Hotel Transylvania 2

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Slightly spooky sequel isn't stellar, but fine for families.
  • PG
  • 2015
  • 89 minutes
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Parents say

age 7+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Kids interested in horror movies will be introduced to classic monsters in a harmless way. Kids will also learn the benefits of diversity.

Positive Messages

Messages about the importance of tolerance, fighting prejudice, and celebrating diversity.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Drac is a caring, attentive grandfather, even though he puts Dennis in harm's way on his night out. Everyone loves Dennis despite the fact he's half monster, half human. Mavis is a wonderful mother who wants to do what's best for Dennis, even if that means moving away from Transylvania so he can be around more humans. Jonathan is brave, kind, and funny.

Violence & Scariness

A battle late in the movie between demon bats and the monsters is scary. The friends accidentally set a camp on fire with their antics. A car explodes. The monsters try to scare people but fail. It looks like a boy will fall to injury, but his grandfather saves him.

Sexy Stuff

Mavis and Jonathan kiss at their wedding; later, Jonathan complains about not getting any "alone" time with his wife. A monster falls for a human and kisses him all over the face.

Language

Insults like "idiot," "shut up," "imbecile."

Consumerism

Several placements of Sony electronics, including close-ups of the phones. Also many tie-in products and toys.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hotel Transylvania 2 is the sequel to the popular (if not particularly critically successful) monster comedy Hotel Transylvania and once again features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, and Selena Gomez. Except for a few blink-and-you'll-miss-them "angry faces" from Dracula and a couple of other vampires (and the monsters' somewhat creepy appearance in general), the one genuinely scary part is when a group of demon bats fights the human-friendly monsters near the end of the movie. Language includes mild insults like "stupid" and "imbecile," and the romance is limited to a couple of kisses. Positive messages focus on family unity and diversity, and the characters are all trying hard to do well.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNess914 October 2, 2015

Watch what you say

Over all it was a good movie, but there was a scene I did not like at all, it's says something about eating too much candy and that "diabetes is the r... Continue reading
Adult Written by1offive October 11, 2015

Great family movie... Had all of us laughing until the end.

You know the movie was great when your family is talking about all the funny parts on the drive home. Much better than the first Hotel Transylvania.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMylifeasateen8 September 26, 2015

Great movie

I loved this movie it was really funny and great for a family. This movie had a great message about accepting people for they are.
Kid, 10 years old September 26, 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2

This movie is so good it will make you Laugh Throughout the movie and has positive Messages My Mpaa Rating: Rated PG For Thematic Elements

What's the story?

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 is the follow-up to the 2012 monster comedy about Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez), a young vampire woman who falls in love with Jonathan (Andy Samberg), a human guy. In the sequel, Mavis and Jonathan get married and eventually have a cute little son, Dennis. Still living at the hotel, the new family doesn't know whether baby Dennis is a vampire or not because of his blended heritage; his fangs must grow by the time he's 5 if he's going to follow in Mom and Grandpa's bat-steps. So the story fast-forwards to the weeks leading up to Dennis' 5th birthday, when grandpa Drac (Adam Sandler) tries to help his beloved grandson produce his vampire fangs ... or else Dennis and his parents will move away.

Is it any good?

Although it has some clearly positive messages about family unity and diversity, this isn't the sort of animated comedy you'll return to again and again. It will surely amuse kids -- especially those who enjoyed the original -- but it's not likely to make a lasting impression on parents. Still, everyone will laugh when Drac and his crew of monster pals try to school young Dennis in the ways of monsterdom. And there's a fun bit of stunt casting: Mel Brooks as Vlad, Drac's prejudiced vampire father, who isn't tolerant of humans but has been invited to Dennis' birthday party.

Sandler, who co-wrote the script, fills it with kid-targeted humor, and the cast is pleasant enough, but some of the jokes fall flat or linger a beat too long before the punchline. There's also the strange case of slacker Jonathan still seeming like a teen when, by all accounts, he's about 27 for the bulk of this installment. Parents will appreciate the way the story pokes fun at the hypervigilant ways of today's parenting styles. It's best depicted when Drac takes Dennis to his old vampire camp, which is now so tame that the counselors spot, coddle, and sing with the young vampires. While Hotel Transylvania 2 isn't a great movie, it's a fine family pick for the Halloween season.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Hotel Transylvania 2's themes of identity and tolerance. What part(s) of young Dennis' story can be applied to all sorts of real-life families?

  • Why are monster movies so popular? Why is it sometimes fun to be scared? How much scary stuff can young kids handle?

  • Many of the characters are monsters that have been featured in horror movies, but they're not as scary here. Why? What makes them kid riendly?

  • How does the sequel compare to the original? Do you think there should be a third film?

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