SCOOBY-DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED

Vacuous Monster Movie

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Release Date: March 26, 2004

Starring: Freddie Prinze, Jr., Sarah
Michelle Gellar, Matthew
Lillard, Linda Cardellini,
Seth Green, and Alicia
Silverstone

Genre: Action Comedy

Audience: Children

Rating: PG for some scary action, rude
humor, and language

Runtime: 87 minutes

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Director: Raja Gosnell PRODUCERS:
Charles Roven and Richard
Suckle

Executive Producer:

Producer: Charles Roven and Richard
Suckle EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Brent O'Connor and Kelley
Smith-Wait

Writer: James Gunn BASED ON CHARACTERS
CREATED BY: William Hanna and
Joseph Barbera

Address Comments To:

Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros., Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Website: www.movies.warnerbros.com

Content:

(RoRo, B, O, L, V, A, D, M) Predominantly Romantic viewpoint that instructs the audience to “trust your heart, not facts” and “Be yourself,” with a moral notion that crime and evil lead to despair, and some light occult elements about spells; two light obscenities with several additional uses of “freaking” as an adjective, one light profanity, and some references to passing gas; a scene of martial arts fighting and one prolonged fight/chase scene with some intense moments, including some suspenseful scenes that would startle children; no sex or nudity; suspected villain drinks beer; one light innuendo about marijuana use; and, detectives break into house to investigate case.

GENRE: Action Comedy

Summary:

SCOOBY-DOO 2 follows the gang of detectives including Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby as they face the toughest and scariest monsters yet. Told from a Romantic worldview and lacking any significant positive content, the movie will leave many audiences unsatisfied.

Review:

SCOOBY-DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED is a movie intended to draw audiences through name recognition rather than quality or substance. It follows the gang of detectives led by Fred (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) as they encounter mysterious, frightening monsters. Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Velma (Linda Cardellini) help him crack the cases while Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and Scooby-Doo have fun and occasionally get into trouble.

In this sequel, the gang is being honored for their heroic achievements just as one of their old foes swoops onto the scene. Coolsville, the town they have saved so many times before, turns against them because of a conniving news reporter played by Alicia Silverstone. Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, and the rest have to face the scariest monsters yet to save the city and their own reputations.

Mostly the movie sticks to action and does not get too bogged down by plot machinations. When it veers into the characters’ motivations, however, it becomes troubling. One character tells another: “Trust your heart, not the facts.” Also, while the movie was perfectly content to be vacuous entertainment for the first 60 minutes, it inserts a half-hearted positive message toward the end, “Be yourself.” That phrase is repeated several times and apparently supposed to be affirming for children, but really the advice is without meaning and only meant to resemble positive or redeeming content.

The movie is light on objectionable content, although there are a number of moderately intense fight scenes and some scares for children. There is also some rude humor, including some jokes about farting. At one point, the detectives believe that the monsters are created through the use of magic and spells, but the movie is unclear in the end about whether or not that is actually the case.

Overall, SCOOBY-DOO 2 is totally vacuous entertainment without much positive or redeeming content for children. Nothing in it will encourage or edify them, and likely they will be a little bored.

In Brief:

SCOOBY-DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED is a movie intended to draw audiences through name recognition rather than quality or substance. It follows the gang of detectives led by Fred as they encounter mysterious, frightening monsters. Daphne and Velma help him crack the case while Shaggy and Scooby-Doo have fun and occasionally get into trouble.

Mostly the movie sticks to action and does not get bogged down too much by the plot. When it veers into character motivations, however, it becomes troubling. One character tells another, “Trust your heart, not the facts.” The filmmakers also insert a half-hearted positive message toward the end, which says, “Be yourself.” This is a piece of advice that lacks much meaning. The movie is light on other kinds of objectionable content, although there are a number of moderately intense fight scenes, some scary scenes for children, and some rude humor. At one point, the detectives believe that the monsters are created through the use of magic and spells, but the movie is unclear in the end about whether or not that is actually the case. Overall, SCOOBY-DOO 2 is vacuous entertainment without much positive or redeeming content for children.