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At Theaters: 10/16/2009 On Video: 3/2/2010
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 41 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 539905
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Storyline Heading
"Where the Wild Things Are" is a classic story about childhood and the places we go to figure out the world we live in.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Adventure - While based on the beloved children's book, the rather downbeat tone and some dark and intense moments may make this inappropriate for younger children, not to mention the sometime slow pace may make the youngest viewers impatient. The adult cast members have very little screen time as this is largely a show with the boy lead and the monsters.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Catherine Keener (Voice of Mom)
Max Records (Voice of Max)
Mark Ruffalo (Voice of Boyfriend)
Lauren Ambrose (Voice of KW)
James Gandolfini (Voice of Carol)
Catherine O'Hara (Voice of Judith)
Forest Whitaker (Voice of Ira)
Director: Spike Jonze BEING JOHN MALKOVICH
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Production Notes Heading
Inside All Of Us Is A Wild Thing
Capturing The Look, The Feel
Max Is The Heart Of The Movie
The Wild Things Find Their Voices
Music To Soothe The Savage Beast
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: A few miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: A bite; comic fights with dirt clods and rocks.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Fleeting alcohol.
ACTION: Chases and fighting.
COMEDY: Cute kid and creature humor.
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Critic's Review Heading

Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good The result is an involving experience for all but the most fidgety children and an opportunity for parents to enjoy (rather than endure) a motion picture with their offspring.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good ...the film will play better for older audiences remembering a much-loved book from childhood, and not as well with kids who have been trained on slam-bam action animation.

USA Today Full Review
Very Good Where the Wild Things Are is a fiercely innovative film with surprising texture and nuance. It captures the joy and exuberance of childhood without shying away from its very real pains and woes.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 97 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
34
Very High
91%
13-19Teens (M)
6
About 50/50
100%
13-19Teens (F)
13
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
12
Very High
92%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
9
High
89%
30+Adults (M)
7
About 50/50
43%
30+Adults (F)
16
Fairly High
69%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 97 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:These look like good reviews and they would be if they were from any other group, but children usually rate the movie they have just seen either "Excellent" or "Fantastic." It's a bit unusual to see reviews of "Good" and lower. Read the Movie Type information and you will discover that this is not your typical children's movie.
TEENS:The females loved this movie. The males reviews are half great and half average to below average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Almost all the males in this group enjoyed "Where the Wild Things Are," very much. The female reviews are just slightly lower.
ADULTS:The male reviews are very mixed. Close to half truly enjoyed it but the remaining half were disappointed. The female reviews are slightly better but also very mixed. Just over half enjoyed it but many rated it below average.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Max, a rambunctious and sensitive boy feels misunderstood at home and escapes to where the Wild Things are. Max lands on an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions.

The Wild Things desperately long for a leader to guide them, just as Max longs for a kingdom to rule. When Max is crowned king, he promises to create a place where everyone will be happy. Max soon finds, though, that ruling his kingdom is not so easy and his relationships there prove to be more complicated than he originally thought.

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