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Those "retired and extremely dangerous" (RED) secret agents are back on the case in this lively sequel to the 2010 film, directed by Dean Parisot and based on the graphic novels by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. An ex-CIA agent (Bruce Willis) is adjusting to a quiet life with his kooky girlfriend (Mary-Louise Parker). Before long, he is recruited by his former partner (John Malkovich) to take on a new case and save the world from nuclear annihilation. Joining the cause are super-spies from Britain (Helen Mirren), Russia (Catherine Zeta-Jones), and Hong Kong (Byung Hun Lee). While the tone is light and silly amid the mayhem with witty repartee and innuendo, the high violence quotient places this film firmly in the adult camp.

Watch out for: Frequent but largely bloodless violence, brief drug use, and some profane and crude language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013