Movie Reviews: Monster House




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     Sony Pictures (1 hr. 31 mins.)
     Three young kids discover that one of the houses in their neighborhood is alive.
     Steve Buscemi, Mitchel Tate Musso, Sam Lerner, Nick Cannon
Bottom Line:

Laurence Washington

So with "The Barn Yard" waiting on deck and the summer releases of "Ice Age 2," "Cars," "Over The Hedge," do we really need another CGI kiddie movie?


Especially if it’s produced by film guru’s Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis.

Enter "Monster House," a fun filled animated roller coaster romp that might be too intense for younger children.

On the day before Halloween, 12-year-old DJ (Mitchel Tate Musso) and his best friend Chowder (Sam Lerner) are frightened by weird old Mr. Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi) after their basketball wanders onto his lawn and Nebbercracker’s house mysteriously swallows up the ball. Then the house tries to add their friend Jenny (Spencer Locke-Bonney) as an appetizer and attempts to snick snack on anyone or any object that gets close enough to devour. Of course adults don’t believe DJ, Jenny and Chowder, so the trio set out to save the day and neighborhood.

Although Mid-July seems like an awkward time for a Halloween-themed adventure, the audience becomes so enthralled that it’s a forgivable sin.

"Monster House" has the feel of a live-action film animation technique that is reminiscent of the computer-generated imagery of "The Polar Express." The plot is uncluttered as children of all ages can identify with having a creepy neighbor who lives in the spooky house down the block – "Let’s investigate."



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