Parents' Guide to

Monster House

By Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Frightful fun for tweens and up.

Movie PG 2006 91 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 51 parent reviews

age 10+

Not good

It was a very strange movie. My 10-year old said that he felt like he was watching someone else's "fever dream." As mentioned earlier, there are some really inappropriate moments, like the collected urine in bottle, the "making out", the comment about "buying drugs." I was also surprised at an attempted joke about a uvula and one of the cartoon characters said something about "isn't that a girl body part?"Prepare to explain that one. I also detected kind of an anti-obesity sentiment. At one point, a police officer called the heavier boy in the cartoon "Porky" and the entire show ends up being about an morbidly obese woman who was rescued from a freak show. She was the monster. I might have been okay with the portrayal of the obese woman, but didn't like the reference towards the overweight boy character. All in all, the movie was just very weird, morbid, and disturbing and not in an artistic way.
4 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Too many bullies, bad characters and nothing of value that I could tell

Poor quality characters who are crude, rude and just mean. Only made it to the part where the babysitter insulted the kid she was supposed to be watching, threatened him, sent him to bed then later came up with her boyfriend to tease him and try to scare him more. The neighbor who owns the monster house for violently angry with 2 kids pretty much immediately intro the movie and ended up dying...i think...during his second outburst. When the kid tried to tell the babysitter she shut him down, etc as noted above. I can't personally figure out what could be likeable about this since the plot seems off for a kids movie and the characters don't have appropriate behavior even if they're supposed to be the bad guys as this is a kids movie supposedly. This is going in the trash immediately (got in a case with several other movies at a garage sale).

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Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (51):
Kids say (122):

Monster House boasts a top-notch crew, memorable voices that fit the characters perfectly, a great story, an ingenious backstory, and a twisty-turny ending. This is one of those movies where all the planets align. The motion-capture animation is the same as that used in The Polar Express, where the characters have so much personality you feel like you're watching real people. But even more important is the story, which is approaching Pixar quality. The characters and animation revolve around the story, rather than the other way around.

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