A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Depicts school as a place where kids who don't fit in elsewhere find a family and home.
Be yourself. Treat others with kindness, even if they're different from you. Talking about your problems can help you confront them.
Positive Role Models
High schoolers yearn to feel that they belong. Parents show their love in ways that can sometimes feel overbearing.
The cast is racially diverse. Teenage characters feel they have to hide parts of themselves, and they struggle to fit in. One character introduces their name with the pronouns "they" and "them." The high school has an "all-monster" lavatory. Characters practice witchcraft.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters suffer taunts and insults for being different, and they are chased and threatened by a monster. One teen is seemingly killed after a character drinks a potion that turns him into a vicious creature. Another has her head severed through witchcraft as she's turned into someone else (she's fine and reverts back to her body quickly). Characters spend time in a cemetery. Some creepy content is played for laughs, like kids playing football with an actual foot or a vampire mentioning people's juicy veins.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two teens have crushes on each other and an ex is jealous.
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Products & Purchases
Monster High products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monster High: The Movie, based on the dolls that also inspired the animated TV series and films, is a live-action high school-set musical fantasy with some scenes that could frighten very young viewers. Though most of the mild scares are played for laughs (like kids playing football with an actual severed foot), teens are chased and threatened by an evil monster who appears to kill one character at one point. Characters spend time in a cemetery and suffer taunts and bullying for being different. But at Monster High, they find a place where they fit in and they learn the value of inclusion. The cast is racially diverse, and the characters represent all manner of monsters (vampires, ghouls, werewolves, etc.). Other examples of representation include a character who uses the pronouns "they" and "them" and the high school's "all-monster" bathroom. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This film will appeal to tweens and younger fans of the monster dolls who will likely appreciate the costuming rather than find it a distraction from the sweet relationships at the story's core. In the vein of Disney's popular Zombies films, Monster High: The Movie lets characters work out typical teen angst and identity issues under the guise of fantasy figures from the monster world. These allow for some pretty great puns ("she's got mummy issues," the "ghouls" become "beasties"), and a few pokes at teenage behavior (Frankie struggles to make friends via social media while others communicate solely via their coffin-shaped cell phones, and even vampires have to deal with overbearing parents).
Despite the characters' monster "identities," their get-ups (the boys' costumes and powers are especially weak), and their overly staged song-and-dance numbers, they just want what humans want: to fit in and feel free and loved in their skin. A brief epilogue hints that a sequel is in the works.
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