Written August 19, 2012
This movie appears to be a ok movie from the trailer, but is not a movie for younger kids. How do I put this nicely, there is a lot of immoral and improper content. Not derogatory like a lot of movie are today. In this one they just come right out and throw it in your face. Needless to say I wanted to walk out in the first fifteen minutes.
Written August 18, 2012
Dark movie, guilt-ridden or clueless characters and very loud. Not much humor and writing was flat. Reminded me of Monster House, but not as clever. NOT for kids under 10.
Written January 17, 2017
I went in fully expecting a fun kids movie. It succeeded at that! But what I wasn't expecting were great characters and a very grown up plot. Once things start to reveal themselves halfway through the movie, the movie goes to another level. The kids will love the humor and zombies. But the parents will love the very touching story, darker themes, and twist ending. It should be up for an Oscar. Really. That good.
Written October 26, 2016
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.
Written January 19, 2017
Some bad language. A scene where the one boy was pausing his mothers exercise videos so that he could look at the butts of the ladies in the video, and at the end the one male character mentioned that he had a boyfriend. Thank you for allowing me to answer some questions that I felt my children were a little young to hear about. Great ride home from the movie. The movie seems like it has been done many times before. Animation was bad.
A few parts made you laugh, that is including the children in the audience, but not enough to make it worth the money. Wait until it comes out on DVD or Netflix, and watch it before you let your kids.