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Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  27 March 2009 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
B.O.B. (voice)
Gallaxhar (voice)
Derek Dietl (voice)
Wendy Murphy (voice)
Carl Murphy (voice)
Computer (voice)
News Reporter (voice)
Katie (voice)
Cuthbert (voice)
Sean Bishop ...


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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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


$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


The President's code name is "Papa Bear" which is what Stephen Colbert calls Bill O'Reilly on The Colbert Report. See more »


When Gallaxhar's computer is showing the location of the earth, it shows the Milky Way, and zooms near the center; actually, the solar system is a lot farther from the center, nearing the edge. See more »


Gallaxhar: To the extraction chamber!
Susan Murphy: Look, what is it you want from me?
Gallaxhar: You have stolen what is rightfully mine.
Susan Murphy: I didn't steal anything from you.
Gallaxhar: Your enormous, grotesque body contains quantonium, the most powerful substance in the universe. Did you really think you could keep it from me?
Susan Murphy: This is what this is all about? You destroyed San Francisco, you terrorized millions of people? You killed my friend just to get to me?
Gallaxhar: Ya-ka-ka-ka-ka! Silence! Your voice is grating in my earnubs. Too bad you won't be...
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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 »


Featured in This Morning: Episode dated 9 April 2009 (2009) See more »


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DreamWorks can be proud.
22 March 2009 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

The President of the United States (Stephen Colbert): "Boys, set the terror level at code brown, 'cause I need to change my pants."

Monsters vs. Aliens is my first 3-D movie—not really, but it is the first time I have felt the process worked within a film as an integral part of the artistic process. It supports the science fiction, titillates at times, but most of all gives the illusion of reality. DreamWorks can be proud of this addition to the pantheon of excellent contemporary animations (dominated by Pixar) that use its Shrek as a touchstone for memorable characters wedded to mature themes and superior techniques.

Monsters vs. Aliens is also a family film in the truest sense: Elders to tots can enjoy the visual delights of 3-D outer space and observe a young bride-to-be Susan Murphy (voice of Reese Witherspoon) grow by a radiation accident into the heroic role of Ginormica, a woman literally too big for her britches. She must assert her independence from a self-centered fiancé and convince family, friends, and the world that an out-sized woman (read overachieving feminist) has a place in the male world, a superior place at that.

A strength of this sweet film is its use of ironic, sometimes sardonic, language to satirize just about everyone, from the president (see the opening quotation, not great humor but entertaining) to the makers of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, whose feel good '70's glow is ripe for 21st-century cynicism, to memories of such chestnuts as The Blob and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The hip,loving mood of the film is exemplified by the alien's proclamation at invasion time, "Humans of Earth, my quest has led me to your planet. Give it to me now! You should, in no way, take any of this personally. It's just business."

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