Release Date: October 16, 2015
Director: Rob Letterman
Writer: Darren Lemke (screenplay), Scott Alexander (story), Larry Karaszewski (story), R.L. Stine (books)
Stars: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush
MPAA Rating: PG 13 for scary and intense creature action and images, and for some rude humor
The story of a gifted writer who went into hiding in a small town and the new neighbor who is trying to get to know the writer’s daughter. I think this would have been so much better in 3D. I like that Jack Black was so high strung in this film with a touch of his comedic nuances.
I was able to watch this twice (it debuted at the San Diego Film Festival).
I find that this is perfect for children. I never read the book series (my oldest stepson did and apparently my husband), but I know it was well liked. This is definitely a kids movie (the modern Hardy Boys, in a sense).
I liked Slappy as the villain in this (Jack Black is the voice of Slappy). The witty ventriloquist dummy (who gets offended of being called “dummy”). You can tell he has a Napoleonic complex.
What kind of lessons can your child learn from this? I am not sure. It’s adorable to watch, however a bit predictable.