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Parents' Guide to

Little Monsters

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Beetlejuice wannabe with potty talk, a bit of heart.

Movie PG 1989 105 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 11+

age 8 is way too young

This movie is scary and leaves an uncomfortable feeling over all.
1 person found this helpful.
age 12+

Creepy but not in a good way

The whole concept of this movie is creepy and not child-friendly. Monsters come out from under kids' beds at night to torment them (including a baby) and wreak havoc that the parents then angrily blame on the kids. The monsters never realize that this is bad. Even the "friendly" monster character is pretty obnoxious. I agree with others that the language is inappropriate for elementary school kids. One character smokes. There is mild bullying, and the parents argue a lot and eventually get separated/divorced. Some scenes (such as monsters melting or tearing off each other's heads) may be too scary for kids under about 10 years old. My 10yo and 12yo did not like it.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (10 ):

For a movie about monsters, this flick has a bit of heart. It captures the loneliness of a kid who has moved to a new town and whose parents are in a bad way. But some of the arguments and cursing from the parents beg the question of whether their participation is really necessary to the plot of the film, or just an attempt to anchor it in a gritty reality.

Kids and tweens might appreciate the feisty and juvenile behavior that Howie Mandel's Maurice brings to the screen, but viewers who have seen Beetlejuice will see more than a little resemblance to Michael Keaton's famous ghoul. He does warm up as the movie progresses, but adults might find the characterization little more than an irritant with a penchant for pulling down people's pants. Thanks to the creepy sets, spooky masks, and Fred Savage's candid portrayal of an 11-year-old kid, this movie deserves a small spot in the comedic monster movie pantheon.

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