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A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth.

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Storyline

When a meteorite from outer space hits a young California woman named Susan Murphy and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years. As a last resort, under the guidance of General W.R. Monger, on a desperate order from The President, the motley crew of Monsters is called into action to combat the aliens and save the world from imminent destruction! Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated PG for sci-fi action, some crude humor and mild language | See all certifications »

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27 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monsters vs. Aliens: A Monstrous IMAX 3D Experience  »

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Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£4,345,711 (UK) (3 April 2009)

Gross:

$198,332,128 (USA) (21 August 2009)
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A code title used during production was "Showdown". See more »

Goofs

When Susan tumbles out of her prison bed (just after arriving), the scene appears normal because there are no visual cues that she is a giantess falling from a giant bed where it's a long way to the floor. She should in fact seem to float down in slow motion. See more »

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Computer: Your busted, tired moves are no match for my security protocols.
Susan Murphy: We can't hold them off much longer!
Dr. Cockroach Ph.D.: There's one thing you don't know about me, my dear. My PhD is in... dance!
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During the closing credits, there is an additional scene in the War Room where the President prepares a latte for General Monger and pushes the wrong big red button. After hastily saying something about a contingency plan, he sticks his head seemingly out of the screen to address the audience: "Who wants to freeze my head?" See more »

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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Who's Crying Now
Written by Jonathan Cain and Steve Perry
Performed by Journey
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Fun but also acts as an example of why Dreamworks remains in second place to Pixar in all regards
7 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When she is stuck by an alien meteorite, summer bride Susan finds herself growing to enormous size and in possession of great strength – neither of which she wanted as the intervention of the US military does rather put a damper on her wedding day. Next thing she knows she is in a secret facility and part of a group of other monsters and mutants which the government keeps under wraps for the greater good. However, when an alien forces comes to Earth searching for the power that transformed Susan, the Government has no choice but to unleash their "monsters" to fight back.

The family animated film "genre" is pretty crowded at certain times of the years. Since Pixar hit big with films that deliver plenty of adults and children, many have tried to do the same. Dreamworks has probably been one of the more successful and Monsters v Aliens is, for better and worse, a fine example of their output. The adventure story provides plenty of spectacle and, as two people in their 30's watching this without children, we were consistently engaged by it thanks partly to this. What worked mostly better for me was the humour. In the most case the film is pretty funny thanks to the characters and the dialogue – BOB and Dr Cockroach are probably the strongest and they provide plenty of laughs. In contrast I thought the Missing Link was only OK as a character. I was chuckling consistently when the main group were around and the only bits I felt were poorly judged were most of the stuff involving the President (which was a waste of Stephen Colbert – a very smart lampooner of politicians); his keyboard moment didn't work and is quickly followed by an inappropriate joke about soiling himself.

Otherwise the voice cast is well used. Witherspoon plays it more or less straight and does a solid job. Rogen and Laurie dominate the laughs and their delivery is great. Arnett is capable of more although his presence along with Tambor makes for an amusing Arrested Development moment and of course Poehler is in there too. The Office's Wilson is fun as the "baddie" of the piece although Sutherland, Colbert and Rudd are not really particularly good or well used for a variety of reasons.

The one thing that this film cannot do though, is to deliver anything beyond the impressive visuals, smart lines and fleeting laughs. It doesn't appear to be trying to have more than this which is fair enough but for my money MvA does remind the viewer of the difference in class (generally) between Pixar and Dreamworks. Pixar films generally seem to be able to do all that this film can, but also deliver so much more – while Dreamworks seems happy with pop culture references in place of depth. That said it is harsh to judge this film against a very high bar of Pixar's best films, but rather it should be met on its own merits. So, yes, while there are things that don't work and also aspects that could have been significantly stronger, the film is generally colourful, funny and engaging for a wide age range. Not a classic by any means but it is still fun.


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