This is the third movie in the Hotel Transylvania series, which is about a vampire who runs a hotel with his daughter. In this latest instalment, Count Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler) is starting to feel lonely because he’s on his own without love in his life. To cheer him up, his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) books the whole family on a luxury cruise for monsters, thinking that all he needs is some quality time with his family and friends.
On the ship, Dracula sees Captain Erika (Kathryn Hahn) and falls in love with her at first sight. Little does Dracula suspect that Erika is actually the great-granddaughter of his old archenemy, Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan). Erika and Van Helsing have ulterior motives and evil plans for the monster cruise. While Erika plots against the monsters, Mavis senses that something isn’t right and must move quickly to save them all from harm.
Here we outline any topics, issues and ideas in this movie that might upset children and adolescents, so that you can gauge whether it is appropriate for your child. For example, children and adolescents may react adversely to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, separation from a parent, animal cruelty or distress, children as victims, natural disasters and racism.
The supernatural; monsters and vampires; family, love and companionship, discrimination and prejudice
Here we identify any violence in this movie, and explain how and why it might impact on your child or adolescent. In general, movie violence can make children less sensitive to the use of violence in real life. Alternatively, they may become fearful about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world. In some contexts, it can also teach them to see violence as an acceptable means of conflict resolution.
Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation has a lot of violence. For example:
- Van Helsing pursues Dracula with guns, trying to shoot him and kill him.
- Erika tries to kill Dracula using various weapons and strategies.
- Many scenes include slapstick violence for comedic effect. For example, characters fly through the air, crash into trees, fall off things, are caught in explosions and so on.
Content that may disturb children
In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years. For example:
- All the ‘monster’ characters in this movie are quirky, funny and surreal creatures. Characters include a giant pug dog that slobbers on everything, Frankenstein and his bride, a mummy, some witches and so on. Most of these monsters aren’t very scary, but some younger children might find them disturbing and unusual.
- Erika swims through an underwater tomb to find some treasure, but the tomb is full of booby traps like flying axes and snakes.
- When Erika takes the treasure, the tomb begins to collapse inwards, and they struggle to escape in time.
- The monsters travel on Gremlin Air in an aeroplane that is falling to pieces, flies dangerously, and ends up crash-landing in the ocean.
- A giant octopus with glowing red, demonic eyes attacks the monsters on the cruise. In response to music the octopus transforms from an evil creature into a relaxed, benevolent octopus. But when it’s evil, it violently destroys everything around it.
- Van Helsing is a gruesome creature who is half human and half steampunk machine.
Children in this age group might also feel disturbed by the scenes mentioned above.
Younger children in this age group might also feel disturbed by some of the scenes mentioned above.
Nothing of concern
Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation has some romantic and sexual references. For example:
- Dracula uses an app on his smart phone to find a date. He is seen swiping through female monsters.
- Dracula falls in love at first sight and becomes completely speechless and silly with love.
- There is a romantic plot line with Dracula and Erika acting flirtatiously, going on a date and becoming romantically attached.
- There is some sexual innuendo that young children generally won’t understand. For example, Dracula gets confused and says to Erika, ‘Would you like to see my parts?’
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
Although Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation has no substance use of concern, there is a scene in which the monsters visit a casino. While there, they gamble and use poker machines.
Nudity and sexual activity
Nothing of concern.
The following products are displayed or used in Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation: Sony mobile phones.
Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation has some mild toilet humour. For example, characters break wind after eating garlic.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation is alight and entertaining movie, which older children will love. There’s plenty of humour and many creative quirky creatures to keep most of the family entertained and laughing.
Children aged under 8 years are likely to find some scenes and characters too scary, and we also recommend parental guidance for children aged 8-10 years.
The main message from this movie is that you shouldn’t discriminate against people who are different.
Values and ideas in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include the following:
- Diversity is important and valuable.
- Love can overcome cultural boundaries.
- Family comes first.
This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about real-life issues like gambling addiction and prejudice.