Hotel Transylvania

Dracula (Adam Sandler) has just completed his swanky resort for monsters. It provides a safe place for all your favorite monster movie stars, Frankenstein (Kevin James), Quasimodo (Jon Lovitz), and the like, to vacation without having to worry about humans trying to rid the world of them.

His daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez) lives a sheltered life. After losing his wife to humans, Dracula wants to keep her protected. He promised Mavis that on her 118th birthday, she can travel into the world to see what it’s like. He keeps his promise, letting her travel to a nearby town, to get a small taste of the outside world. Only, it’s a town he constructed to scare Mavis into never leaving the resort.

When Dracula discovers that Jonathan (Andy Samberg), a human, has found he way to the resort, he must find a way to keep Jonathan hidden from his guests. If they knew that a human had infiltrated their safe haven, no one would ever return. And, his daughter would be in danger. But what happens when everyone meets Jonathan, whom Dracula introduced as a monster relative, and falls in love with him, including Mavis?

This is an innocuous Halloween tale. And, as expected, all of Adam Sandler’s friends make an appearance. If you’ve seen any of his movies, you know the usual suspects. Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, etc. And there’s a couple of SNL alum; Chris Parnell and Molly Shannon. Given this crew, one knows the level of humor to expect.

The story is somewhat recycled from countless movies. An overprotective father is afraid to let his child go out into the dangerous world. But when that world comes to him, he realizes how wrong his own perception of that world is.

Going in to the movie, I didn’t know it was a Happy Gilmore production. Once I heard Dracula start talking, I knew what I was in for. And that’s exactly what I got. It’s got some laughs, but not a lot of heart. It’s easy to see where the story is going. Perhaps, too easy. I walked away from the movie feeling a bit unfulfilled. The kids enjoyed it, but it really did nothing for me. If you’re looking for a decent Halloween movie to take the kids to, I’d suggest, really, the only other option you have in the theaters now, Frankenweenie.

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