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Directed By
Chris Butler, Sam Fell

Written By:
Chris Butler

Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Elaine Stritch, Bernard Hill, Jodelle Ferland, Tempestt Bledsoe, Alex Borstein, John Goodman, Jack Blessing, Michael Corbett, David Cowgill, Emily Hahn, Bridget Hoffman, Alicia Lagano, Scott Menville, Ariel Winter, Jeremy Shada, Steve Alterman, Kirk Baily, Jacob Bertrand, Cam Clarke, Denise Faye, Eddie Frierson, Rif Hutton, Edie Mirman, Juan Pacheco, David Zyler

ParaNorman (2012)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
April 6th, 2013

Monsters, Maggots, Mayhem & Much Too Much Nonsense

What a monstrous mess!

Neither cute, nor clever, nor funny, nor enlightening, ParaNorman was a ridiculously morbid, over-the-top kiddie's movie with a "message" that, delivered the way that it was, rendered it meaningless.

And, after all was said and done, what ParaNorman's message boiled down to was that "everyone's" a bully.

That's right. You, me, him, her, everyone - A bully.

Yep. Even the ones who are being bullied end up turning around and start bullying someone themselves. It's a mighty vicious circle, man.

This film, as expected, offered absolutely no solution to the prevention of bully-ism. Instead it wimped-out and we are told by 10 year-old Norman that being bullied is just something we all have to accept, and that's that! So, get used to it 'cause you're probably gonna end up being bullied for your entire lifetime.

The Norman character in this film set a perfect example of demonstrating for us all the unhappiness, loneliness and alienation that many, many people (of all ages) experience in their daily lives.

In order to cope with these feelings of deficiency Norman has learned to talk to the dead, which, for him, seems to be more easy and rewarding than talking to the living. The dead are Norman's only friends because he's so pathetically riddled with inadequacy (thanks to being constantly bullied and having dysfunctional parents) that he can't seem to make friends with the living.

What a horribly sad and screwed-up and tragic statement this whole movie turned out to be. As you can well-imagine, this was not an enjoyable picture, meant to entertain children, at all.

And to add insult to injury here - Not only were all of the characters in ParaNorman the ugliest bunch of creeps you've ever seen (both the monsters and the regular folks, alike), but, the viewer was also forced to have to endure the whining sissyness of Mitch, the film's dim-witted, stereotypical, muscle-bound, openly gay, teen male.

Sheesh! Spare me!

*Warning* -

Due to its extremely graphic depiction of the living-dead heading out from the grave on a literal frenzied rampage, ParaNorman will probably scare the hell right out of children under the age of 12.

It will also most likely disturb people of other ages with its two-faced bigotry, its mean-spiritedness and its blatant sexual innuendo which seems quite out of place in a child's film.

At a seemingly over-long, 93-minute running time, ParaNorman certainly pushed the limits of my patience to the max.

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