Monday, September 28, 2015

Hotel Transylvania 2 preaches tolerance

Rating:  PG, 1 hour 29 minutes

Grade:  B

In a Nutshell:   Colorful and silly, this family animation written by Adam Sandler takes a social stand on mixed marriages and tolerance.  Voice talents include a star-studded cast:  Adam Sandler, Mel Brooks, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Megan Mullally, Keegan Michael Key, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Chris Kattan, Dana Carvey, Rob Riggle, Nick Offerman, Jon Lovitz, and Andy Samberg.

Uplifting Theme:
·         Be yourself.  Let others be themselves too.
·         Mavis, the vampire who married a human, is on a mission for tolerance.  She says to her dad, Dracula, “Maybe you’ve let humans into your hotel, Dad, but you haven’t let them into your heart.”

Things I liked:
·         Considering it’s an Adam Sandler film, there is a surprisingly low number of body function jokes.
·         You’ll get it, even if you didn’t see the first one.
·         Dennis, the little boy, has the most adorable curly, red hair.   It served as a great gag throughout the movie as well.
·         The animation is clear, sharp, colorful and creative.
-     I admire how Adam Sandler keeps all of his old Saturday Night Live friends in work.
-     The movie reveals that Jonathan is from Santa Cruz, California, which  is the beach town near where I grew up.  Woo, beach boardwalk!

Things I didn’t like:
·         I only chuckled a few times.  Most of the laughs in the movie come from reactions to gags, pranks, and physical comedy.  The writing isn't that clever.
·         It ends with a clichéd dance party….not that it’s’s just predictable.
·         Mavis whines “Can we stop using the word ‘normal’?”  Apparently, we now live in a world where “normal” is bad and everything else is considered good.   
·         It demonstrates pretty well the entitled , younger generation that demands tolerance from everyone, yet doesn’t offer it very easily to others.

Funny lines:  
·         “From Prince of Darkness to King of Room Service…” – Vlad Dracula
·         “None of the parents better review this on Yelp.” – party performer
·         The young campers sing “Vampires will be friends forever…literally.”
·         “Michael, row your corpse ashore.” – Dracula
·         “I’m not a hippie; I’m a slacker.” – Jonathan

Things to look for:
·         Did you notice that all of the women in the movie have big hips and thighs?
·         Check out all of the things inside Blobbie in each scene he is in.

Tips for Parents:
·         Some of the monsters might be too scary for really young children.
·         Some fight scenes.
·         Some talk about “boobies”.

Missed the first one?  Check it out here:

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