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Kids vs. Monsters

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Tedious, awful horror-comedy for kids is unwatchable.

Movie NR 2015 101 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Terrible movie -- too ridiculous for teens, too violent for younger kids

If I could give half a star, I would. Terrible characters, terrible stereotyping, terrible message, terrible. I think it aims for Willy-Wonka style dark humor but the violence and death in this film is unambiguous. My nine-year-old was shocked and upset. If it's supposed to be a kids' movie, I don't know what kids will enjoy it. The broad acting, unsophisticated dialogue, cartoonish special effects (in some cases literal cartoons) seem pitched to the pre-teen age (no self-respecting teenager is going to watch this), but the violence and death of teen characters is going to scar the kids who might enjoy some of the rest. This isn't for anyone. Really just awful. Lots of wasted talent.

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Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

It's meant to be satire poking at teens today -- from the social media-obsessed to the goth to the obese to the overachievers -- but it's not clear what the point of this exercise in dullness is. The film spends a long time setting us up to loathe these teenagers -- and loathe their rich, self-important, evil parents just as much. So by the time the kids are sent off to be murdered by monsters that look about as well crafted as any B-movie flick from the early 1980s, it's hard to tell who the joke is on -- them, or us.

The film ultimately finds these teens working together to save themselves, which arguably gives it a tiny bit of merit, but the lifeless plot, tedious dialogue, and bizarre route to get there -- one monster is a man with a giant beet for a head -- will leave you wondering if this was a film student's idea of a very good joke. Jury is still out.

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