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What's Your Monster Name?

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Or, is Monsters vs. Aliens the most anti-heteronormative movie I've seen in a long time?

It's pretty hot here, so I took the boys to see Monsters vs. Aliens this afternoon.  I wasn't really paying attention, since animation tends to put me to sleep, though I was really enjoying Reese Witherspoon as Susan/Ginormica (a kind of version of Elle from Legally Blonde turned into the 50-foot woman), and all the other awesomely voiced monsters (Hugh Laurie, Seth Rogen, etc.). Eventually, in the course of the action, Susan gets shrunk back down to her normal height. But THEN, she chooses to go back to her monstrous height to save her monster buddies, and THEN to permanently throw in her lot with them, rather than returning to her hypocritical, shallow, weatherman boyfriend, basically because it's more fun rescuing people from bad guys than getting married--and I thought, this is most feminist, anti-heteronormative ending I've seen in a movie--animated or not--for along time!  (Okay--the last movie I saw was Twilight on DVD, so I don't have much ground for comparison--but compared to that movie--OMFG).

So, yes, she chooses to 1) stay a monster and 2) throw over the marriage plot.

Now that's a movie I don't mind my kids seeing!
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