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Parents' Guide to

Monsters vs. Aliens

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Homage to '50s alien flicks too intense for youngest kids.

Movie PG 2009 94 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 69 parent reviews

age 2+


1 person found this helpful.
age 12+

Can we NOT have a scantily clad female character please?

Are we still using the same tired tropes objectifying and hyper sexualizing women and girls? Giant eyes (no, really, look at hers, then look at his), barely there waist, dress that shrinks to a napkin size, showing a garter (fps) and a camera angle that comes ever so close to straight up the skirt? Then in comes Seth Rogan's character in a ANIMATED movie meant for KIDS talking about "boobies"? Come on. Do better!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (69 ):
Kids say (93 ):

This is the kind of animated adventure that even child-free audiences can enjoy. DreamWorks Animation often takes a backseat to the computer-animation masters at Pixar, but MONSTERS VS. ALIENS is practically Pixar worthy. Resurrecting the campy, old-school villains of '50s B movies as modern-day heroes is brilliant, even if the target audience won't get most of the references. Directors Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon should also be applauded for the 3-D action scenes that are thrilling enough for adults without being too intense for tweens.

The voice talent is stellar -- from sweet-sounding Witherspoon to Dr. House as Dr. Roach to friendly shlub Rogen as a brainless blob to Kiefer Sutherland channeling Dale Dye as General W.R. Monger (get it?). And more than a few moviegoers will hoot for joy at the casting of Stephen Colbert as a doltish president who's first seen trying to communicate with the alien robot by playing both the tune from Close Encounters and "Axel F" on keyboard. The president also keeps accidentally almost pushing a big red button that releases nuclear weapons ... which is identical to the one that releases a latte. It's gags like that one that make Monsters vs. Aliens a real blast.

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