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"HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA"
(2012) (voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez) (PG)


Alcohol/Drugs Minor
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Moderate
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Mild
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Moderate
Music (Scary/Tense) Moderate
Music (Inappropriate) Minor
Profanity None
Sex/Nudity Mild
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Moderate
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Animated Comedy: Dracula's plans to celebrate his daughter's 118th birthday at a hotel he's created that's for monsters only are interrupted when a human tourist unexpectedly drops in.
PLOT:
Having promised his late wife long ago to care for their daughter, Dracula (voice of ADAM SANDLER) has fulfilled that for more than a century and has seemingly created the coup de grace of that effort by creating the Hotel Transylvania, a lodging establishment for monsters only. With its grand opening coinciding with the 118th birthday of daughter Mavis (voice of SELENA GOMEZ), he's planning on a big celebration. The only problem is that Mavis longs for going out into the real world despite her dad's warnings about the dangers of humans toward their kind.

After proving that by allowing her to travel to a fake village populated by his zombie servants posing as threatening humans, Dracula is pleased to hear she'll never leave the castle again. Accordingly, the hotel opening and birthday celebrations begin with a plethora of monsters showing up, including Frankenstein (voice of KEVIN JAMES) and his wife, Eunice (voice of FRAN DRESCHER); werewolves Wayne (voice of STEVE BUSCEMI), Wanda (voice of MOLLY SHANNON) and their many pups; Griffin (voice of DAVID SPADE) the invisible man; and Murray (voice of CEELO GREEN) the mummy.

An unexpected guest turns out to be Jonathan (voice of ANDY SAMBERG), an American backpacker with a surfer dude attitude. Rather than let things get out of hand, Dracula has him pose as a monster party planner, unaware that sparks will fly between him and Mavis. As he tries to keep the hotel and birthday celebrations on course, Dracula must contend with that as well as the castle's chef, Quasimodo (voice of JON LOVITZ), who's certain there's a human among them who would make for a good meal.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet a fair amount of preteens might be interested, especially if they're into monster characters in a non-frightening setting. The computer animation will likely also have others interested in it.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For some rude humor, action and scary images.


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