Hotel Transylvania

(PG) ★☆☆☆☆

Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) operates a swanky resort for his fellow outcasts and monsters. His daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) is turning 118, or 16 in human years. Despite his best efforts, Dracula cannot keep his daughter from the wider world forever. When a backpacker (Andy Samberg) stumbles upon the castle, he and Mavis take a shine to each other. Unfortunately, nothing in this movie is funny or remotely engaging. It’s really not worth any kid’s time.

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