Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2Now that Dracula (Adam Sandler) has accepted Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Jonathan’s (Andy Samberg) relationship, they are getting married. When they announce they are pregnant, Dracula is excited at the thought of being a grandfather.

As Mavis and Jonathan’s son, Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) gets older, Dracula is concerned that he has not yet developed his vampire teeth. Kids only have until they turn 5 to become a monster. Otherwise, they are destined to be a human.

Mavis, who is content with however her son turns out, decides to move him to California, where he can grow up with “normal” kids. Jonathan, who is reluctant to leave the excitement of Hotel Transylvania, helps Dracula on his quest to bring out the monster in Dennis. Then there is the threat of Dracula’s father, Vlad (Mel Brooks). With his old school ways, he would never accept the mixing of monsters and humans. If he were to find out Mavis married a human, let alone had a human baby, it would only bring about disaster.

Hotel Transylvania 2 picks up almost immediately where the original ends. This time, however, Mavis is no longer craving excitement and adventure. Now she wants stability and normalcy. Of course, she is only doing what is best in her mind for her Dennis.

As with any Sandler movie, it is chock full of his friends. Happy Madison staples David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James are, of course, the primary characters. When you through in SNL alums Andy Samberg, Molly Shannon, and Dana Carvey, the ever-present Keegan-Michael Key (who may soon bring about a second version of 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon), and heavy-hitters like Mel Brooks, and you have an amazing cast. Even Selena Gomez is fine. (A bit of a surprise, for those of us who saw Getaway.)

Sure, a lot of the gags from the first film are reused here. But writers Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel find a way to make them feel fresh. There are plenty of laughs throughout the film. Kids will love the dancing, the stuff getting sucked into Blobby

While the kids will love the funny characters and sight-gags galore, there is also a good underlying message about accepting people for who they are. I’ll admit, I was a little hesitant about where they would take a sequel, but I was pleasantly surprised. With Halloween right around the corner, Hotel Transylvania 2 makes for a great family movie night.

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