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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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The Weird Will Save The World. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

27 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Box Office

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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Trivia

The two technicians who first discover the incoming meteor call the control center and issue a "Code Nimoy" alert, an homage to Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock. See more »

Goofs

When the President plays the Close Encounters of the Third Kind motif on the synth, he's playing in the key of C, but the music heard is in the key of F. See more »

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[Opening lines]
Technician Ben: Hey, Jerry, you might wanna check this one out. Palomar just picked it up. It looks like some form of UFO, and it's headed this way.
Technician Jerry: How many times do I have to tell you this? UFOs don't exist. It's probably just...
[Sees computer, heads to monitors]
Technician Ben: Wow, it's energy reading is massive.
Technician Jerry: Holy Cheez-its! What do we do? No one ever told us what to do! The only reason I took the job was because we weren't supposed to do anything!
Technician Ben: Jerry, calm down. I'm calculating the impact point. It ...
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Crazy Credits

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 The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) See more »

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Wooly Bully
Written by Domingo Samudio
Performed by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Doesn't live up to the promise.
14 March 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

When I first heard of Monsters vs. Aliens I literally went giddy. A 50's B-movie revival! Stephen Colbert as the President! Hugh Laurie as a cockroach! I mean, it's called Monsters vs. Aliens!!!

What I got was a mildly good movie. I mean, there were some nice gags in the Strangelove- lite War Room, and some great lines from BOB, but it really left me wanting more. As a whole, the film never got to the comical heights of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, or even Shrek 2. There are times in the movie where you know that they are going completely random to try and get some laughs, but fail pretty badly.

Besides comedy, the story itself is pretty predictable. From the moment you meet the monsters you know what the moral of the story, and you know pretty much how the whole film will play out.

But it is not a bad film. Not at all. It's good, but not great. What IS great is the 3D. Me, I've never really warmed to 3D, but they use it here in a completely different sense. Monster's vs Alien's 3D is not about shouting "OMG I CAN TOUCH HIS BEARD!!", but more about perspective. And hair. I'm sorry but it's worth seeing just for Ginormica's (Susan's) hair alone.

So basically, it's fun - but not as fun as it should have been. And take it from me: even if you're cynical about 3D; see it in 3D. It's worth the ticket price alone.


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