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How to Train Your Dragon 2 Family Movie Review

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer

movie review rating guide for parents and families

MPAA Rating

for adventure action and some mild rude humor

Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Dean DeBlois

Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler

DreamWorks Animation

Release Date/In Theaters

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Review for Parents

-by Ginger

How to Train Your Dragon 2 takes you back to land where Vikings and dragons unite. This movie takes place five years after the first How to Train Your Dragon movie. This one is not quite so happy go lucky as the first movie and this family movie review thinks that it might not as appropriate as the first one for younger theater goers.
In this movie, dragons and Vikings live in peace. They have dragon races, and dragons are a part of daily village life. In this movie a new cave is discovered where there are many more wild dragons, and a mysterious woman who has all the secrets of the various dragons. Meanwhile, they learn of a plot by the evil Drago to steal everyone's dragons. The armies form to face the foe. Dragons and riders mount up and a battle ensues. The battles in this movie are much longer and more violent than in the first movie. They do not show blood or gore, the violence is implied violence, but does not actually show anything. This film is more emotionally intense than the first one.
Several times, two people kiss on the mouth. There are lots of deaths of both humans and dragons. In several places, the phrase, "Oh my Gods" is used as an exclamation. Several intense and dark scenes are found throughout the movie, including a dark death scene involving a favorite character.
This movie may be a cartoon, but it is intense and may be too intense for younger audiences. Many of the dragons and battle scenes are scary. The scenes are fast moving with lots of frightening scenes of danger. The movie is well-done and would be delightful for those who are in first grade or above. Be warned that there were several scenes that had the audience crying. It is an emotionally wrenching movie. It is a fun adventure and this kids movie review thinks it is a great Saturday matinee for all but the youngest of the movie goers. This fun fantasy world is one that will be sure to please the little dragon tamer in every family.

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