Final Destination 2

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -4

In this sequel, Kimberly Corman (A.J. Cook) has a terrible premonition of disaster before pulling her car onto the highway; she vividly sees a chain-reaction accident. As police officer Thomas Burke (Michael Landes) tries to calm her and coax her to stop blocking traffic, the accident unfolds before their eyes, killing three of Kimberlys friends and several others. But the people behind her on the entrance ramp seem to have been spared by Kimberlys roadblock. A year earlier, a group got off an airplane due to a premonition of disaster, and all but one systematically died soon after. The survivors of the car crash appear to be the next targets on Deaths list. The lone survivor from the airline tragedy, Clear Rivers (Ali Carter), leaves her self-imposed stay in a mental hospital to help Kimberly and Officer Burke protect the rest of the survivors. They determine that the only way to beat death is with a new life; one of the survivors gives birth to a baby boy.

Final Destination 2 picks up where Final Destination left off, and the gruesome, graphic violence continues. One man is killed when a ladder impales him after he narrowly escapes an apartment fire. A young boy is crushed by a falling sheet of plate glass just minutes after he was nearly asphyxiated by malfunctioning dental equipment. The characters determine that they can thwart death by their own actions and, while there are many close calls, most of the victims die excruciating deaths. Although there are some light-hearted, comedic moments in the film, they are usually followed by startling, gory violence. In an especially revolting scene, a young boy is blown up by an exploding gas barbecue grill; his severed leg lands on his mothers dinner plate. In another scene, a woman raises her top to flash some boys, exposing her breasts. The excessive graphic violence, along with a good deal of foul language, some nudity and several instances of drug use earn Final Destination 2 a more unacceptable rating than the original.

Preview Reviewer: Bob Nusser
New Line Cinema

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (11) times Mild 5, moderate 6

Obscene Language: Many (34) times F-word 18, S-word 16

Profanity: Many (18) times regular 6 (GD, JC), exclamatory 12 (G, OMG, Good Lord)

Violence: Several/Graphic violent car wrecks shown several times, man shown burning to death in wreck, man catches hand in garbage disposal, man impaled through head with iron ladder, boy crushed by falling glass pane, woman decapitated by elevator, girl impaled through back of head, man cut in pieces by barbed wire, man and girl blown up in explosion, boy blown up by gas explosion, boys severed leg lands on dinner table.

Sex: None

Nudity: Once woman raises her shirt to expose breasts.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few girl says shes horny, boys refer to girls breasts, boy references oral sex.

Drugs: Several boys smoke marijuana, man snorts cocaine several times, girl hands out Valiums, cigarette smoking.

Other: Existence of devil denied and replaced with a personified Death, people believe that by recognizing signs they can escape death, boy asks girl to get rid of his porn and drugs and anything else that would embarrass his mother in the event of his death.

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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