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Blu, Jewel and their three kids are living the perfect domesticated life in the magical city that is Rio de Janeiro. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture into the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in with his new neighbors, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild.
Animated Comedy Musical - Like the first film, this is an animated musical comedy aimed at the
entire family, mainly kids. All of the voice actors from the first
film are back, plus some new additions. This is safe viewing for
everyone though there is brief depictions of alcohol.
Roger EbertFull Review Average It's a sign of creative desperation of sorts that this return trip to South America is so over-stuffed with subplots and extraneous new characters that it barely stops flapping its plot-propelling wings for a second. As a result, "Rio 2" ends up being not so much about the birds as mostly for the birds.
USA TodayFull Review Average "Rio 2" teems with colorful animated splendor and elaborate musical numbers, but its rambling, hectic, if good-hearted, story is for the birds. Blessedly, the story is devoid of potty humor, but the fish-out-of-water, or bird-out-of-cage, jokes are too predictable.
Washington PostFull Review Average "Rio 2" is curiously devoid of decent comedy, but the song-and-dance routines, which are beautifully choreographed, lead to the movie's biggest laughs, especially when the contestants keep getting eaten by predators. All in all, though, the movie feels at once too busy and too derivative. That's no easy feat, but it's also one sequel-makers probably shouldn't aspire to.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 57 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: Great reviews from nearly all the children.
TEENS: One female rated it very high and one rated it low.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The one male loved "Rio 2." Three of the four females loved "Rio 2." The fourth one rated it "average."
ADULTS:The five male reviews are very mixed but not bad, especially considering this is a childrens movie. One loved "Rio 2," two rated it "above average," one felt it was an "average" movie and one rated it "below average."
In RIO 2 we find Blu, Jewel and their family living the perfect domesticated
life in the city. The offspring are: Bia (voiced by "The Hunger Games'" Amandla
Stenberg), who lives with her beak in a book and likes spouting facts and
figures, just like her dad; Tiago (Pierce Gagnon, "Looper") the youngest, who is
always up for adventure, especially if it involves destroying something; and
Carla (singer/actress/comedian Rachel Crow), the eldest, a spunky teen who longs
to get a little space from her protective family so she can express her musical
When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she
insists the family venture to the Amazon. Blu tells his buddies of his travel
plans, but Nico, Pedro and Luiz warn him of the myriad dangers that could lie
ahead in the wild. But the ever-positive Rafael encourages Blu, reminding him
that "a happy wife means a happy life!"
Upon their arrival, Blu and Jewel meet the locals, including Eduardo (Andy
Garcia), a larger than life patriarch with a firm set of rules, who becomes a
comedic obstacle for Blu; Mimi (Rita Moreno), Eduardo's warm and sassy sister,
who likes to speak her mind, even to her overbearing brother; and Roberto
(singer-songwriter-record producer Bruno Mars), a perfect specimen of a wild
bird who charms everyone around him and makes Blu self-conscious. As Blu tries
to fit in, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild.
Meanwhile, the treacherous cockatoo Nigel plots his revenge on Blu, aided by
Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth), a cute poisonous frog who is fiercely loyal to Nigel
and though small in stature, possesses a huge villainous heart.