Parents' Guide to

Monster Family

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Messy, confusing animated monster tale has violence.

Movie PG 2018 93 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 10+
I love this movie so much it's the best my dad loves Dracula I hope you have seen it because it's the best
age 2+


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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (9):

Like many animated movies for kids, this one creates a universe with fantasy rules, but so many of the stated rules are later contradicted here that a confusing and irritating mess results. The action seems to be set in New York. So why do all the Wishbones speak with British accents? Suddenly the action is clearly in London. Huh? "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." Huh? Emma seems like a loving if frustrated and overworked mom who wishes her husband wouldn't stay so late at work and that her teenage daughter was less critical. But later in the film, when the plot hangs on the family being seriously unhappy, suddenly Emma starts barking at everyone, blaming, issuing absurd and militant ultimatums and, finally, just sending everyone away. Huh? An ancient spirit tells Fay she is beautiful, and when she refuses to go off and rule the world with him, he tells her that, in fact, she's ugly. Which is it? Dracula is supposed to have no power when he is recharging in his bath, yet he manages to shoot a pill through gallons of water straight into the mouth of a woman trying to destroy him before she can accomplish her mission. So is he powerless in the bath, or not?

In this extremely annoying vein, the family finally comes together in a fest of love, and that moment is memorialized in a photograph that later sits on Dad's desk. Since everyone present was in the photograph, the question is: Who took it? By Monster Family's end, no one will care.

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