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Re: Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

I read your review of Monsters vs. Aliens and would like to know if this movie is appropriate for a 9 and 11 year old. My sons want to see this movie but my wife and I saw a preview where they used the word “boobies” in a way that seemed to objectify women. That and one other comment we can’t remember concerned us. Would you say there is some moral lessons in the movie that makes it worth seeing (that may counter the two comments that were semi-offensive)?

I’m not sure how to answer this question. If you read my review, you know what I think of the film’s treatment of men and women. My concerns about the film center on the relationship of the theme of female empowerment to that of male ego, weakness and selfishness, as well as the visual emphasis on Ginormica’s Barbie-doll figure.

If you feel that a couple of rude comments are more of an issue than that, I’m not sure I can say anything more that would be helpful to you. For what it’s worth, I don’t think that the film is buoyed by any very notable moral positives.

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