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  • Writer's pictureT.J. Hendrix

"Slumberland" is Great. Ignore the Critics.

OK, so this kind of looks like an ad, but it's not! I made it, and no one paid me to do it.

SO If you're looking for a good movie to watch with your kids, WATCH THIS. My husband and I watched it last night -- and I have no idea why movie critics are panning it. (They have hearts of stone?)

#slumberland is, as they used to say, a lively romp. It also has a wonderful plot twist I did not see coming. Since I write for a living, I end up predicting plot twists and dialog in just about everything on the small screen. And most things on the big screen as well.

At home, I usually make these predictions out loud. Fortunately this does not annoy my husband. When a movie DOES manage to throw out a plot twist or possibility that I did not anticipate, I give the writers major respect.

"Slumberland" also turned out to be a very touching story - it had me all choked up at the end. So I give it an A. You can watch it with kids of any age - as long as they're old enough to sit and pay attention to a 2-hour movie.

You can also watch it as a parent, even if your kids are long grown and having their own kids now.

Also, #jasonmomoa is funny as well as fun to watch, #marlowbarkley is a natural as the 11-year-old heroine, Nemo, and the always fantastic #chrisodowd is his usual fantastic. The scene stealer is, of course, Pig.

FunFact: Michael Handelman and David Guion wrote the screenplay, but it's based on a classic Sunday comic strip that ran from 1905 to 1927. "Little Nemo in Slumberland" was created by cartoonist Winsor McCay. It followed the dreamtime adventures of a little boy, Nemo; the final panel in each strip would end with him waking up.

Personally, I'm glad Nemo of Netflix is a girl.


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