OK for kids 5+
Cute, kid-friendly monster movie; may scare sensitive kids.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monsters, Inc. is about closet monsters, but from their point of view -- scaring kids is their 9-to-5 job. Kids might be scared of the movie's concept initially, but they'll soon figure out that the monster Sulley is a softy who takes care of the little girl in the story who isn't the least bit afraid of him. However there's one scene where a monster the child does fear straps her to a chair and tries to steel her screams. Kids will find it funny that most monsters fear any contact with kids -- when one monster gets a child's sock on him the whole factory panics and biohazard workers quarantine and shave him. Young kids may need help understanding what the monsters in yellow suits are doing to him and why. Note: The 3-D version amps up the intensity.
- Families can talk about what Sulley learns about kids and how he changes the factory for the better in the end.
- They can also talk about how each kid was scared by a certain kind of monster. Why was Boo scared of Randall and not Sulley? Why was Sulley considered such a top-notch scarer then?
- What would make you laugh the hardest if it came out of your closet?
The good stuff
Educational value: More for entertainment than education, though kids might learn a bit about factory work and how adults deal with hazards, like potential contamination (in this case, by children).
Messages: Strong messages of friendship and that facing fears is a positive thing.
Role models: A monster learns to make kids laugh instead of scare them. Monsters try to do the right thing and protect a little girl.
What to watch for
Violence and scariness: Comic peril, cartoon violence. The monsters are terrified of children for most of the film, which takes out some scariness. In the scariest climactic scene, the scary villain monster straps a toddler to a chair to catch her screams in a machine and she appears very frightened. Her monster friend saves her.
Sexy stuff: Some flirting and discussion of dating.
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: This movie is part of the Disney-Pixar dynasty, with plenty of merchandise associated with the film. Toy Story toys are on the floor in one child's room.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue
Fan Reviews provided by
Loved it, along with the kids! by sheintal
It was very clever and funny. I was with 4 of my grandchildren, ages 3-8 and they all loved it. I also have grandchildren who I could not take to this movie because, although they are 5 years old, they would be terribly frightened.
As funny (and even sweet) as this movie is, it is still about monsters in the closets. So, you need to know the child (children) you are taking very well. The best part about this movie was that it was entertaining to the adults in the theater, as well as the children. I am glad that I took the children to see it. Some of the kids had seen it before, as this movie is a remake.
By the way, we did not see it in 3 D. Fortunately, one of the children with me (as well as myself) does not like 3D.
Monsters, Inc by goodwordtoday177
If you've never seen this movie, you must go! It's one of the top 5 Pixar flicks which includes Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Up, and Ratatouille. Funny, sweet, and entirely wonderful!
Monsters, Inc still is good to see by jlpaynew
It still has the laughs and the ahhh! moments when watched again. Wish the 3D version was still available since I missed it. However, it might be too scary for little ones to watch the 3D version.
GO SEE MONSTERS INC you wont regret it! by marisssamims105
I saw tis movie when it First came out when I was little and its something dear to my heart. Monsters Inc isnt SCARY its a real good movie I recommand it too any kid.
Well... by becky7
I would have to say that the Movie was okay. Their were alot of parts that I would not say are funny but, if you have a child that is younger and really just dosent care and like monsters... This movie is so great for them!
Monsters Inc. Review by coolgirll
I own this movie and a couple of my friends saw this and told me it was really good! I am totally convinced to see this movie because I watch it all the time but never in 3D before! I cannot wait to see this with all my friends! I know I will LOVE IT and I know that my friends and family will LOVE IT too! I'm looking at the other comments and they are pretty good so I'm going to buy these tickets SOON! Thank you for all the other great comments because now I'm setting up a day for me and my friends to go see it!