Only minutes later, Makunga does what Zuma wouldn’t and Alex is forced to leave. Wearing a silly fruit hat of failure, he eventually regroups with his buddies. This time away from the pack actually provides the bulk of the movie’s comedic moments, especially with Sacha Baron Cohen’s character who is so memorable in his sheer nuttiness. And the penguins that ended up stealing the show last time around with their trademark deadpan humor are back and funnier than ever. Oftentimes it’s a little sad when side characters steal the lead’s thunder, but in this case, it only serves to enhance what’s ultimately a tighter, smarter movie that’ll provide plenty of comic relief (and a few lessons)  for parents and kids alike.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  None.
  • Language/Profanity:  Nothing except for a few words like “sucks” and “butt.”
  • Sex/Nudity:  There’s some hippo flirtation between Gloria and Moto Moto, but nothing gratuitous.
  • Violence:  The plane crash could be a bit scary for the younger set. There’s also a tough, NYC granny who isn’t afraid to start a fight—and does so—on many occasions. In his rite of passage ceremony, Alex has to fight with Teetsi, even though he originally thought it was going to be a dance-off. 
  • Religion:  Melman is referred to as a witchdoctor several times through the movie because of his ability to help treat people’s ailments. There’s also a played-for-laughs plotline where King Julien (Sacha Baron Cohen) tries to appease “the water gods” by presiding over a sacrifice into a volcano.

 

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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