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When a cartoonist finds himself in a wild alternate world, he has only his own creations to help himor hurt himin his fight to get back to reality.

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common sense

OFF for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
3 out of 5

Starts out bad and gets progressively worse.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some crass jokes and situations, excessive sexual innuendo, and some moderate profanity. Parents should be aware that there are copulating animals, sexually aroused humans, a nude female showering in silhouette, and enough cleavage and innuendo to put a James Bond movie to shame.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of this movie and crude comedy in general. Were there parts of the film you found more offensive than funny? Would you seek out other movies like this or stick to lighter comedy fare?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 7
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Primed to be dark, twisted, and playful -- all exhibited traits of the works of the director, animator Henry Selick -- it is instead juvenile, amateurish, and sloppy.

- Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: The movie doesn't seem to have a purpose other than to fill space.

- Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid, Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Fresh: outrageously funny demonstration of how our interior angst can be put into the service of art.

- Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Very weird movie...Yeah...

- Yinali, Wednesday, August 22, 2007

3 stars

Monkeybone gets a lot of undeserved flack. It's by no means a great film but there's so much to like about it. Selick's imagination runs wild in the fantasy segments. He makes great use of stop-motion animation and some wonderful make-up and costumes. Rose McGowan is a particular treat. It does seem like the budget may have forced more of it to be set in the real world than one would have liked, and there's definitely a sense that a LOT has been cut. It always seems as though the film is darker than it's allowed to be, making it the repressed character that Fraser himself portrays. The sister disappears, McGowan is underused and certain plot points go unexplained. There's a few brilliant twists and turns, but it's one of those films without a definite tone or audience, which can leave it flailing in the wind.

- kiriyamakazou, Monday, September 14, 2009