YMMV / Jaws 2

  • Awesome Music: It's John Williams; of course there's gonna be kickass music.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The scene where Brody dangles from the power line is a bit scarier now that it's recognized that great white sharks can jump entirely out of the water. If it hadn't been distracted by the boats, it could've snatched him right out from under that cable.
    • What's even harsher than that was the scene where Brody shot up the beach. It was already harsh in 1978, but, in recent times, we've seen a lot of public shootings in the good ol' U.S. of A, and they weren't exactly victimless.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • A Deleted Scene shows the vote on whether or not to fire Brody for his actions on the beach. Vaughn is the only one to vote in favor of keeping him.
    • Hendricks is made new sheriff and feels rather guilty about it. Though devastated over being fired, Brody doesn't begrudge Hendricks and even offers a toast in his honor.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Brody ponders whether the shark in this film is on a rampage in response to the one from the first film being killed. His claims are dismissed by the marine biologist at the scene, stating "Sharks don't take things personally" and the whole notion is dropped. Come the third sequel where the shark explicitly does take things personally.
  • Memetic Mutation: The tagline has spawned various snowclones, like "Just when you thought that it was safe to be dead" for Return of the Living Dead Part II.
  • Narm:
    • Jackie's wailing.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: The quality of the film might have been different had Steven Spielberg agreed to direct it.
  • The Scrappy: JACKIE. The otherwise exciting ending of the movie is marred by her deafening screaming, and you will quickly find yourself rooting for her to be eaten. She lives. For that matter, many viewers think the movie would have been better with less focus on the teen characters.
  • Sequelitis: While not as great as the first film, Jaws 2 is still critically the most successful of the sequels.
  • Signature Scene: The town council scene has problems (as noted below under Strawman Has a Point), but it's well-remembered for Brody's impassioned line:
    "But I'm telling you, and I'm telling everybody at this table that that's a shark! And I know what a shark looks like because I've seen one up close. And you'd better do something about this one because I don't intend to go through that hell again!"
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus for the film. Not publicly adored like the original, but not as widely hated as 3 or especially The Revenge. A factor that likely helps is it's the only sequel that Roy Scheider came back for and his performance is enough to help it be considered watchable compared to the future installments.
  • Special Effects Failure: At one point the shark charges a boat and its rubber face is noticeably dented by the impact.
    • In defense, shark skin is cartilage. At this point, the creature was getting some serious damage on it.
  • Strawman Has a Point: When the town council again wants to ignore evidence of a shark problem, for the same reasons as in the first film, but are completely right in their decision to fire Brody over his extremely reckless actions on the beach—screaming at people, firing his gun—that could have left someone seriously injured or even dead. Brody's lack of remorse for what he did doesn't help his cause much.
    • Also invoked in a deleted scene on the DVD: after Brody confronts the town council with the photo of the shark and the council goes back to deliberate, all but one person votes to dismiss Brody as the police chief—the mayor himself, who apparently saw the light, and defends Brody during the deliberation.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Jabootu's review argues that the movie might have been better if it focused on Brody suffering from PTSD over the first film's events (already implied by some of his actions in the movie), and that there either really wasn't a shark, or else its existence was more ambiguous.
  • Tough Act to Follow: By the standards of the many Jaws ripoffs that came out in The '80s, it's actually not a bad film. But compared to the original?