A nicely animated but rather forgettable monster movie for kids, Monster Family tells the story of the New York family the Wishbones. After reluctantly going to a Halloween costume party, the family are cursed by an evil witch and transformed into real versions of the costumes they were wearing – meaning mum, dad and two kids are now a vampire, a mummy, a werewolf and Frankenstein’s monster.
With confusing detours to the London Eye and Egypt, a lot of the movie makes little sense (why is Dracula using a jet pack – surely he has wings?), while the humour mainly concerns fart gags that even little kids will find tedious. The voice cast make the best of it – Jason Isaacs, as Dracula, has the most fun – but in the end it’s not as good as Hotel Transylvania and its sequel.
Fine for watching on a rainy day on TV, but not worth making the effort to head to the cinema for.
This film should be fine for children over the age of 7 unless they are very sensitive.
There are a few minor scary moments – vampire mum craves blood at one point, and the witch may frighten younger viewers – but it is mainly mild threat.
As mentioned in the review, there is some rude humour, mainly concerning the father’s farting.
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