The Post-Gazette reviews movies from a family perspective:
'How to Train Your Dragon 2’
Suitable for: Children in elementary school and older.
What you should know: This is a sequel to the 2010 animated movie based on the Cressida Cowell books about an initially hapless teen who befriends a dragon. The story is now five years later, and Hiccup (voice of Jay Baruchel) is 20 years old, balking at his father’s suggestion he take over as tribal chief and preaching peace in the face of war from a black-hearted dragon hunter.
Sexual situations and nudity: Some ogling of a well-built young man and a couple of kisses.
Violence/scary situations: A fair amount, for a PG-rated movie, including scary dragon-riding maneuvers, a flashback scene to a fire that claimed lives and a faithful companion turning on a friend, through no fault of its own. An injury proves fatal, and you see a lifeless body and then a Viking funeral of a key character. There are explosions, attempts to capture dragons, combat involving men and some enormous beasts, and chases, attacks and kidnappings. A mother laments the years spent separated from her family.
Drug or alcohol use: None.