Parents' Guide to

Monster Trucks

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Lots of action, thin story in boy-meets-creature adventure.

Movie PG 2017 122 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 12+

Super entertaining and lots of action!

Personally I loves this movie, I am an 18 year old and still enjoyed it, to be honest it was probably mostly because of Lucas Till😉 anyway, it does get a little scary, especially in the beginning, lots of characters are injured or dead do to the creatures flipping their trucks or other vehicles crashing and /or getting rammed off a cliff, you never see nor know for sure, lots of intensity, no blood nor sex, the two main characters only flirt a little and hold hands. Spoilers, The bad guy does die in a disturbing way at the end, nothing is really shown, you just hear him yelling and see him trying to get out of his truck, the main characters is shot at and chased relentlessly in a truck, anyway, overall this is a great movie and one I highly recommend!

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age 8+

Exciting and funny

My 7-8 year old found the beginning a bit scary (for young kids) but we knew the monsters where friendly from the preview which helped him get through the beginning. The rest was funny and endearing. A bit of reckless destruction at parts but mostly good stuff. He thought it was 4 stars. Id go 3. I like the message of protecting rate species from human development.

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Is It Any Good?

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Considering the rock-bottom expectations for this $125-million movie, it's actually not that bad of a story about a teen and his extraordinary, endangered bestie; but that doesn't mean it's good. Till and Levy are both in their late 20s (and look it, despite the shaggy haircut on Till and cutesy barrette on Levy) and should be beyond playing high-school characters. But at least that means they give decent performances despite paper-thin material. And the filmmakers wisely keep any romance between them to a minimum, so the movie won't alienate younger kids.

The supporting characters don't have a whole lot to do, but it is nice to see a stepdad-type character turn out to be supportive and helpful instead of antagonistic. Pepper, who's been good with a gun in his hand since Saving Private Ryan, is more than the typical country bumpkin stereotype as Sheriff Rick. And then there's veteran comedian Lennon as the curious Terravex scientist who for once doesn't want to let his boss get away with something unethical. He adds a bit of humor to the proceedings, which otherwise vary between surprisingly tense (the special ops agents can be pretty scary) or light and silly (like when Tripp and Creech are playing around or testing out how fast the Creech-powered truck will go). Ultimately, unless you have a monster-truck-obsessed child, Monster Trucks is definitely a skippable movie.

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