Written March 27, 2015
This movie is GROSS! It was given a PG rating for "some rude humor"? Should be PG-13 for "totally and completely inappropriate for children"! In one scene the "W" on a sign over a hot dog restaurant called "Witchy Weiners" is burned out, so it says "Itchy Weiners". Really? Did we have to go there? Writers, can you not be creative anymore without being disgusting? And of course, no kids' movie would be complete without the horny little fat kid and the gay jock characters! Aside from the inappropriate humor, the writing is subpar, and the jokes fall flat. I actually felt embarrassed for the writers because hardly anyone in the theater laughed. Visually, the movie is just okay, and certainly not good enough to make up for all the negatives. This movie made me angry. What a waste of time and money!!!
Written July 29, 2015
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 March 04, 2013
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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.
Written December 21, 2014
Took to of my granddaughters and my wife. $40 for 3 drinks and 3 popcorns, One person at the ticket counter and one at the concession stand. Took over 20 min to get in and get our stuff. Theater was to warm and smelled. Will never go back to the AMC on Rainbow and Smoke Ranch in Las Vegas.