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It Chapter 2 | 2019 | R | – 5.8.10

content-ratingsWhy is “It Chapter 2” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes full male and female nudity without obvious genital detail, an implied sex scene, a possible implied sexual abuse instance, a few kisses, and several cleavage revealing outfits; many scenes of a menacing clown with a long tongue and a large mouth full of sharp teeth that threatens and kills people in bloody and gory ways, many large creatures that threaten and chase people, and many scenes of flashbacks to frightening events in the lives of several teenagers; and over 100 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Sequel to 2017’s It, based on Stephen King’s novel: When violent acts begin in a small town, a man (Isaiah Mustafa) remembers that similar events happened when he was younger. He contacts his old group of friends, all of whom have moved away and have forgotten many of the details. Nevertheless, they do gather again to track down the menace and destroy it for good. Also with Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Directed by Andy Muschietti. [Running Time: 2:50]

It Chapter 2 SEX/NUDITY 5

 – A fully nude female creature charges into a room and we see her bare breasts, abdomen and legs without obvious genital detail (please see the Violence/Gore category); we see this creature in the same state in a later scene also. A fully nude man steps into a bathtub and we see his bare back, buttocks and legs — his genital area is in heavy shadow. A fully nude woman walks in the background of a scene and we see her side buttock and side as she moves behind a wall. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage on a movie set. A skeletal creature appears to have a pronounced pubic bone. A teen boy’s bare abdomen is shown when others carve letters into his flesh. A man’s bare abdomen is shown when he lifts his shirt as letters are carved into his flesh. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and her bare legs to the upper thighs while seated.
 A man and woman kiss while under water. Two men embrace and kiss twice (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A wife kisses her husband on the cheek. A teen boy leans toward a teen girl to kiss her (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A man and a woman fall back on the ground and the man lies on top of the woman briefly. A teen girl hugs her father after he sprays them both with her dead mother’s perfume and he asks if she will always be “Daddy’s girl,” (it’s not clear if a sexual abuse situation is implied).
 A man onstage starts to tell a joke about his girlfriend finding him masturbating to her best friend’s Facebook photo. A man asks how a woman how she slept and it is implied that they slept together. A man tells another man, “You’re hot.” A woman finds a postcard with a love poem addressed to her from a “secret admirer.” A teen boy is rebuffed by another boy and the second boy calls him names in front of others (implying that the first boy is gay). A teen girl tells a teen boy that her father told her that the boy has a tumor on his genitals. A man makes a joking reference to having sex with another man’s mother. A woman remarks about remembering seeing several teen boys in their “tidy whiteys.”


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It Chapter 2 VIOLENCE/GORE 8

 – Four young men and teen boys surround two men and one is punched in the face, and they punch and kick each of the two men repeatedly (we see very bloody faces and hear the splattering of blood); one man is picked up by two of the others and thrown over a bridge and into a river below where he flails and calls for help; a clown on the river bank retrieves the man from the water and holds him, bears many sharp teeth and bites his chest pulling off flesh — and what could be his heart, with a lot of blood as he chomps.
 An orderly in a mental health institution walks toward a guard and when we see him, he is shown with a lot of blood on his shirt and a slash on his throat as he falls to the floor dead. A man stabs another man in the face with a knife (we see the blade inside his mouth and blood on his face; the man then hides behind a shower curtain and stabs his assailant in the chest (we see blood on the wound). A young girl follows a lightning bug under dark bleachers during a ball game; she encounters a clown that entices her to move closer to him as he drools, bares large sharp teeth and bites her face and head (we hear a crunch and do not see the child again). A boy is trapped in a hall of mirrors in a carnival fun house where a menacing clown pounds its head against the glass until it breaks, bears its sharp teeth and chomps down on the boy (blood covers the glass) as a man on the other side of the glass screams.
 A man in a tub seems to cut his hand with a shard of broken glass and we see the flesh open and blood flows; the scene cuts to the man motionless with blood on his hand and arm, and pooled on the floor (it is an implied suicide and we see the man dead in the tub with blood again later). Fortune cookies at a restaurant pop open and creatures crawl or fly out (we see a crab-legged creature with the head of an infant, a large eyeball with tendrils and a bat-like creature, and molten liquid pours across the table while severed human heads float in a large fish tank); the people around the table yell and one man pounds a chair on the table trying to crush the creatures.
 A man tackles another man and presses a knife toward his head until we hear a crunch and we see that the attacker was stabbed in the head from behind (he falls dead with blood on the wound). A man grabs a woman’s arm and accuses her of lying, he slams her against a shelf and grabs her around the throat, whips her with a belt repeatedly, and throws her on a bed; she hits him with a picture that breaks and cuts his face (we see a bloody cut) and runs out of the house. A teen boy puts a gun to a man’s head and pulls the trigger (it does not discharge), and the man puts the gun to the boy’s head and it fires (we see a bloody hole in the boy’s head as he falls back). A boy with tendrils growing out of his face and head charges a man and the man pushes him under water, where he seemingly drowns. Many bloody body parts are shown floating out of a rain drain.
 A man crawls toward a rain drain when he thinks he hears his brother’s voice and when he reaches in for him, many grey-tinged hands pulls his arm and a large hand with claws grabs hold of him and tries to pull him in the drain (he gets away). A giant, fully nude female creature (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) charges toward a woman, who runs away and struggles to unlock a door to get out. A creature with a decaying face, exposed bone and gray-tinged skin skitters out from under a bed toward a man and hands him a knife. After killing an orderly, a man breaks out of a mental health institution, gets into a car with a zombie looking creature (with decayed face and grey-tinged skin) and they drive away. A Paul Bunyan statue becomes animated and chases a teen boy as it brings a tool with a blade or point down into the ground near the boy; the statue bears sharp teeth and yells as the boy cowers on the ground. A teen girl’s head bursts into flames and she turns into a creature that chases a teen boy: he hides in his locker and barges back out when he sees a menacing clown that’s inside with him.
 A teen boy follows the voice of his mother into a basement where he finds many used syringes and IV bags of blood and he sees his mother strapped to a table (we see goo and matter on the straps) as a creature hidden by a tarp moves toward them; the boy runs out of the room leaving the woman screaming as the tarp pulls away to reveal an emaciated body with a long slimy tongue that is pushed into the woman’s mouth; the creature then grabs a man who strangles it and pokes one of its eyes out (goo spurts out) and a torrent of black slime covers the man. A giant fully nude female creature (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details) pops out of water in a rain drain and pulls a woman under; several men dive under to retrieve the woman and they all cough and sputter. A giant menacing clown sprouts crab-like legs and sharp teeth and chases several people through a cavern; one man falls in water and cannot surface (he swims to an opening), and the clown creature chases the others and snaps its teeth at them; two men face three doors and must choose which one to go through, they choose one door where a severed body (with blood at the waist) walks toward them, and then another where a small dog sits and it grows into a giant sharp-toothed creature and they slam the door and run. A man falls onto the ground in an underground clubhouse and the house fills with dirt nearly burying him; at the same time a woman is locked in a bathroom stall and the room fills with blood that nearly drowns her until she kicks the door open and pulls the man to safety. A man throws a poker into a large creature’s multi-toothed mouth and it flails around as is impaled on a pointed structure. A man is stabbed through the back with a giant claw (we see blood on the wound and in his mouth as he dies).
 A teen boy’s body is shown in a fridge and it is folded unnaturally, his flesh is grey, his eyes are discolored and his severed head rolls out and onto the floor, where it talks and sprouts many crab-like legs (we see them poke through his skin and out of his eye); it bears sharp teeth and bites one man on the face, another man stabs the creature and it lets go and skitters out of the room. A man reaches into the chest of a creature and pulls what looks like its heart out and he and four other people crush it in their hands (we hear a squish and see some blood drops). A man pulls a leg and tendril off a creature and blood spurts. People whisper about a young boy being responsible for the death of his parents in a fire and we see a flashback to flames in an apartment and charred hands struggling to open the door as a young boy watches from the hallway. A man holds his abdomen and when he lifts his shirt, we see bloody letters being carved in his flesh. A man talks to a woman and drools, smears white paint on his face and cuts bloody cuts into his forehead and cheeks to look like clown makeup before laughing maniacally. A teen boy is held on the ground by other boys and we see a bloody cut on his abdomen (like a letter being cut in his flesh). Several teen boys fight and one punches another in the face (we see bloody nose). Several teen boys hit another boy on the back of the head as they leave a classroom and call him names.
 Several people climb down a shaft, between narrow passages and into a cavern, and we see human remains on the ground a few times. A man rides an old bicycle and its handlebars become loose causing him to wobble and nearly fall. A man pours lighter fluid into a vessel and lights it on fire; several people stand in a circle and place personal artifacts in the flaming vessel, then chant as a passage with what looks like teeth in its walls opens above them and glowing orbs spin around. A teen girl has a cut and bruise on her cheek, a boy has a bruise on his face, another boy has a bandage on his head and another has a cast on his arm. A woman on a movie set is shown with stage blood on her face and chest.
 Many people are shown in a mental health institution where one man jumps on a window ledge, jumps up and down causing others to become agitated, and is taken out of the room by an orderly. Five people rush out of a cavern as its walls crumble and through a dilapidated house as it breaks apart and sinks into a hole in the ground. We see a passage that appears to be throbbing and has what looks like teeth in its walls as glowing orbs spin around at the top of it. A man hallucinates and sees skeletal looking creatures and glowing orbs during a tribal ritual. A man float in the air and is held by a bright light (his eyes become discolored and he is motionless). A teen girl floats in the air and her eyes are discolored as she stares into a light source above her. A man is startled when a boy carrying many balloons runs into him. A woman trips and a man catches her before she falls. A husband and his wife argue on the phone while he is driving through city traffic and he drives through a red light and is T-boned. A young girl is shown to have a birthmark on her cheek and she talks about people teasing her about it.
 A teen boy approaches two men and slaps a cup out of the hand of one man while yelling at them and calling them names. A young man approaches a house where several police officers hold him at gunpoint, wrestle him to the ground, and charge him with murder. A boy approaches a man in a restaurant and the man becomes agitated, grabs the boy, and yells at him. A man grabs a boy by the arms and shakes him telling him to leave a town and never come back. A young boy yells at a teen boy, “You lied and I died” repeatedly. A teen girl is accused by her father of being responsible for her mother’s suicide and he says, “She was embarrassed to be your mother.” A teen boy is rebuffed by another boy and the second boy calls him names in front of others. A clown creature taunts a man and talks to him about “dirty little secrets.” A teen girl hugs her father after he sprays them both with her dead mother’s perfume and he asks if she will always be “Daddy’s girl,” (it’s not clear if a sexual abuse situation is implied). We hear that dismembered body parts were found by a bridge. A group of teens says that they will return to their town “if it isn’t dead.” The words, “Come Home” are painted on a bridge abutment in what looks like blood. A man says that he could “realistically die” if he eats a cashew. A woman on a phone call tells another woman that a man “passed.” A woman says, “I’ve seen all of us die.” A newspaper headline reads, “Body Parts Found.” A man imitates the voice of a menacing clown and others in the room become alarmed. Two teen boys argue and wrestle over taking turns on a hammock; one boy sticks his sock covered foot in the other’s face and pulls his glasses off. An elderly woman says, “No one who dies in Derry aver really dies” and pauses unnaturally. A man says his old bike can, “Beat the devil.” A boy says that he hears voices from the drain in the bathtub of his house. A teen girl talks to a boy about needing “stinky breath pills” and that her father told her that he has a tumor on his genitals. A man says, “I threw up.”
 A man vomits over a fire escape railing and we see goo and hear him retching. A man vomits on the floor and we see goo and hear splatter and retching. Large bugs skitter out of a hole in a wall. A pharmacist squeezes a mole on a man’s face while sticking his tongue out and says that it’s possible that it is not cancer. We see blood on skateboard and it drips up into the air.


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It Chapter 2 LANGUAGE 10

 – About 106 F-words and its derivatives, 34 scatological terms, 20 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 6 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling (ladies, punk, liar, losers, bully, clown, great big fat person, fat, weird, fat boy, dummy, stupid, dumb, silly girl), exclamations (calm down, are you kidding me), 1 religious profanity (GD), 16 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus Christ, God, Jesus, Holy [scatological term deleted], Oh My God, Oh God, God Forsaken). | profanity glossary |


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It Chapter 2 SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man takes an unidentified pill from a prescription vial, a man uses an inhaler in several scenes, a man drinks water laced with a “root” that causes him to hallucinate, a newspaper headline reads “2 Crackheads Dead,” and people in a hallucination are shown smoking something unidentified. A man drinks a short glass of bourbon, a woman drinks from a glass of wine at home, and several people drink beer and shots of liquor in a restaurant. A teen boy smokes a cigarette, a teen girl smokes a cigarette outside and in a classroom, and a woman smokes a cigarette in a parking lot.


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It Chapter 2 DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Insidious violence, torture, spousal abuse, child abuse, insecurity, fear, suicide, nut allergies, trust, promises, forgetting, memories, homophobia, hate crimes, happy endings, success, incest, Bar Mitzvahs, the past, bullies, going home.

It Chapter 2 MESSAGE

 – Nothing lasts forever.

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