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A child meets the monster that lives under his bed. He even becomes one of his best friends. Soon the child discovers a whole new world of fun and games under his bed where pulling pranks on kids and other monsters is the main attraction. Written by
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At the movie's start, Brian's family is moving into what can politely be described as a fixer-upper. Brian's parents are having problems (which they emphasize are not the kids' fault), and Brian's younger brother Eric is seeing monsters after he goes to bed at night. Meanwhile, Brian is getting blamed for things he didn't do, such as putting the ice cream in a place where it would get all over his father's shirt--although he DID eat the peanut butter and onion sandwich near the TV.
Brian trades bedrooms with Eric and sets a trap for the monster. Too bad he didn't submit this as a science project (I don't recall him actually doing anything on his real school assignment), because a lot of work went into it and it looks really sophisticated.
Not much happens at first. A TV remote disappears under the bed all by itself. Eventually, the hideously ugly but cheerful Maurice appears. He can't stay past sunrise because bright light has the same effect on him as a bucket of water does on the Wicked Witch of the West (except in his case it's only temporary).
The next time Maurice returns, he takes Brian to a magical land under the bed where there are no rules. The other creatures there look a lot like Maurice--some much worse. There are numerous entrances into kids' bedrooms. One particularly funny part of the movie has lots of kids explaining to their parents that they didn't do what they were accused of.
Brian later learns that a world with no rules may not be such a good thing after all.
Fred Savage was very appealing as Brian, though he did have an attitude at times. Howie Mandel (Maurice) was almost as wild and crazy as Robin Williams in his Mork days. Amber Barretto was adorable as Kiersten, the pretty redhead Brian seemed to have a crush on. Daniel Stern and Fred Savage actually appear together here, instead of Stern merely being the adult version of Savage's character narrating his life. Stern seems more like a monster than a loving father in some scenes, but he shows a tender side too. And I have to single out Frank Whaley as the deliciously evil leader of the fantasy world.
The makeup was outstanding. Some of the monsters were absolutely revolting. The visual effects were nicely done, and the dark fantasy world well designed.
I would say this is a movie for the whole family, though a few scenes were a little too scary for the youngest children, especially toward the end.
Overall, it was a fun adventure.
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