Hotel Transylvania

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Father-daughter comedy works as intro to monster movies.

PG 2012 92 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 43 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 74 reviews

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age 11+


I’d sound a bit conservative but there was absolutely no need of kissing scene between Mavis and Johnny. There’s not enough good stuff for kids to watch, i like this movie v much but it would be best if it didn’t have the kissing scene and her argument with her father following that scene. Not a good role model for young girls of age 7-10

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age 7+

Nice movie

For starters, the people who said that adults don't like this movie are wrong since both me and my mom when we watched it a few days before Halloween and both of us loved it. CSM's review of it is right on the money, though there was one small error about Mavis being half-vampire when really she is fully a vampire, but that is no big deal. Anyways, more about content, or at least some select aspects of the content. When Mavis and Jonathan were just starting to get to know each other in the movie, Jonathan asks a question about if Mavis is naked when she turns into and from a bat, which I don't think she answers, but that is not the worst innuendo your kids would encounter in life, they probably wouldn't even get it obviously. Also, it is pointed out that Mavis and Jonathan are 118 and 21 years old respectively, but their romance is completely benign and the movie doesn't dwell on the age difference and neither should you in my opinion. For language, majority of it are made-up stand-in swears, the few actual "swears" are not bad at all and as with the innuendo I mentioned, there are far worse swear-words your kid would encounter, so don't worry too much about both things. Drac kind of reminds me of my maternal grandfather in that both are kind of grumpy, but the latter less so. My (and my mom's too) favorite character was Mavis. She has a good personality, is smart and curious, presents herself as a good girlfriend for Johnathan, and because of her respect for diversity in being willing to date a human, she is a good media role model to use CSM terms. Besides the main reasons why I like her, Mavis also proves you can have a good-looking, slightly flirty female character without objectifying them or giving them revealing outfits. In conclusion, as said, CSM's rating is right on the money, but I think kids as young as five can watch it without being freaked out too badly. Still, I wouldn't show it to/let overly young and/or sensitive kids watch. It is a good and comedic alternative to horror movies like itself and the later Hotel Translyvania movies and is good to watch/show on or around Halloween or any time. Sorry that this review is long and thank you for your time if you read it thoroughly all the way through. P.S: This is the first movie review I have written on CSM and under my new CSM name (hope you are able to see it). Under my first username, Purrcat2010, I also written other reviews on this site about two The Legend of Zelda games and the Warriors book series.

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