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Pac's Scary Halloween

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Some potty humor in bland, unoriginal Halloween tale.

Movie NR 2016 44 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

I’m being pac man for halloween

this is a fantastic movie choice for kids and adults . the movie has very diverse characters , romance , action , this is a cinematic masterpiece . i love pac man so much that i decided to be him for halloween . hell yeah :)

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Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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For Halloween fare, this movie brings nothing new. It's a layering of bland cliches -- even the voices of Pac and his "cool" college friends have been done for decades in one form or another -- as well as potty humor and a holiday storyline as unoriginal as they come. What had potential to be something entertaining and even funny for the whole family just feels lazy and shoddy, right down to the various Pac-themed renaming of familiar scary characters, Count Pacula and Dr Pacenstein, for instance.

While older kids will be put off by the obvious attempts to appeal to a younger audience, the humor as well as the demonic looks of some of the ghosts might be oft-putting to younger kids. It's not even that Pac's Scary Halloween is bad so much as it's boring and formulaic. Nothing out of the ordinary really happens. With all this taken into consideration, perhaps it's best to just keep Pac Man where he's most at home -- on video game screens.

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