Sequel to "The Mask of Zorro," with Antonio Banderas reprising his role as the masked protector of California peasants circa 1850. This time California is preparing to become a U.S. state, if it survives a conspiracy by an ancient European sect that wants to destroy America. Meanwhile, Zorro's wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and young son are upset that he spends too much time saving strangers and not enough time with his family. Also with Rufus Sewell, Nick Chinlund and Julio Oscar Mechoso. Directed by Martin Campbell. [2:10]
SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man gets out of bed and is presumably nude; he is bare-chested and tries to hide his private parts from a maid, who's smiling at him. A man and a woman carve their initials into the underwear of a man (we see bare flesh through the letters).
► Four men sit nude in a bathtub playing poker (we see their bare chests, and knees and we see the bare thighs of one man when he gets out of the tub).
► A husband and wife kiss passionately in several scenes.
► A woman tells a man that she could stay with him for the night (they have just become engaged). Men and women dance together at a party. A man kisses a man on the hand and cheek (nothing sexual is implied).
► A woman wears low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage throughout the movie.
VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man falls to the ground dead with a bloody bullet wound in his back.
► One man is thrown back onto a spool of rope and becomes trapped, and he looks up as a drop of nitroglycerin slowly falls toward his head and explodes on impact (we see his body smoldering after the fact). A man sticks a bottle of nitroglycerin in a man's pants, throws him off a moving train and he explodes (we see the blast, but no blood or other matter). A man throws nitroglycerin toward a man and it explodes, killing the man and causing other people to fall to the floor. A man is tied to the front of a speeding train that's filled with nitroglycerin: the train comes to the end of the tracks, the man screams and the train explodes.
► There are several fights, with one man fighting several other men with punches and kicks and swords: A man with a sword fights many other men while running and jumping through scaffolding and several men are knocked off and fall to the ground; one man's teeth are knocked out (we see his bloody mouth when he spits out his teeth), and one man is shoved through a chute and dropped onto a cactus (we see him with tines sticking out of his face).
► A man shoots a man through a door, and the man is thrown back from the impact. Several men shoot guns into a house where a man, his wife and baby are hiding. A man shoots a gun at guards and people in a town square, and the people scatter and scream.
► A man throws hot wax in another man's face (he screams) and hits him in the head with a candlestick; the first man is then shot in the chest and he falls to the floor.
► Two men fight with swords, one releases a steam valve that sprays on the other man's face and he is burned (we see his reddened skin).
► A woman stabs a man in the foot with a pitchfork. A woman pokes a man in the buttock with a red-hot poker: his pants catch fire and he screams. A woman fights two men who are following her: she hits each one several times with a shovel until one of them pulls out a gun. A woman hits a man and knocks him into a wall, and she fights two other men with swords; then a man comes to help her fight several other men. A woman hits a man with a chair, and he uses bladed weapons to try to kill her.
► A man holds a big knife a woman's throat, and several other men with guns threaten her and her husband; the man pushes the woman to the ground, and takes aim, while another man holds a sword to his throat of the gunman, threatening him. A woman is held by a man with a knife to her throat in another scene.
► A barn is surrounded by fire and begins to collapse, while a man, a woman and an infant are inside (all three make it out). A large explosion causes a man to be thrown through the air, and leaves a large crater in the ground.
► A man slams a man's head onto a desk and threatens to cut his tongue out with a dagger. A man wakes up on the floor of a jail cell, and he grabs two men and slams them into the bars of the cell (we see them with bruises on their faces).
► A woman finds two dead men in a closet. A man shoots at a man and a boy. A man is held by another man with a knife to his throat.
► A man on a train throws logs of wood at a man who's chasing the train on horseback; the man on the horse throws a log back, and hits the man, who falls back jamming the train's speed controller -- the man on the horse continues to chase the train and another man on the train shoots at him. A man on horseback jumps from a ridge onto a speeding train knocking two men off.
► A man driving a horse-drawn carriage speeds through a town, running into brick walls, breaking them apart, and knocking down food carts in a market place. A speeding train barrels toward another stopped train, with many people gathered around it (the train is turned away before it runs into the stopped train). A man on horseback falls through a vent on the top of a train car just as the train enters a tunnel.
► Two men on horseback holding polo mallets charge each other: one is knocked off and lands hard on the ground, they charge a second time and the other is knocked off, and the third time a man falls off his horse when his saddle becomes unbuckled.
► A boy is grabbed around the throat by a man, he is thrown onto the ground, the boy throws bars of soap at two men, and they draw their swords; the boy is wrapped up in a rope and pulled back toward a ledge, but it is the two men who end up falling over and crashing onto the ground below (the boy has a bloody scratch on his arm).
► A man hits another man in the face twice, a woman hits a man hard in the face, and a man punches a man in the stomach. A man throws a boy onto the ground. A boy is grabbed and held by a man, and a man is hit in the stomach and falls to the ground.
► A man stands in a road to try to stop a speeding carriage, he drops down as it passes, attaches a rope to its undercarriage, and the carriage is pulled and flipped throwing the cargo and the driver into the air. A man and a woman jump off a speeding train and swing from a whip that has been wrapped around a mail pole.
► Many men with guns point them at guards and people gathered in a town square. Men with guns and on horseback ride past a group of children, who are frightened.
► A man is poked in the arm with something that causes him to collapse. A woman is chased through a dark vineyard by two snarling dogs. A man hiding in a fireplace begins to cough when someone lights a fire underneath him.
► A boy shoots a man in the buttocks with a slingshot, the man drops a tray of hot food in the laps of four men around a table, the men stand up yelling, and the boy shoots another man who's chasing him; the man trips over the boy and hits his head on a bench. A boy hits his teacher in the buttock with something shot from a slingshot, and the two then fight with rulers (using them as swords). A boy with a slingshot hits a man in the buttock with an apple.
► A horse with a man on its back charges off and the man falls onto the ground. A woman climbs outside a house and along ledges and jumps onto a balcony. A boy hangs from the bottom of a moving carriage.
► When a man is planning to kill someone he talks about "doing the Lord's work." A man yells about "inferior races" being allowed to vote. A man says to a boy, "I'll make sure that he carves a 'Z' in your backside." A man and a woman argue.
► A man has a large scar on his face. A man wears wooden teeth through most of the movie. A boy holds his crotch because he has to urinate. A horse burps. A woman takes a bite of what turns out to have been her carrier pigeon, served on a plate, and she coughs and gags and runs from the table.
► A young boy is forced to sit in front of his class wearing a "dunce cap."
PROFANITY 1 - A boy makes an obscene gesture with his arm, 2 anatomical terms (one said by a boy), 3 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for the French, 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks heavily at a party and is drunk, a woman drinks several shots of tequila, a horse drinks alcohol from a bottle and acts as if it is drunk, people drink alcohol at a party, people drink wine at a dinner, and a man and a woman drink wine. Several men drink alcohol and smoke cigars and a woman smokes a pipe and coughs.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - California statehood, the exploitation of peasants, legends, the Constitution of the United States, the American Civil War, spying, weapons development, ancient knights, nitroglycerin, aristocracy vs. commoners, duty, divorce, greed, blackmail, cowardice, disappointment.
MESSAGE - Fighting isn't always the answer, but it usually gets results.