Rio 2

Rated G (MPAA) 101 min. 2014

Sometimes I hate things on principle—like when I refused to see Rio because it looked like one long annoying Madagascar-esque monkey music video, and then Netflix happened and it was actually adorable. So of course, it had to have a sequel, because doesn’t everything? It’s like the long slog of life played out on the big screen—don’t we all have a year or two we’d like to write off? That’s Rio 2—the drunken summer you spent in Greece making terrible decisions. Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway are back as married blue macaw couple Blu and Jewel, who got together in Rio and busted out some kids when they realized they were the last two left on earth. That’s some survival shit, right there. Turns out they were wrong, Jewel’s got a whole flock of family macaws in the Amazon being threatened by illegal loggers and hating on humans because of it. So the family sets out and brings along their used-to-be-funny crew of friends. Spoiler: no longer funny. While most of the movie is a hot mess of environmental, technology, vengeance themes (Jemaine Clement resurrected as the flightless Nigel is one of the only high points), Blu is just trying to win over his father-in-law. He does. The end. All the children in the theatre issue a standing ovation with raucous applause. I get popcorn in my hair. —Lindsay Raining Bird

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Director: Carlos Saldanha

Writer: Don Rhymer and Carlos Saldanha

Producer: John C. Donkin and Bruce Anderson

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg,, Jermaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Jamie Foxx and Andy Garcia


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