Buster Moon (voice of Matthew McConaughey) dreams of making it big and taking his show from Moon Theatre to Redshore City. Turned away by a talent scout who sees little potential in his small group of underdogs, Buster hatches a plan to audition for Mr Crystal (voice of Bobby Cannavale) himself.
With the help of his friends Gunter (voice of Nick Kroll) and Ash (voice of Scarlett Johansson), Buster promises a show that will be out of this world. To seal the deal, he also promises that the renowned and reclusive rock legend Clay Calloway (voice of Bono) will take part in the performance. Mr Crystal agrees to give him a shot but reminds Buster what he stands to lose if he fails.
Failure looks like it might be a real possibility when Johnny (voice of Taron Egerton) struggles to learn the choreography and Rosita (voice of Reese Witherspoon) develops a fear of heights. Also, Meena (voice of Tori Kelly), who has never been in love, must perform a romantic scene with Darius (voice of Eric Andre), a self-absorbed playboy buffalo. And despite their best efforts, Clay Calloway adamantly refuses to perform with them.
Although the odds are stacked against him and countless obstacles stand in his way, Buster refuses to give up. He keeps trying, and he also encourages others and looks for creative ways to overcome challenges. Even when it looks like their hard work will be wasted, Buster’s team comes together to put on a performance the likes of which Redshore City has never seen and will never forget.
Corporate greed; materialistic entitlement; abuse of power and corruption; reclusiveness as a means to cope with grief
Sing 2 has some violence. For example:
- Buster is tossed off the side of a car and flies into a channel filled with water. He lands on a whale, which blasts him into the air. He lands back in the water.
- Clay Callaway shoots Buster’s assistant with paintballs. She’s hit repeatedly as is her car. One of her eyeballs is dislodged and an apple is jammed in its place.
- Buster’s assistant crashes her car into a tree as she desperately tries to get away from Clay Calloway.
- A dance master hits his students with sticks every time they make a mistake and even sometimes when they don’t.
- Two characters are electrocuted by a fence.
- Mr Crystal tries to throw Buster from the top of his building. He’s interrupted and threatens to finish the job later.
- Mr Crystal’s thugs threaten to kill Buster and his friends. They chase them through the hotel, trying to capture them. The characters believe that Mr Crystal will kill them all.
- The dance teacher fights with a dancer on stage, deliberately trying to trip him up and humiliate him.
- Mr Crystal throws Buster from the top of a performance platform. Rosa saves Buster at the last minute.
Sing 2 has some sexual references. For example, Meena is told that she must gaze at another character as if she’s burning up with love.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
There’s no use of substances in Sing 2.
Nudity and sexual activity
Sing 2 has some nudity and sexual activity. For example:
- Mr Crystal jumps out of bed naked. We see the back of his legs and the horrified faces of his guards, who get a full-frontal view.
- Meena is very worried about a romantic scene in the show. She has never kissed anyone before and now she must do it in front of a big audience.
Sing 2 has no product placement as such. But it does feature the music of many well-known artists including Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Shaun Mendez and Camilla Cabello.
Sing 2 has some mild coarse language and insults, including ‘idiot’, ‘go to heck’ and ‘lowlife loser’.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Sing 2 is an animated adventure with a lovable cast, fabulous soundtrack and powerful messages about not giving up and following your dreams. Suitable for all but the youngest viewers, this movie is one that most families can enjoy together.
The main messages from Sing 2 are that you must fight for what you believe in and that great things come to those who dare to follow their dreams.
Values in Sing 2 that you could reinforce with your children include courage, teamwork, persistence, friendship and helpfulness.
Sing 2 could also give you the chance to talk with your children about the real-life consequences of things like:
- giving up on what you know to be right
- listening to people who put you down and tell you that ‘you can’t’ and that ‘you won’t ever be good enough’
- hiding away to cope with grief
- bullying and threatening others
- trying to steal someone else’s success for yourself.