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MPAA Rated R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material.
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Sex & Nudity

  • A giant, naked (CGI) elderly woman runs towards Beverley and tried to attack her.
  • There are a few kissing scenes. A couple kisses at the beginning.
  • We see a Stan's buttocks when he's getting into a bathtub naked.
  • Beverly is almost raped by her husband and she fights him off.
  • Richie says a masturbation joke during his stand-up routine.

Violence & Gore

  • Multiple graphic onscreen deaths/murders of adults and children alike.
  • An adult Beverly suffers domestic violence. One instance is when she is attacked by her partner Tom Rogan who punches Beverly in the head, causing her to fall back on the bed. Beverly does fight back later.
  • The violence in the IT movies is considered by some to be tame compared to other R-movies, but viewers should be warned it involves small children and often horrifying crimes.

Profanity

  • Strong language throughout the whole film
  • Over 120 uses of "fuck" and frequent uses of "shit", "bitch", "dick", and "asshole".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The characters drink alcohol which could mean they are intoxicated. The same characters then leave a restaurant and immediately operate motor vehicles.
  • Beverly often smokes

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This film is much darker and meaner than scary opposed to the first. As the first is supposed to appeal more to the fear of a child, and Chapter Two is to appeal to the fear of an adult.
  • Pennywise (or IT) disguises itself as many frightening things in the movie.
  • Pennywise can morph his mouth into a giant gaping mouth with layers of sharp teeth which he uses it mangle and eat his victims in gory and graphic ways. This is all done with CGI but can definitely scare young kids.
  • The finale is intense and involves scary imagery and loud noises
  • Some scenes use flashing lights to add to the intensity. This may affect photosensitive viewers.
  • Multiple children are killed by Pennywise on screen. They are very disturbing to watch
  • EPILEPSY WARNING: This film has several scenes that use severe strobe light effects. The most intense ones happen in a pharmacy basement, in a house of mirrors, and interwoven through about half of the climax of the movie, which lasts roughly half an hour.

Spoilers

The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • In an illusion, multiple people call a woman "slut."
  • Beverly's husband, Tom, hears her phone call with Mike, telling her to return to Derry. He thinks Beverly is cheating on him and he throws her on the bed and says, "I want you to do what you were going to do to Mike to me." Tom takes off his shirt (he has a tank top underneath) but Beverly escapes.

Violence & Gore

  • In one scene, we see Beverly almost drowning in a toilet cubicle that fills up with blood.
  • Eddie gets stabbed on the side of his face (cheek) by Henry Bowers. There is some blood dripping down his face.
  • A young girl's face is bitten into by Pennywise. Not overly graphic but could be upsetting for some viewers.
  • We see a zombie-like form of the late Patrick Hockstetter present Henry Bowers with a switchblade. This form also assists Henry in escaping from the psychiatric institute he has been in for 27 years.
  • A child is trapped behind glass panes in a Funhouse. Pennywise repeatedly bangs his forehead against a pane to get to the child. As the glass cracks, Pennywise smiles to reveal his sharp teeth. One of the Losers is on the other side of the child, desperately trying and failing to break through the glass before Pennywise. Pennywise eventually breaks through the glass and bites the child's head. Although the contact is offscreen, blood splurts onto the glass.
  • A gay couple are attacked and brutally beaten. Bones in one of the victim's bloodied face are heard cracking as he gets repeatedly punched and kicked whilst helpless on the ground. The same man is thrown over the bridge in an attempt to kill him. The man soon after falls victim to Pennywise when a large chunk of his upper body is bitten off; Pennywise is seen eating this chunk of flesh.
  • Eddie is stabbed through the chest by one of Pennywise's giant spider legs. He later dies from the injury and is left in the cavern whilst the rest of the Losers Club escape.
  • Tom Rogan, Beverly's husband, physically abuses Beverly and Beverly fights back to defend herself. This could be upsetting for some people.
  • The Hobo/Leper from the first movie attacks adult Eddie and throws up in his face while a song plays. It's played as dark humour.
  • Multiple on-screen deaths including children getting their heads bitten into by Pennywise's giant mouth. These sometimes result in blood splatters. These are more graphic than the first chapter.
  • One form Pennywise takes is young Beverly, with her hair on fire and skin gradually decaying.
  • Henry Bowers is killed when Richie throws an axe into the back of his head. The impact is offscreen but you see the results when he collapses to the ground.
  • Pennywise is shrunken down to a smaller size by the Losers Club's taunts. Mike reaches into It's chest and pulls out its heart. The rest of the losers then crush It's heart, killing It. It screams as it dies.
  • Eddie stabs Henry through a shower curtain. The impact of the blade going in isn't shown and the blade is covered by the curtain. Henry is seen shortly after pulling the blade out though this part is very brief.
  • Multiple bodies of dead children are seen emerging from a body of water. They are incredibly mutilated with various limbs scattered around the water. Somewhat graphic.
  • Bill shoots his younger self in the head with a Bolt Gun.
  • Mike's parents are shown in a flashback burning alive. Their charred hands can be seen protruding from a door but the rest of their bodies are abstracted.
  • Right before Beverly leaves her old home. Pennywise appears to her in human form. He paints white paint on his face and then cuts his face with his finger nails making blood pour down his face.
  • This movie is believed to have had the most blood ever in a movie scene (when Beverly is drowning in blood inside the bathroom).
  • One character is stabbed in the face. The character then stabs the attacker in the chest with the same knife.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Mike takes a fictitious hallucinogenic substance, called Maturn Root, given to him by the Shokopiwah tribe to allow him to see Pennywise's origins. The same character later spikes Bill it.
  • Bill is drugged by Mike in order to see the origins of It and how to defeat It.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Early on in the film, two gay men are verbally then physically attacked by a group of homophobic men. One of them is savagely beaten and is then thrown off a bridge into a river. Pennywise appears to help the man out of the water, but bites a chunk out of the man's upper torso whilst the man's boyfriend watches in terror. Both Pennywise and the victim are obscured by balloons, then mysteriously disappear.
  • The final sequence involves Pennywise changing into a large spider-like creature and chasing the members of the Losers Club through an underground cavern. This could be distressing for anyone with claustrophobia or arachnophobia.
  • Towards the beginning of the film, a character commits suicide by slitting his wrists whilst in the bath. Although the action is not shown, his body is seen afterwards on two occasions, with blood trickling from his hands. This could be distressing for anyone affected by self-harm or suicide.
  • Pennywise creates a illusion of Stanley's severed head. It taunts some of the losers before turning into a spider like creature. It attacks Bill, Richie and Eddie before being stabbed multiple times by Ben.
  • In one scene, 2 characters go through 2 doors. In one door, a body from the torso down is running at them with blood spurting out of his torso. In the other door is at first a cute dog for a few seconds but then turns into a monster like dog which might scare some viewers (the jump-scare is unexpected)

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