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July 6, 2013

Weekend reviews: 'Monsters University' holds relevance

I remember quite clearly seeing “Monsters, Inc.” for the first time, when it was first released in theaters. I believe I was in first grade, and my mother brought me and my sister to the theater at Southside, where we met up with my mother’s best friend and her children.

With a premise focusing on the idea of an alternate world where monsters crept into children’s bedrooms at night to scare them and, in turn, provide a source of energy to their cities, the film proved to be a hit and has continued to be popular.

“Monsters, Inc.” is often played on television and quoted in pop culture even 10 years later, but I am sure no one believed that a sequel or spin-off would happen, or even be necessary to further enhance the audience’s understanding of the plot.

It was perhaps well over a year ago when I first caught wind of a second “Monsters, Inc.” It seems as if nowadays movie companies just sort of rehash or repackage older movies in order to make money, and I wasn’t sure how another film would turn out.

On a recent family vacation, my siblings suggested going to the movies on a rainy day to see the new film, “Monsters University.” I wasn’t too thrilled with their choice, but figured that since it was a family trip I would just suck it up and take the free trip to the movies.

Besides, Pixar movies, despite their slight cheesiness, usually have some pretty comical situations, so I figured I wouldn’t mind it too much. However, based on it being marketed as a family movie, I knew the film’s depiction of the college experience wouldn’t necessarily be completely accurate, and would probably entertain my younger brother more than myself and older sister.

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