Parents need to know that "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" is the sequel to 2014's "The Nut Job." It continues the story of a squad of park animals who must find a new food source when their beloved nut shop burns down. As in the original, there are a few scatological (i.e. burp and fart) jokes, as well as physical comedy gags in which a character is electrocuted, bonked on the head or otherwise injured in a way that's played for laughs. But some of the human characters use weapons, particularly the gun-toting mayor. A father and daughter are almost sadistic in the way they treat animals, and a child (albeit a violent, unlikable one) is shot with a dart gun. But there's a clear message about the idea of creating your family by choice—in this case, a community of animals that protect and take care of one another.
Rated: PG; Running Time: 91 minutes