Rated: G

Distributed By:

Walt Disney

Directed by:

Dan Scanlon


Voices of Billy Crystal as Mike Wazowski; John Goodman as James P. 'Sulley' Sullivan; Helen Mirren as Dean Hardscrabble

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Monsters University

If you saw Monsters, Inc., you know all about scarers: hard-working monsters who collect children’s screams to power Monstropolis. But any monster who wants to become a professional scarer has to earn a college degree first.

And that’s where this movie picks up, with Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan in college. Mike is smart. He studies hard. Just one problem—he’s not scary. Not even a little bit. Meanwhile, Sulley comes from a family of star scarers. He has the natural ability to be terrifying . . . and to be lazy. After both teen monsters get kicked out of the scarer program, they have one last chance to seize their dreams. They have to lead a team of misfit monsters to victory in the college Scare Games.

Mike is a great model of self-discipline. He teaches his fraternity brothers at Oozma Kappa to live up to their potential. But it’s at the fraternity that Monsters University’s G rating gets tricky. The filmmakers reference many aspects of the “crazy college” experience. The guys attend parties—drinking out of plain red cups—pull silly pranks and endure hazing and bullies. Most young viewers won’t get the unspoken jokes, but parents might be uncomfortable.

Many scenes involve slapstick, cartoon violence where no one gets seriously hurt (at most, we see bruises). There are some scary moments as the scarers demonstrate their abilities. Mike and Sully both break the rules several times, and aren’t always punished for it. Mike kisses Sulley’s hand while dreaming of a princess.

Monsters University is a fun movie about friendship and growing up. When Mike comes face to face with the fact that nobody finds him scary, he gets discouraged. That’s when Sulley helps him realize he has special gifts for a reason, and that Mike has incredible potential . . . he just needs to tweak his dream a little bit. Overall, you’re more likely to laugh than scream, and that’s how a prequel to the heartwarming Monsters, Inc. should be.

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