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Monsters University Movie Review

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Mike and Sullivan are back in Monsters University, ready to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in new toys and other merchandise for the Walt Disney Company. Luckily, cash motivations don't get in the way of a good time, because the movie, the latest in a string of Pixar sequels, is an entertaining movie the entire family will enjoy.

Monsters University actually takes place several years before Monsters, Inc. and shows how the two met and became reluctant friends while in college. After an accident gets them both kicked out of scaring school, they join a down-on-its-luck fraternity to enter a competition to return to class. All they have to do is prove that they are the scariest monsters around.

Easy peasy.

Monsters University breaks no new ground, but it is a considerable step up from Pixar's last two films, Cars 2 and Brave. While it lacks the emotional power seen in the studio's best movies, Monsters University has plenty of laughs, loads of entertainment value and just as much silliness. The movie is fun from beginning to end,

While it's great to see Mike and Sully (Billy Crystal and John Goodman) back on the screen again, it's the slew of new characters that makes Monsters University worthwhile. The crew's frat brothers are hilarious, and as expected, there are dozens of other imaginative monsters that make appearances throughout the movie.

Monsters University has a simple, almost cliché plot, but it's fun nonetheless. I could dwell on my desire for Pixar to return to making quality original content, but I wasn't thinking about that while I watched the film, so why bring it up now? Monsters University is a goofy, good time, and that's more than enough.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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