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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Susan Murphy / Ginormica (voice)
... B.O.B. (voice)
... Dr. Cockroach Ph.D. (voice)
... The Missing Link (voice)
... General W.R. Monger (voice)
... Gallaxhar (voice)
... President Hathaway (voice)
... Derek Dietl (voice)
... Wendy Murphy (voice)
... Carl Murphy (voice)
... Computer (voice)
... News Reporter (voice)
... Katie (voice)
... Cuthbert (voice)
Sean Bishop ... Private Bullhorn / Helicopter Pilot / Advisor Ortega (voice)
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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 »


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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,321,095, 29 March 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$198,351,526

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$381,509,870
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Trivia

DreamWorks Animation's eighteenth feature film, and last film of the 2000s. See more »

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When the Insectosaurus pupates, we suddenly see he's encased in a cocoon - however, since he's been rendered unconscious he wouldn't have been able to spin this from his silk. See more »

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Wendy Murphy: Au revoir, sweetie! Have a safe flight!
Carl Murphy: Yeah, and hang on!
B.O.B.: [as Butterflyosaurus flies our heroes into the sunset] Goodbye, Derek! Good luck getting over me.
Susan Murphy: B.O.B., it's me he's never going to get over.
B.O.B.: Wait, wait! You were dating Derek too? That two-timing jerk!
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Crazy Credits

A flying saucer floats over the "D" in the Dreamworks logo and abducts the boy sitting in it with a tractor beam. The saucer is from the movie "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers." See more »

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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Written by John Williams
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Doesn't live up to the promise.
14 March 2009 | by 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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