A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
Promotes being true to oneself and "finding your own music." Values living up to one's potential rather than aspiring to material goods and status.
Positive Role Models
With the exception of Cleo's villainous sister who wants fame and fortune and the usual troublemaker, Toralei, the high school "ghouls" are industrious, supportive, loyal, and resourceful. Characters are respectful of one another despite different appearances, behaviors, and species. Monster High dolls all are doe-eyed and curvaceous, with idealized features, often skimpy clothing, heavy makeup, and very high heels.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirtatious behavior between teen couples, one kiss. The Monster High dolls are drawn as very curvy, idealized teens with short, tight attire and spike heels.
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Products & Purchases
Boo York, Boo York is being released with a substantial number of new products; marketing is heavy. Advertised as the "first" Monster High musical; a CD soundtrack has been released as well. Several new dolls are introduced, and established dolls are available outfitted in their Boo York costumes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monster High: Boo York, Boo York, billed as the first Monster High musical, is indeed filled with contemporary music -- rock and rap accompanied by the doe-eyed, curvaceous gang dancing up a storm. Though there are still some of the usual positive messages and observations about diversity, music takes center stage here, alongside a multi-threaded plot with some mild suspense and mustache-twirling villains. Cleo De Nile's dad and sister lead the ghouls into an adventure in Boo York, Boo York, which looks awfully like a New York City populated by comic monsters and pun-filled landmarks. And, of course, shopping and dressing for a gala event is a big-city must! This release is tied to a major marketing campaign introducing a profusion of new character dolls and toys, as well as brand-new looks for the regulars. In addition, a CD is for sale, described as "an original motion picture soundtrack." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
On the upside, it's a musical and fun dolls are introduced; on the other hand, the music is generic and the flood of new toys (plus a movie soundtrack) make it a marketing windfall for the brand. Cleverly "punning" its way through bustling "Boo York, Boo York" (standing in for New York City and its landmarks), the plot whirls along, managing to somehow capture a half-dozen plot elements along with an album's worth of songs and still stay fun for fans who love the fantastical monster parodies and original fashions. The movie is not as message-laden as other series titles, but most of the villains are redeemed by the end, and a number of the characters, both old and new, have learned at least something about being true to oneself and "finding your own music."
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