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Girl vs. Monster

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun family Halloween flick has some frightful moments.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

For skeptical parents, both with positive and negative points

Hi Families, I'm Pointy a parent and teacher, When I first watched Girl vs Monster I a little skeptical, but it turned out pretty good, though that's only my opinion. In my reviews I always put what parents want to know. We all raise our kids differently so here are the reasons why you might want to watch it first, like I did, or watch it with them. Or maybe it won't matter if you let them watch it by themselves. 1) The Language is not terrible, though I would of course never let my child say any of it. Besides most of it is from the villains. Words like idiot, shut up, stupid and dumb are used, but only from the bad guys. 2) Is there any sexy stuff? of the main characters, Ryan, has had a crush on Skylar (another main character) for a long time and is afraid to ask her out. Finally though he does and she says yes. Though other than that nothing, no physical contact or words really are used, other than a song. 3) Violence, the main characters are in peril most of the movie also the monsters are shot at with laser guns. Also some characters chased, held hostage, and dangle from on top of a roof. Plus there are some scary part, no gore, just startling parts were monsters chase, pop out of no where and fly around making sounds. 4) Skylar is a good role model, she's independent, strong and most of the movie fearless. She keeps her friend's hope up. 5) The message is very good. The whole theme of the movie is too be without fear. To overcome your fear. At the end they all overcome their fears. Another thing you might want to know is how the characters dance. In some parts they are dancing with questionable movements, but nothing really bad. Most of the negative facts I stated are only knowledgeable to parents because kids wouldn't pay attention to them. Over all it's a good movie. Though like I said it has some starling parts and a crush. But not much more. For more reviews like this one check out most of the Disney movies and TV shows, and most children's books. Just look for my name at the top or bottom of a review. ~Pointy
age 7+

Spooky fun without being scary

I watched this with my five year old son and seven year old daughter. She is usually very sensitive about conflict in movies, but she also has a growing interested in live action tween shows, so she gave it a shot. Both of them loved it. If I were reviewing this for adults, I'd say it lacks any real stakes, but that's what made it fine for my daughter. There is no real feeling of danger or loss, which is something that often occurs in otherwise appropriate movies (like Coco, Lion King, Frozen, etc). It's corny and fun and easy to follow, with enough goofy parts that my son enjoyed it as well. Some of the minor sight gags had him rolling on the floor with laughter. A major plot point involves a boy asking a girl out. My daughter is aware enough of that idea from other books and it is handled very benignly here. She didn't ask what it meant but it would be easy to provide an age appropriate explanation of the level of romantic interest in this movie. The moral of the story is also very simplistic– facing your fears is the best way to deal with them– which I would say is a virtue for this kind of Halloween movie. It's a positive lesson that requires no qualification. My one problem with it is the lack of diversity. Every character who has any significance to the plot is white. There are several supporting characters and it would have been easy to make any of them non-white. The fear of a black planet is still haunting this otherwise pleasant movie

Is It Any Good?

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This is a fun choice for families who like Halloween thrills without the slasher-style blood spills. Its violence is limited to ray guns that reel in monsters and some sticky situations that are equal parts peril and comedy. Likely the jumpiest moments for kids (and perhaps parents) are the surprises that lurk in the shadows -- trees that spring to life, floating heads that appear out of nowhere, and the maniacal Deimata who possesses Skylar's friends in an effort to get close enough to scare the wits out of her. It might mean you have to snuggle a little closer to your kids on the couch, but they probably won't suffer any sleep deprivation over the light-hearted scares.

More than likely what your kids will get out of Girl vs. Monster -- especially with some help from you -- is a fun-filled lesson in the joys of conquering your fears. Skylar and her friends have to do just that to save Skylar's family from Deimata's clutches, and kids will recognize that while it's not an easy thing to do, it has long-lasting benefits for those who manage to see it through. While you're at it, don't miss the opportunity to remind your kids that your family rules exist for a reason, and that breaking them can have serious -- and less humorous -- consequences as well.

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