Monster High: Ghouls Rule

Movie review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Toy line characters teach tolerance -- and iffy body images.

NR 2012 72 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 7+

"Dad, are you sure she's not adopted?"

I was extremely disappointed that I overheard this line while my 5 year old daughter, who we adopted, was watching this movie. Other shows (Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First: Dads and Daughters Day) have handled the idea of blended families and adoption so beautifully, so to hear this line uttered here was really surprising and out of touch with a broader movement to be more responsible with dialogue. It was said by Nefera DeNile to her dad, Ramses DeNile, when her sister, Cleo, was not consorting with the type of royalty expected of someone with her "bloodline." The idea being communicated is that blood makes us the same, and if you're not the same, you must be adopted, which means different and explains all of your differences. To drop the adoption line is simply exclusionary and arms another generation of kids with this stupid idea. It helps not one single person and only does harm. Come on, writers Ted Zizik and Mike Mike Montesano, recognize that you are in a powerful position, and it comes with great responsibility. This line was totally unnecessary and not funny. For me, this casual use of old, bad ideas, is enough of a red flag that I am blocking the show. You can, and others do, do better.

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