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The new animated release from Dreamworks, Monsters vs. Aliens, made me laugh and not once did I roll my eyes or look at my watch to see how much of the 94 minutes I had left. That alone should be enough for a positive review. Since most of you will go with a younger viewer in tow you more than likely want to know if it is adult friendly. And it is. The humor and slapstick are enough that while the preteens are laughing at the silly, jiggling blob you can laugh at the reference to Global Warming, etc.

 

The plot is pretty straight forward. Earth is attacked by a big headed, four eyed alien named Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) and it is up to the U.S government to save the day. Luckily they have a group of monsters that they have hidden away in a secret military bunker that no one knows about. Yes, conspiracy theorists have their day! This rag tag team is led by Dr. Cockroach Ph.D (Hugh Laurie), a mad scientific genius, and comprised of The Missing Link (Will Arnett), B.O.B (Seth Rogen), Insectisoris, and Ginormica (Reese Witherspoon). Ginormica is the newest addition to the monster family just recently having been altered from a normal bride to be, to a 50 ft giant with super human strength, all due to exposure to a falling meteor. Just go with it ok? It works best that way.

 

Granted Pixar is still the king of animation but this one serves up a pretty decent portion of laughs thanks to B.O.B. He is a one eyed mindless blob who proves that even with monsters, ignorance is bliss. Seth Rogan was the perfect choice to voice this character due mainly to his ability to deliver lines with simplicity and innocence. The other characters have their moments but bring little in the form of full length humor. Though full of recognizable names (Paul Rudd, Kiefer Sutherland, Amy Poehler and Renée Zellweger) none of these are stand out or memorable.

 

Monsters vs. Aliens is shot for a 3-D viewing option and I can see where certain scenes would work better in that dynamic. I screened the film in a normal viewing and it looks fine, but if you get the chance to see it in 3-D I suggest you do so. Rated PG for sci-fi action, some crude humor and mild language it is safe for all ages with only one or two potty humor jokes and a funny female reference by B.O.B. If the word “boobies” is offensive to your family you probably have problems leaving your house to begin with and wouldn’t go regardless. The rest of you can rest easy and go have fun at the theater. I give this 3 out of 5 jell-o molds. Again, enough laughs and antics to make it a worthwhile family outing but not enough to give it long term appeal.

 

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