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John Wick: Chapter 2 | 2017 | R | - 4.9.5

In this sequel, a former assassin (Keanu Reeves) plans a low-profile retirement but is recalled to action when an Italian gangster (Riccardo Scamarcio) demands a favor. The assassin reluctantly travels to Rome to kill the ruthless leader (Claudia Gerini) of a dangerous crime family. Also with Common, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo and Ian McShane. Directed by Chad Stahelski. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Italian, Russian, Hebrew and American Sign Language with English subtitles. [2:02]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman wears a long dress with the neckline cut to below the waist to reveal most of her breasts (no nipples are seen); she removes the dress in close-up (we see her lower back and part of a bare buttock) and she stands in the far end of a pool with her hair and blood covering her shoulders, chest and abdomen (she seems fully nude and her thighs are pressed close together; we see her abdomen and hips from a distance). Please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman wears a suit without a blouse underneath the jacket, revealing most of her breasts (no nipples are seen). We see a man's bare back twice, revealing large tattoos of designs and a hand with long fingers. A statue of a nude male shows buttocks and several small statues of women show bare breasts without nipples.
 A man and a woman kiss briefly in a flashback.
 A female security agent frisks a man, then puts her hand between his legs and grabs his buttocks in close-up.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A woman asks a man why he is in a women's lounge area with her and he says that her brother hired him to kill her; the woman removes her dress (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), steps into a heated pool and slits both her wrists and forearms with a knife (blood streams down both arms and the camera cuts to a long shot of blood flowing down both arms, down her chest, abdomen and one entire leg into the pool); she sits down, leans back, and blood gushes from her wrist until her head slumps to one side as a man shoots her in the side of the head (the camera zooms back and the water in the pool is red with blood over her hidden body).
 Two men on a crowded club floor shoot at each other as people run, screaming (the men wear bullet proof vests and are not harmed by bullets) and the first man is chased and fights with other men during an extended shoot out. A death contract on a man goes out to the phones of hundreds of other killers; the man passes by three killers and is shot in the side (we see a bloody spot on his shirt), he fights with a woman, slams her onto a wall, breaks her arm with a loud crack and chokes her to death. Two men attack a man and he shoots one dead, then stabs the other in the eye and head with a sharp pencil (we see blood gush). A man attacks another man, throws him through a glass wall with loud shattering, and the man shoots the attacker several times, including three times in the head, twice in the neck, and once in the face (blood gushes until the man dies and we see blood smeared across white walls). A man shoots another man on a stage in a club and the crowd cheers. A man shoots another man in the head and face and kills nine men as we see blood spurt as men drop dead. A man kills seven armed men and we see blood and gore spurt from heads onto white walls as the men fall. A man encounters several gunmen in catacombs and he shoots them in the chest and head (we see some blood flow as bricks crumble and dust clouds rise). A man shoots and kills a dozen men as we see blood and gore gush from their head and chest; fist fights occur with punches, kicks, throws, choking, and screams before a few of the shootings. A man is strangled with a metal wire and dies. Ten men are shot and killed and we see some blood flow. Two men at a party square off with pistols as guests clear a path between them; the two men shoot at each other and fist fight and one of the men shoots and kills nine other men (we see blood flow and gore gushing onto white walls); he continues shooting at other gunmen, and does judo throws and choke holds while shooting a handgun (he kills another 18 men). A man enters a house of mirrors where he finds and kills several men; he and another man jump through mirrors and shatter them loudly, each receiving a few bloody scratches on their faces. A man shoots another man on a staircase landing, sending him to his death with a thud, and then shoots and kills three more men. A woman attacks a man with a short knife and a handgun; they grapple, he breaks her shooting arm, takes the knife and stabs her in the heart (she sinks to the floor and blood flows from her nose and chest). A man shoots another man in a hotel in the face (blood spurts).
 A man kills another man with throws and chokes, and kills another man with a wire around the neck (no blood is shown). A man punches another man to the floor and down a staircase (we see a few scratches on the man's face). A man fights two men, killing them with kicks, throws and chokes; he fights three more men, killing two of them and shooting the knees of the third man, who falls and screams (the survivor has a few bloody scratches on his face and blood on his knuckles). Two men on a train fight with knives, kicks, punches, throws and choke holds; one man stabs the other man and says the blade is in the aorta and will kill him if it is removed as the stabbed man sits in a seat and stares blankly (no blood shows at the chest of the stabbed man, but we see the handle of the knife sticking out toward the camera; both men have red, raw scratches on their faces and one of the men has blood on his knuckles). A man shoots two other men and two other men drag them away; the camera cuts to a large furnace room where a man feeds a corpse into a fiery furnace and two other dead men lie on gurneys and an injured man has an IV in one arm.
 Two men shoot at each other in a street and miss, but break the windows of three parked cars with loud shattering; they fistfight and roll down a staircase continuing to fight with kicks and punches, they struggle with a knife and a gun and the gun goes off into the air (both men have bloody scratches on their faces), they enter a train station and shoot at each other with silencers on their guns and hit walls, they fistfight again using punches and chokes, and they fall through a loudly shattering glass wall into a hotel lobby where the owner breaks up the fight (we later see that one of the men has a large bruise on his back).
 A man steals a car and is chased by a taxi that hits him three times, removing the driver side door and smashing the grill and trunk; a motorcyclist also chases the first car and flips end over end twice after shooting several rounds through the windshield with loud cracking sounds (the cyclist presumably died); the first driver broadsides a parked car three times and a man falls beside the cars and runs, limping until the driver hits the running man, slamming him into a wall and a taxi hits the car (there are some bloody scratches on the face of the first car driver and the face of the limping runner with no more blood after that). A motorcycle on its side slides into an intersection as a man runs after it, jumps on, and speeds away from a car chasing him with squealing tires and the cycle hits the car broadside, breaking glass windows loudly and the rider lies on the ground, still breathing (we see a little blood under his chin). A man fires rockets into another man's glass-walled house and we hear loud explosions and glass shattering as fire fills the screen and the house burns to the ground; the homeowner and his dog inside escape. A movie shows a motorcycle run into a man (no blood is seen).
 A man gives a gangster's marker with a skull on it to another man (inside the medallion is a bloody fingerprint and the first man later makes a second print inside with his own bloody finger) and the first man says to the second man, "I want you to kill my sister." A man says, "He killed three men over a car and a puppy." A man tells another man that a death contract on the second man is international and then gives him a large gold marker with a skull on it; the second man says, "Whoever comes, whoever it is, I'll kill them. I'll kill them all."
 A mural in a museum depicts a Civil War Battle with a few men lying on the ground (no blood is visible).We see a long scar on a man's neck. A woman demonstrates a pistol by firing five rounds into a shooting dummy, hitting the heart area each time.
 A man visits a wine room in a hotel where he receives weapons and ammunition; we see two walls full of pistols, rifles, and bags of ammunitions and explosives while a case is filled with knives. A man arms himself by putting his weapons into his weapons belt, the pockets of specially made suits, a backpack and a rifle case. A man removes a suitcase containing a handgun and currency from a safety deposit box and screams in anger.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 10 F-words and a few grunts during fights may sound like F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 1 sexually suggestive hand gesture, 3 scatological terms (a man makes hissing sounds with his martial arts moves that may sound like scatological terms), 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (bogeyman, ghost, specter), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. My God, God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A mechanic's garage is full of wooden cases of currency and large bags of powdered drugs. A wine room in a hotel is filled with many bottles of wines on tables and shelves, a man enters an office and pours two glasses of vodka and he and another man drink a toast to peace, two men sit at a bar in a lounge drinking bourbon and a tall cocktails while a man in the background sips from a glass of wine, men and women in a club hold tall cocktails and glasses of wine (no one drinks), a woman in a club drinks from a glass of wine, men and women hold and drink from glasses of wine at a cocktail party, a bottle of bourbon is shown on a side table in a hotel room, and a decanter of whiskey is seen on a table in the background in an office. A man smokes a cigar and puffs large smoke clouds, two men smoke a cigarette each in outdoor scenes, a man smokes in an alley at night, and a woman smokes a cigarette in a sewing factory.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Assassinations, suicide, gangsters, crime families, revenge, anger, fear, courage, determination, focus, survival, death, grief, loss, memories, mutes, cross dressers.

MESSAGE - Owing someone a favor can be deadly.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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