D2: Mighty Ducks
D2 THE MIGHTY DUCKS is non- stop action, excitement and fun. Young, and not so young, people will love it. Attorney turned coach, Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estavez), returns to again coach the Mighty Ducks championship team. This time they are the Team USA and are bound for the international Junior Goodwill Games in Los Angeles. All of the original team members (Joshua Jackson, Matt Doherty, Brandon Adams, Marguerite Moreau, Shaun Weiss, Vincent Larusso, Garette Henson, and Elden Ratliff) join up. Other talented players are added from Cuba, Texas, Maine, Korea and inner city Los Angeles. Their winning spirit starts to fade as both Bombay and the team get caught up in the glamour of Los Angeles and the rewards of commercial sports. When the final world championship game rolls around with the large, mean team from Iceland, it appears the Team USA is in big trouble. Can Bombay, or anyone else, pull them through? The film is jam-packed with fierce hockey contests, emotional ups and downs and rollerblade skating and adventures on the streets of Los Angeles. The final game will keep everyone on the edge of his chair with heart pounding. D2 THE MIGHTY DUCKS is another big winner!
There is so much crowd noise and fast moving action in the film that it’s difficult to hear all the dialogue clearly. But there is little doubt that it is virtually free of offensive language. Not only that, the film has no sexual content, except a slightly suggestive department store show in which some attractive models display expensive women’s clothing for a group of young players. Of course, the hockey games have many collisions and angry confrontations, but none are excessive. Many positive values are worked into the story, including the danger of commercializing amateur athletics and forgetting the pure love of amateur hockey. Further, it shows how a group of players from various ethnic backgrounds and widespread locations can weld together into a winning team. It’s extremely encouraging that Disney Productions has made a rousing, clean cut PG film appropriate for the whole family. Write the distributor a note of congratulations.