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Monster High: Friday Night Frights/Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love?

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Some positive messages about diversity; iffy body images.

Movie NR 2013 92 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Girls can be, like, pretty and sporty

When I heard of Monster High, I suspected I wouldn't like it. When I actually saw these episodes, those suspicions were confirmed. It's not just the body image stuff (super thin yet busty girls; inverted triangle dudes), but the overall "this is what a girl is, this is what a guy is" gender representation. To me, 20 minutes of reinforced gender stereotypes wrapped up with two minutes of a decent conclusion that negates those stereotypes doesn't balance out. I was also weirded out by the girls' conclusion (spoiler alert) that they lost because they were trying to play like guys--so they got out their nail polish, lipstick, and high heel roller skates (I kid you not) and played like GIRLS (I repeat, "playing like girls" = playing with makeup and heels). I don't think that gender equality means girls dressing/acting like guys, but I don't think the core attributes of femininity are being pretty and an obsession with fashion.

Is It Any Good?

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

Older kids and young tweens will find plenty to enjoy here; it's lighthearted, upbeat, and girl-centered (with enough male monsters to appeal to boys, too). Monster High and its "diverse" population is a step above other franchise fashion dolls and their often ho-hum adventures. With a core message about accepting differences and diversity, the filmmakers have taken the offspring of often scary characters and made them accessible and worth getting to know. This DVD includes: a clever twist on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream when spells are cast that make the monsters fall in love with the wrong people; the ultimate punishment for wrongdoers -- a "cauldron of eternal body odor"; and a funny fictional story about the origins of Valentine's Day.

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