In some rather inspired casting, Stephen Colbert is an absolute hoot as President Hathaway, while the aforementioned Rogen takes a fantastic turn into family-friendly humor. Really, it doesn’t get much funnier when he’s the blob unsuccessfully flirting with a jello salad he’s “pretty sure has given him a fake phone number.” It may not pack the emotional punch of something like Wall-E or Ratatouille but Monsters Vs. Aliens manages to tickle the funny bone, which makes for a pretty great day at the movies.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Dr. Cockroach uses alcohol to create an explosive cocktail.
  • Language/Profanity:  A couple of instances where the Lord’s name is taken in vain, plus a couple of instances of potty humor.
  • Sex/Nudity:  When Susan becomes Ginormica, her wedding dress shrinks down to the size of a mini skirt, revealing her garter. There’s also a little suggestive humor, especially when B.O.B. thinks he’s in love with Susan/Ginormica’s fiancé Derek.
  • Violence:  This is where the bulk of the PG-rating comes from. The scariest scene is when a robot starts tearing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge apart, while loads of pedestrians and occupied cars are on it. Thankfully, Ginormica and her friends come to the rescue before casualties result. Other scenes involve explosive missiles, gunfire, laser zapping and the call for mass killings once Gallaxhar has Ginormica in his clutches.

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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