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Monster House
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Starring: The voices of : Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jon Heder
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Columbia Pictures
Web Site: www.monsterhouse-movie.com
Kiddie Movie: From what I've been told, the eight and above crowd.
Date Movie: It's more kid-oriented, but is still sort of entertaining taking you back to those puberty days.
Gratuitous Sex: The babysitter was a little over-the-top at times.
Gratuitous Violence: The house is pretty vicious.
Action: There is some running and screaming.
Laughs: In a kid sort of way.
Memorable Scene: Nothing totally stood out.
Memorable Quote: Nothing really.
Directed By: Gil Kenan
Produced By: Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey

Monster House
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:31 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Our staff member, Stu, had a few questions for me after he found out I had seen the animated "Monster House." One was if the house was actually a monster (I guess I assumed the title of the movie already addressed that fact), but I told him that "Yes, the house is a monster." Then he asked if they explained why the house was a monster, and I told him that "Yes, there was an explanation as to why the house was a monster, but Iím not going to tell you because it will ruin the movie." He then said, "Dude, I will never see this movie, especially since Stu Jr., after seeing the trailer, begged me not to take him to see ĎMonster House,í and proceeded to have some sleepless nights worrying about the neighborís house eating him." So I blew the entire story of "Monster House" for him, but will do my best not to do so for this review. Hereís the storyÖ

DJís parents are going away for the Halloween weekend, which doesnít sit too well for DJ because 1: He believes the house across the street is haunted, and B: That means he'll be looked after by one of the worst babysitters in the world, Zee. Thankfully for DJ he has his best friend, Chowder, to rely on, but when Chowderís basketball lands on the lawn of the creepy house across the street, out comes the grumpy widower, Nebbercracker, yelling repeatedly for the boys to stay off of his lawn. But things arenít going too well for old Nebbercracker, and suddenly the boys start to learn the secrets of the house.

Enter Jenny.

Sheís a little whippersnapper of an entrepreneur, negotiating selling boxes of candy to the neighborhood at Halloween-time, and when she finds herself in peril at the Nebbercracker residence, itís DJ and Chowder who save her day.

Jenny, ever the inquisitive one, gets wrapped into DJ and Chowderís story of the house, and DJ and Chowder, on the verge of puberty, find themselves at that in-between place of "Jenny is an icky girl" and "Jenny is a girl, and sheís cute, and I must find a way to impress her." Chowder is the funniest when it comes to this, trying to be all smooth and debonair, while DJ goes for the more intellectual approach. In any case our threesome now has a fight against time to find out the secret of the house and kill it because if kids keep coming up to the Nebbercracker residence looking for candy on Halloween, well, the house will gets its belly full of kids, while the kids wonít be getting any candy.

Do DJ, Chowder, and Jenny solve the secret of the house and kill it in time for Halloween? How exactly does a house eat a police car? And will Zee ever figure out what happens to her boyfriend? All of these questions and more are answered as we get through "Monster House."

Thereís a tricky thing with this movie because as I was watching it, it is much more entertaining than the trailer seemed to suggest, and probably because DJ, Chowder, and Jenny work so well together. The story of the house is touching, yet sad, however it is really too scary for younger kids, even if it is rated PG. My first inclination of this was Stuís son, under the age of 4, being scared of the house, so at first I told Stu it was probably okay for those over five yearís old. But then after talking to my accountant, Dewey (of the firm Dewey, Cheatum, and Howe), he said that he went to see it with his son, who had no problem with it (his son is in the eight-ish range), but because he actually has kids, he said it is probably better for eight and older. The reason he stated is because, well, Iíd give something away about the movie I donít want to, but letís just say that there must be a trigger of imagination and reality between the ages of five and eight.

I must also add this, since I am reviewing the movie after-all, and that is that I saw the film in 3-D. Gone are the green & red flimsy glasses and in are some cheap, plastic-framed polarizing lenses. The 3-D effects were pretty cool, but not as eye-grabbing as you might hope for, and confirmed with our staff-member, Whammy, who went with me to see the movie, the movie a lot of time looked slightly fuzzy. Right now Iíd have to say you donít really need to spend the extra couple of bucks to see the 3-D version, but the technology is a huge step forward, and does give a glimpse at the future of movies.

So letís wrap this review up. "Monster House" is about a house that is a monster. It has a reason for being a monster. The fathers I know say it is probably a little too scary for those under eight, but the one did think the movie was pretty good. The 3-D version was decent, but the technology still needs a little work. And in the end, Chowder was happy because Jenny touched him, but DJ shows that being smart and brave can get you one better. With all of that Iíve got to give "Monster House" 4 stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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