 We hear that a married doctor and professor nicknamed “Professor [sexual reference deleted]” has been having an affair with a student nurse, but we do not see them interact. A woman shouts at a man in a hallway, “You are gay!” A woman sees a man with another man and gives him the thumbs up sign, but he just shrugs. A woman asks a man if he accessed spam-porn on a lab computer; he shakes his head. A woman asks another woman if she is pregnant and the answer is “No.”

Happy Death Day 2U VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 - In a time loop, several murderers wearing masks pursue a number of college students, murdering a few of them every day, only to have them revive in the morning as if it were all a nightmare. A few stabbings occur off-screen, with blood shown in close-up on knife blades (we hear flesh being cut below the frame once). A few characters are shot and/or struck with heavy, blunt objects on the head. A woman tells two men about being caught in a time loop and murdered every day and we see quick flashbacks containing some struggles and a little blood; she tells one of the men, "You're gonna die again, and again, and again."
 A woman points a gun at a man, shoots a long knife from his grasp and knocks him down with a punch, they struggle and another woman shoots a third woman in the side, producing blood flow (she survives). A man points a gun at a woman and then shoots another woman, saying "I want a divorce" (we see a little blood). A woman struggles with a man and switches on an MRI machine causing a wheelchair to pin the man in the opening of the MRI, while a screwdriver flies out of the woman's hand into the shouting man's chest, with some blood flow as he dies. A woman shoots a man in a hospital bed and we see some blood spurt. A sequence is shown twice where a man is stabbed while sleeping in this car (no blood shows) and he wakes up screaming; in the street, a skateboarder almost hits him, a dog attacks him without hurting him, and he throws a rock over a hedge where a man stands and shouts, "Ouch!" A woman knocks out a police officer, takes his pistol and follows a trail of blood through hospital corridors, finds a dead woman on a floor in some blood, is attacked by a man, and the woman shoots into a gas canister to cause an explosion; she then wakes up in her bed. A masked man chases a woman, falls down a concrete staircase, gets up uninjured and goes after the woman again, but she falls out a high window and wakes up in bed uninjured.
 A woman commits suicide several times to reset a time loop after a friend says, "You could just kill yourself": she falls backwards out of a cargo plane and wakes up the next morning uninjured, she lies clothed in a tub of water and puts an operating hair dryer into it, waking up with long hair standing on end and smoldering, she dives into a wood chipper and we see two wide sprays of blood, she drives a car erratically through a chain-link fence and into a giant electrical transformer (we see sparks, an explosion and hear twisting metal) and then she wakes up complaining of pains in her stomach, she falls backward off a high tower and lands in slow motion in her bed where she wakes up, and she drinks drain cleaner in a store and falls dead as a customer rushes away and she wakes up gasping.
 We see a dead woman on the floor with blood coming from her mouth and side. We see a woman near a plastic curtain, facing the camera in close-up, with blood pouring from her mouth; the camera pans to show a bloody knife blade sticking out through her stomach. A TV report shows the faces of three dead people (two men and a woman) and a woman screams and runs out of the room.
 Many people wearing masks exit an arena during an evacuation; one masked person chases a man who yells for help, they enter a basement where we see masked mannequins, the chased man screams and a woman hits the attacker over the head with a heavy object. Three people take a ball bat into a dark lab where they are attacked by a knife-wielding man wearing a mask; they knock him unconscious with a heavy object (no blood appears). Two women walk through a dark construction area where plastic curtains flutter and one woman carries a sledgehammer. Two women trapped in an elevator escape after the power goes out. A man and a woman tie a man to a chair in a laboratory and switch on a machine that lights up and emits many laser lights along with throbbing noise. A woman breaks a glass case with her covered elbow and removes a fire axe as a police officer points a gun and tells her to put it down; he handcuffs her as she struggles. Two campus police officers and a shouting civilian man scuffle twice with a younger man over a machine and the shouting man unplugs it. A man sprays a fire extinguisher at two guards to knock them down. A woman pretending to be blind hits a man in the leg and nose with her cane and we see a bloody nose stopped up with Kleenex; she pulls a wall tapestry down over her and the man scuffles with her on the floor for several seconds. A woman is frustrated with dying nightly and waking up every morning and she becomes angry, shouting at people, grabbing someone's book and slinging it away and pushing people out of the way. A man hits another man in the groin and the victim yelps and holds his crotch. During end credits, scary-looking government agents confront five college students, taking them to a facility to look at a time machine.
 An explosion occurs in a lab and men and women are thrown in silent, slow motion action; two police officers are thrown through a glass wall and we see a lot of breakage, but don't hear the glass break until all the people are lying on the floor (we see no injuries, but people wince and moan in pain). A woman passes out and wakes up again in a hospital bed, looking fine. Lights flicker in a hallway and glowing embers fall from a ceiling in slow motion around a man and a woman standing together and kissing (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).
 A man off-screen says, "I think I just [scatological term deleted] my pants." A man shouts, "I will kill them!" A woman shouts to a man about another woman, "Kill her!" A man sees and hears another man shouting in a hallway and enters a dorm room, where he argues with a woman inside.
 A TV report shows the face of a serial killer and a voice says he is on the loose. A TV plays a scene in which a woman screams at a claw coming at her from off-screen. A man scares another man in a chemistry lab and both scream loudly. A woman sits up in bed and screams in close-up into the camera. A woman meets her mother, who is dead, and she cries for several seconds.
 A man picks his nose, but we do not see the material. A woman pretends to gag and retch in a scene. A man tells a woman that she was wasted last night and was going to choke on her own vomit (we do not see any vomiting). We hear a toilet flush off-screen. We see a man's head and shoulders and hear urination below the frame. A man wears a white shirt that appears blood spattered throughout the film (it's actually just a design).

Happy Death Day 2U LANGUAGE 5

 - About 2 F-words, 4 obscene hand gestures, 20 scatological terms, 10 anatomical terms, 19 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, insane, stupid, creepy, dummy, dumb, doohickey, douchebag, whoring goat, crazy white girl, Grandpa, fake-Ryan), exclamations (shut-up, jeez), 12 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Jesus, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |

Happy Death Day 2U SUBSTANCE USE

 - A woman pulls an IV line connected to a clear liquid out of her arm (there's no blood), and we see two rows of bottles of chemicals and several bottles that look like prescription medications in a lab. A few men and women speak of drinking but we do not see any drinking.


 - Time loops, doppelgangers, slasher films, multiple murders, anger, planning, meeting tough challenges, survival, helping others, sacrifice, friendship, family, love, jealousy, memories, happiness.

Happy Death Day 2U MESSAGE

 - Every day provides a chance to become a better person.


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