A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
These characters are all about teamwork, friendship, and inclusion. They don't discriminate against one another based on what kind of monster they are or what they look like.
Positive Role Models
Draculaura stands up for her belief in the fact that the queen of the vampires is out there somewhere. The girls help Draculaura find the missing vampire queen even though it would be a lot easier (and safer) for them just to stay at school.
Violence & Scariness
Although they are made to look attractive, these characters are still monsters and may frighten or confuse very young children. The interim head of the vampires is greedy and tries to force Draculaura to marry him.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Since the characters are high-school-aged, it's no surprise that there is more mention of romance, boyfriends, and celebrity crushes than in other elementary-targeted media with younger characters. A few of the students are paired up as couples who hold hands, hug, and even kiss. Two of the girls are obsessed with competing male actors in a fictional love triangle. They keep talking about how much dreamier and "hot" their pick is and even have a "cute court" to determine which guy is better.
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Some name-calling language like "phony," "stupid," "cray-cray," "blind," and "freak," as well as "shut up."
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Products & Purchases
This movie is based on a toy line from Mattel, and the characters have previously starred in TV specials, movies, and a web series. There is also an accompanying set of books about the doll characters written by Lisi Harrison.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monster High: Frights, Camera, Action! is a movie based on the Mattel toy line of adolescent monster dolls, books, games, and other merchandise -- as well as TV specials and a web series. Because they're high school students, some of the Monster High characters are preoccupied with celebrity crushes and have boyfriends/girlfriends. Several times, someone says a celebrity is "hot," and the couples hold hands, hug, and briefly kiss. The language is fairly mild but does include some name-calling like "stupid," "cray-cray," "loser." Parents concerned with unrealistic body issues may not appreciate the way the Monster High characters are mostly tiny-waisted waifs with perfect hair, big eyes, and noticeable makeup or super handsome jock-ish looking guys. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
For existing fans of the dolls, this movie at least provides a somewhat amusing story to follow. These monsters have a similar look to the Bratz -- they have huge doe-eyed, prettily glossed lips and shadowed eyes, and fashionista figures -- but they also have the more interesting twist of being monsters. Because the characters are teenagers, they tend to be focused on adolescent issues like romance and friendship drama, so this movie's plot is really for upper elementary. The plot, at least, is actually pretty funny, as it clearly spoofs on real pop culture, like the Twilight craze and the fervor with which fans debate which suitor they support in fictional love triangles.
But the overarching story about Draculaura's search for the real vampire heir may not interest kids as much as the silly debate between the girls back at school about who is the hotter Veronica Van Camp boyfriend -- Edweird of Alucord. Because of the way the girls fight and get upset over their celebrity crushes, it's hard to recommend this for young girls who really shouldn't be concerned with boyfriends and celebrity romances yet
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