bySandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense MediaSep 25, 2015
Hotel Transylvania 2 is the sequel to the popular (if not particularly critically successful) monster comedy Hotel Transylvania and once again features the voices ofAdam Sandler, Andy Samberg, and Selena Gomez. Except for a few blink-and-you'll-miss-them "angry faces" from Dracula and a couple of other vampires (and the monsters' somewhat creepy appearance in general), the one genuinely scary part is when a group of demon bats fights the human-friendly monsters near the end of the movie. Language includes mild insults like "stupid" and "imbecile," and the romance is limited to a couple of kisses. Positive messages focus on family unity and diversity, and the characters are all trying hard to do well.
This movie is the follow-up to the 2012 monster comedy about Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez), a young vampire woman who falls in love with Jonathan (Andy Samberg), a human guy. In the sequel, Mavis and Jonathan get married and eventually have a cute little son, Dennis. Still living at the hotel, the new family doesn't know whether baby Dennis is a vampire or not because of his blended heritage; his fangs must grow by the time he's 5 if he's going to follow in Mom and Grandpa's bat-steps. So the story fast-forwards to the weeks leading up to Dennis' 5th birthday, when grandpa Drac (Adam Sandler) tries to help his beloved grandson produce his vampire fangs ... or else Dennis and his parents will move away.