To shield baby Mavis (Selena Gomez) from humans--whom he holds responsible for his wife's death--overprotective dad Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) builds a refuge for monsters, which is infiltrated by Jonathan (Andy Samberg), a young American backpacker, on his daughter's 118th birthday.
This animated monster movie is actually a fun family flick. Kids will relate to Mavis’ yearning to be independent, and parents will understand Dracula’s desperation to keep his little girl safe--even when she’s not such a little girl any more. Young viewers will be glad that they don’t have to wait until they're 118 years old to be allowed some freedom!
This movie is intended for older children.
Although the tone is generally warm and humorous, young preschoolers may still find some of the creatures disturbing.Five-year-olds, who get a kick out of twisted tales, will love the fact that the monsters are afraid of the humans and that Dracula reads Mavis "Tales of Humans" as a scary bedtime book.
Kids will find it funny when Dracula is continually annoyed by people who think vampires say, "Blah blah blah," when Mavis eats a bagel with scream cheese and when Jonathan grosses out Dracula by adjusting his contact lenses! They'll also laugh when Dracula sings to baby Mavis, "Hush little vampire, don't say a word, papa's gonna bite the head off a bird!"
Many tweens will probably find the movie too babyish although they may appreciate the creative nod to "Twilight."