Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway ~ Review

by Heather
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Whew, I don’t know about you but it feels like our family has been busier since summer hit! I thought this was the time when we were supposed to relax, release, and rejuvenate but not this year. We did take a break last week and sat down to watch an advanced screener of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway before it hit theaters. A shoutout and THANK YOU to Sony Pictures for making our movie pick for Family Movie Night easy. 😉

Right off the bat, to get it out of the way, do we think Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway was better than Peter Rabbit? Two of three of us say YES, I was not one of the two. I enjoyed Peter Rabbit because it was filled with music, dancing, and fun frolicking mischief. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and watching the rabbit shenanigans; especially when it came to the McGregors. As for the other two votes, my husband and daughter, they enjoyed both but they laughed from the moment Peter Rabbit 2 started until the moment the credits ended.

Now, let me preface my response by saying that I really enjoyed both movies. We own a copy of Peter Rabbit and watch it as part of our rotation. Most certainly, without hesitation, I can promise that we will buy Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway when it is released and it, too, will become a part of our Family Movie Night rotation.

So, what does Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway have to offer? There are plenty of jokes and shenanigans. We really enjoy the entire cast and I loved how the second movie was able to poke fun at the first. There were even a couple of jokes poking fun at America and for me that was golden! And for any parent that has had to deal with a sugar induced frenzy and crash with your kids, Cottontail will resonate with you

As a parent, I look at the storyline and the message the movie is providing. There are a number of messages in the movie and most of them come back around to remaining true to oneself. This is something that I am happy to see introduced to my daughter over and over again. I want her to grow up being the best version of HER possible. I also enjoy that the movie falls on the “lighter” side of things. What I mean by that is nobody dies, there aren’t any MAJOR tragic events (though there are dark moments here and there), and there weren’t any heart-wrenching circumstances.

As we continue to emerge from the lockdowns of the pandemic, THIS is the kind of movie that our children need to see right now; at least mine. This is a movie filled with laughter, adventure, and fun, while covering important messages without all the drama.

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures


Are there moments that caused me to pause? YES. I can’t remember the last time I watched a movie that didn’t have something in it that made me cringe a bit. There is some violence in the movie and it’s dealt with lightheartedly. There are points in the movie where animals are caged and taken to a pet store. Admittedly, there is a scene where one of the characters gets into too much sugar, and while the reaction is that of someone who has eaten too much sugar and then comes down often of it; I have seen notations online that some liken it to the experience of taking illegal substances. Seriously, if you’ve had too much sugar at any point in time in your life then you know that you crash at the end. This is one time when I don’t think we need to add adult language or an adult situation, it is something that happens to all of us.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway is NOW playing in theaters everywhere. We give it two thumbs up and recommend!

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

Thank you Sony Pictures for inviting our family to an advanced screening of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.

Click HERE for fun Peter Rabbit 2 Coloring Pages.


In PETER RABBIT™ 2: THE RUNAWAYthe lovable rogue is back.  Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.




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