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Love and Monsters

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Charming post-apocalyptic adventure is filled with suspense.

Movie PG-13 2021 109 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 15+

Moaning sex scene in beginning

The first scene (so just fast forward) had sex moan scene noise and a silhouette. This was ridiculous for a family movie. It absolutely served no purpose. The agenda seems odd because these silly things take away a lot of their audience, so it must be more important than money. Anyway, we all have different standards and I get that, but I am just surprised they add these things. Seems odd. Most I know agree. It is a good movie otherwise. Very good one, so I guess that is why I don’t get their weird showing teen sex agenda when the same people online scream against this agenda.
age 11+


there is an implied sex scene at the start but only mature children will get it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (27 ):

O'Brien's earnest charisma makes this comedic post-apocalyptic adventure a surprisingly sweet and entertaining pick. Movies aren't released in a vacuum. Given the state of the world in 2020, there's a particular appeal to watching a post-apocalyptic movie, so it's a relief that this one is, despite all of the human-eating creatures, irresistibly cute and funny. Life in a bunker surrounded by a colony (or bubble) that works together under unthinkable, unprecedented, life-or-death circumstances feels especially resonant in 2020, and the underlying themes of community, love, and teamwork are important reminders of the values that are needed to overcome not just a "monsterpocalypse" but any catastrophe.

O'Brien, who first broke out in Teen Wolf and then The Maze Runner films, is quite good at portraying Joel, a self-deprecating everyguy who's known more for making his colony minestrone than for fighting the monsters aboveground. He sketches and journals and tries to keep his PTSD at bay, until one day he decides to risk everything to reach Aimee, whom his brain has turned into an idealized version of his one true love. Rooker and Greenblatt are appealing as his hardened but kind companions on the road, and a shout-out needs to be given to the canine performer who plays the expressive Boy. For an uplifting view of humanity, even at what seems like the end of the world, check out this understated adventure about a guy who survives and thrives against all odds.

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