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'Paranorman': The Perfect, Scary Romp to Introduce Horror Movies to Kids

By zacheser
Written March 27, 2015
Every now and then, there's a movie that helps redefine what a kids movie should be like; 'The Goonies' and 'Gremlins' both come to mind. 'Paranorman' joins these movies and serves as a reminder that sometimes a kids movie can also double as a thrilling adventure for adults and children alike. LAIKA studios, who made 'Coraline' a few years back, brings stop motion to a new height with this film which currently sits in a CGI-riddled featherbed of children's films released this summer. How is this one any different? It doesn't pander to children. Sure, there's a few sight gags and it's visually stimulating, but it also has a lot of heart. Films like this make it clear to children that life isn't perfect and it wears its heart boldly on its sleeve particularly during the third act which serves as a fitting "don't judge a book by its cover story" without being a PSA. Final thought: if you want to try to introduce horror to your kids, this is a clever - and fun - stepping stone.
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Uninspired ParaNorman

By ProfW
Written August 18, 2012
A visually satisfying movie should not have a script that consists of a string of cliches. Alas, "ParaNorman" is too scary for kids and too tiresome for grownups. The enthusiastic reviews puzzle me. I can't recommend this film.
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What A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY

By fredrockvatroy
Written August 18, 2012
This movie sucked in all departments from laugh to acting. What a total WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. My 10 year old niece can put together better story lines than this. I cannot say this loud enough WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ParaHorrible

By IWantMyMoneysWorth
Written September 18, 2014
Witless plot, dialogue, and characters had the quality, charm, and entertainment value of an annoying saturday morning cartoon. The last five minutes were redeeming and had value, but not enough to make up for the 95% you have to suffer through to fi-nal-ly get there.
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Funny movie, but not for children under age 15.

By dzw_36041
Written April 21, 2015
Not for children under 15. Has several choice words, references to sex and homosexuality. The movie would frighten young kids and leave most under 15 with questions or awkward comments. It is a funny movie for older teens and adults.
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