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Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

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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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Derek Dietl (voice)
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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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When aliens attack, monsters fight back. 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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27 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$59,321,095 (USA) (27 March 2009)

Gross:

$198,332,128 (USA) (21 August 2009)
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Trivia

The first full length trailer for the movie appeared during the 2009 Superbowl in 3D. Prior to the game various displays were set up throughout the US giving away free 3D glasses. See more »

Goofs

When Ginormica goes to the TV station to see Derek the call letters on the building begin with a W. All broadcast stations east of the MS river start with a W. West of the MS river they all begin with K. See more »

Quotes

General W.R. Monger: Say hello to Insectosaurus.
[a woman screams]
General W.R. Monger: Miss Ronson, please. Nuclear waste turned him from a harmless grub into a 350 foot tall monster that attacked Tokyo. Here we have the Missing Link.
[Ronson screams again]
General W.R. Monger: A frozen fish man frozen for 20000 years that scientists defrosted. He escaped and went back to his old watering hole. This handsome fellow is Dr. Cockroach, PhD. The most brilliant scientist in the world he invented a machine to give humans the cockroach's ability to survive. ...
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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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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #41.2 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Who's Crying Now
Written by Jonathan Cain and Steve Perry
Performed by Journey
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Nice team chemistry
31 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) is a woman who got upsized by a meteorite on her wedding day. B.O.B. (Seth Rogen) is a gelatinous, brainless creation after an experiment on a tomato went wrong. Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie) is a scientist who turned himself into a hybrid. The Missing Link (Will Arnett) is a creature found frozen and revived. And giant mutant larva Insectosaurus is a product of nuclear testing. The government has secretly collected these monster and now they need them to fight alien Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson).

DreamWorks has gathered all the iconic 50s sci-fi B-movie creations, and formed a pretty cohesive team. It's surprising that the limited backstory allowed the characters to gel so well right off the bat. It's probably due the fact that these characters seem so familiar to us. It also helps that the actors do some great voice work.

The story itself has one major problem. The movie is basically split in two parts. The pacing slows down dramatically in the middle after a high intensity fight at the start. However the comedy works well especially the brainless BOB. I think this team has good potential.


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