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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than entertain.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Mild cartoonish violence: Characters taken prisoner, one character has his brain removed and replaced by the brain of the bad guy, ghosts getting eaten by Pac Man.
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There's some potty humor involving flatulence, belching, and a character named "Dr. Buttocks."
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Products & Purchases
Based on iconic video game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pac's Scary Halloween is a 2016 short feature in which Pac and his friends have a frightening Halloween night in the castle of Count Packenstein. There's some potty humor involving flatulence, belching, and a character named "Dr. Buttocks." There's some demonic imagery of ghosts. Sensitive younger kids may find the tale too scary; older kids are likely to find the plot too simplistic. The entire production is cliched and bland, right down to Pac Man now sounding like a "cool" college kid. 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 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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