Watched Aug 19, 2012
Mr. DuLac’s review:
Don't make me throw this hummus: It's spicy!
A fantastic film that I can't help but think was made by horror movie fans that have kids. The film is filled with so many homages to classic horror movies that I'm certain I probably missed half of them because they are mostly very subtle.
The dialogue is truly funny from beginning to end. It's not just the funniest family film I've seen this year, but it's one of the funniest films overall I've seen. Some parents should be warned though that the film might push how far a PG film can go with the dialogue and themes in it. Our 9 year old was fine with the film, but I did hear some parents that had slight problems with it.
There's plenty of humor for adults to enjoy while most of it goes over the kids' heads. There's some of it that kids will think is a little dirty, but is actually very harmless. The trick is though because the kids think it's a bit dirty it ends up being hilarious to them. Like when Alvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) threatens to punch Neil (Tucker Albrizzi) in the boob and Neil insists he doesn't have boobs but pectorals. Needless to say the kids in the audience burst out laughing at that. Now remember most Disney movies are rated G and this is clearly PG.
Sadly some people who aren't exactly open minded seemed particularly offended with a line said by the character of Mitch (Casey Affleck) at the very end of the film. Our family thought the joke was funny. It's actually something you hear in every day life everywhere in the country, in malls, on tv... EVERYWHERE. I thought the mention of an Adult Video Store was much more questionable then the line Mitch said, but this is entering people's beliefs and whatnot so I'll leave it alone.
Personally I saw nothing wrong with anything that's actually mentioned in the film, but it is PG for a reason. There might have been a point or two that got a little intense, but all the kids in the theater including ours powered through it. When asked after she said "No way, I wasn't scared one bit!". I think that might be a little white lie.