I remember when the first Goosebumps book came out in the early nineties. My nephew was obsessed with them. So, I was interested to hear that they were making a movie out of Goosebumps all these years later.
In the movie, Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) moves to a small town in Delaware after his mom Gale (Amy Ryan) takes a vice principal job at the high school there. Not thrilled with the move and small-town life, things get more exciting for Zach when he meets his beautiful neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush). Unfortunately, Hannah’s dad Mr. Shivers (Jack Black) turns out to be a super creepy and mean man who inexplicably forbids Zach to communicate with Hannah.
Zach soon finds out that the mysterious dad is actually R.L. Stine, the famous author of the best-selling “Goosebumps” series. One night when Zach breaks into Hannah’s house, he and his side-kick Champ (Ryan Lee) accidentally unleash the monsters from the Goosebumps books. This takes the cast though a funny (and sometimes creepy) adventure to try and save the city from the monsters and get them back in the books.
Keep your eye out, because there is an interesting twist with the daughter Hannah. I won’t ruin it here, but my daughter did cry. If you pay attention, the twist is foreshadowed about halfway through the movie.
The supporting roles by Champ and also by the mom’s sister, Lorraine (Jillian Bell), are super funny. They both play kind of nerdy, out-there roles and have some funny lines and scenes.
There are some laugh-out-loud parts of this movie and a lot of adult humor. There were also some jabs at Stephen King, which I found hysterical.
We took our seven year old and there were a couple of parts with the monsters where she hid her face. The movie isn’t scary, but there are zombies and some scary faces on some of the monsters. If your kids are sensitive to that, it’s something to keep in mind and you might want to have them watch the trailer before you go.
Goosebumps is in theaters and is rated PG with a run time of 103 minutes.
3.5 out of 5 stars