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Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

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A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth.

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Maya Forbes (screenplay), Wallace Wolodarsky (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Witherspoon ... Susan Murphy / Ginormica (voice)
Seth Rogen ... B.O.B. (voice)
Hugh Laurie ... Dr. Cockroach Ph.D. (voice)
Will Arnett ... The Missing Link (voice)
Kiefer Sutherland ... General W.R. Monger (voice)
Rainn Wilson ... Gallaxhar (voice)
Stephen Colbert ... President Hathaway (voice)
Paul Rudd ... Derek Dietl (voice)
Julie White ... Wendy Murphy (voice)
Jeffrey Tambor ... Carl Murphy (voice)
Amy Poehler ... Computer (voice)
Ed Helms ... News Reporter (voice)
Renée Zellweger ... Katie (voice)
John Krasinski ... Cuthbert (voice)
Sean Bishop Sean Bishop ... Private Bullhorn / Helicopter Pilot / Advisor Ortega (voice)
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Storyline

When a meteorite from outer space hits a young California woman named Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years. As a last resort, under the guidance of General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland), on a desperate order from President Hathaway (Stephen Colbert), the motley crew of Monsters is called into action to combat the aliens and save the world from imminent destruction. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Oooze gonna save us? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sci-fi action, some crude humor and mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jeff Garlin was considered for the role of B.O.B. See more »

Goofs

When the President plays the Close Encounters of the Third Kind motif on the synth, he's playing in the key of C, but the music heard is in the key of F. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Technician Ben: Hey, Jerry, you might wanna check this one out. Palomar just picked it up. Looks like some type of UFO, and it's heading this way.
Technician Jerry: How many times do I have to tell you this? UFOs don't exist. And we're never gonna see...
[sees computer, heads to monitors]
Technician Ben: Wow, it's energy signature is massive.
Technician Jerry: [panicking] Holy Cheez-its! What do we do? No one ever told us what to do! The only reason I took the job is 'cause you never have to do anything!
Technician Ben: Jerry, stop it! We calculate its impact point. ...
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Crazy Credits

A flying saucer floats over the "D" in the Dreamworks logo and abducts the boy sitting in it with a tractor beam. The saucer is from the movie "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers." See more »

Alternate Versions

The film has a localized version in Australia where the News Reporter is not voiced by Ed Helms but instead by David Koch, a co-presenter of the morning show Sunrise seen on Channel 7 Australia-wide. See more »

Connections

References Alien (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Purple People Eater
Written and Performed by Sheb Wooley
Courtesy of Channel Music Co., a division of Dotson-Wooley Entertainment Group Int'l
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Doesn't live up to the promise.
14 March 2009 | by pberkoSee all my reviews

When I first heard of Monsters vs. Aliens I literally went giddy. A 50's B-movie revival! Stephen Colbert as the President! Hugh Laurie as a cockroach! I mean, it's called Monsters vs. Aliens!!!

What I got was a mildly good movie. I mean, there were some nice gags in the Strangelove- lite War Room, and some great lines from BOB, but it really left me wanting more. As a whole, the film never got to the comical heights of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, or even Shrek 2. There are times in the movie where you know that they are going completely random to try and get some laughs, but fail pretty badly.

Besides comedy, the story itself is pretty predictable. From the moment you meet the monsters you know what the moral of the story, and you know pretty much how the whole film will play out.

But it is not a bad film. Not at all. It's good, but not great. What IS great is the 3D. Me, I've never really warmed to 3D, but they use it here in a completely different sense. Monster's vs Alien's 3D is not about shouting "OMG I CAN TOUCH HIS BEARD!!", but more about perspective. And hair. I'm sorry but it's worth seeing just for Ginormica's (Susan's) hair alone.

So basically, it's fun - but not as fun as it should have been. And take it from me: even if you're cynical about 3D; see it in 3D. It's worth the ticket price alone.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monsters vs. Aliens: A Monstrous IMAX 3D Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,321,095, 29 March 2009

Gross USA:

$198,351,526

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$381,509,870
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Company Credits

Production Co:

DreamWorks Animation See more »
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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