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Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family  |  16 October 2009 (USA)
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Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Max
Pepita Emmerichs ...
Max Pfeifer ...
Claire's Friend
Madeleine Greaves ...
Claire's Friend
Joshua Jay ...
Claire's Friend
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Mom
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Carol (voice)
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Alexander (voice)
Sonny Gerasimowicz ...
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A young boy named Max has an active imagination, and he will throw fits if others don't go along with what he wants. Max - following an incident with Claire (his sister) and her friends, and following a tantrum which he throws as a result of his Mother paying more attention to her boyfriend than to him - runs away from home. Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination. This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including one named Carol who is much like Max himself in temperament. Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems. Written by Huggo

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There's one in all of us. See more »


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Rated PG for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language | See all certifications »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

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$32,695,407 (USA) (16 October 2009)

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$77,222,184 (USA) (5 February 2010)
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Michelle Williams was at one point cast to voice KW, but the role went to Lauren Ambrose. The reason given by the filmmakers for this was that Williams' voice didn't match what they're going for. ChloĆ« Sevigny was another consideration for the same role. See more »

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When Max says, "Wow!" when he sees Carol's world built from sticks, an earpiece is visible in Max Records' ear. See more »

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[first lines]
Max: Hey, Claire. Wanna see something great?
Claire: [on the phone] Who else was there?
Max: It's an igloo! I made it.
Claire: Yeah, my brother.
Max: Hey, Claire!
Claire: I can't. We're supposed to go to my dad's that weekend.
Max: The snowplows left some snow across the street, and I dug a hole into it.
Claire: Go and play with your friends.
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The logos for Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, and Village Roadshow Pictures are covered with Max's scribblings. See more »

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Sailing Home
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Written by Karen O
Performed by Karen O and the Kids
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A painfully boring and meaningless film.
4 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went to see this at the dollar theater with my wife and 9 yr old daughter over the Christmas holiday while school was out. We had fully intended to go see the movie shortly after it was released. After hearing so-so reviews we were a little hesitant but still wanted to see it, but it just never happened. Boy am I glad now that we never got around to it earlier. Was there a point to this film other than the fact that our society no longer views reasonable discipline or supervision of children by parents to be an expected practice?

I want my dollar back, but even more important, I want my 101 minutes back! Just Awful!


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