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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Monsters University 2013 * * * Stars

Director: Dan Scanlon
Year: 2013
Rated: G
Rating: * * * Stars     Cole's Rating: * * * Stars
Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

If you made an animated version of the recent release The Internship and sprinkled it with an edited for content addition of 1984's Revenge of the Nerds, Monsters University is what you'd get. It's a fun, briskly paced cartoon adventure that brings more kid humor to the table than adult humor. That's okay because the adults that take their kids to see it will still laugh and have a good time regardless (after all it is rated G). I have to admit, this is a sufficient prequel that actually surpasses the original (Monsters Inc.).You get to know all the characters (Mike Wazowski, James Sullivan, Randall Boggs) and get insight into how they came together or met at where else, college. It's clever and though I've never been a huge fan of animated films, Monsters University surprised me. This flick gets things right pretty much the whole time until the ending which is sort of a cop out. I won't reveal what happens but if I was behind the camera, I'd change it up a bit. Anyway, I will say this, if you want to take in an animated film that tells a straight story and moderately entertains, Monsters University will satisfy. It's "scary" good!

Written by Jesse Burleson

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