D2: The Mighty Ducks Review

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After Gordon Bombay's success as an ice hockey coach in the first film, he is drafted in this time to coach Team USA at the international Goodwill Games. With several new players to add to his motley squad, can he beat the fearsome Icelandic team? No fair guessing...


Proving that you can't keep a good duck down, Emilio Estevez returns as lawyer-turned-ice hockey coach Gordon Bombay in this follow up to 1992's smash hit The Mighty Ducks (which was retitled Champions in the UK).

The plot, such as it is, revolves around the Team USA hockey side which is in desperate need of a trainer to coach them for the appropriately named Goodwill Games. Bombay takes up the challenge, and predictably recruits The Mighty Ducks, the motley collection of delinquent cases he elevated into a lean, mean skating machine the first time around, to fill out the team.

Standing between them and the coveted trophy is a band of miniature SS paratroopers, masquerading as the Icelandic squad, who think the only good duck is one roasted in orange sauce. Their coach (Norgaard) is a menacing sour-puss with slicked-back hair and an enigmatic smile, and while he and Bombay eyeball and pit their wits against each other, the teams head toward the showdown of the century.

This isn't so much a sequel as a virtual remake of the first film, with the same plot, the same characters and the same gung-ho all-American spirit and endless navel gazing over the ethics of winning at all costs. And, as it all charges along enthusiastically to its inevitable climax, the odd parent or two will find themselves joining their charges in cheering for the Ducks.

Despite all the cliches, the film is still likeable enough nonsense, and is certain to appeal to the under-13 brigade.