Scott Voss (James) is a high school biology teacher who at one point won a Teacher of the Year award, but ten years later has become frustrated with a school system that cares less about the kids it is supposed to be educating than it does pushing them through like cattle. Despite his now-lazy attitude when it comes to teaching, he cannot sit still when he learns that a budget deficit will force his school to eliminate the Music program and fire his fellow teacher and friend Marty Streb (Henry Winkler). Determined to help the school make up the necessary $48,000 to keep their programs, Scott trains to become an MMA fighter. In his early 40's and not in the best shape, he doesn't have the best shot in the world of making it work; still, he doesn't have any real alternatives, and the grueling process might just force him to see the world in a different way than he ever expected.
|Seriously, the best he's ever looked.|
|That's gotta hurt.|
|The Fonz got OLD.|
Hotel Transylvania, the film from Sony Pictures Animation featuring the voice of Adam Sandler. In the world of 3D animation, it used to be that the genre was under a constant land war between Pixar and Dreamworks. Now other studios are finally catching up. Besides Disney (who seems to have finally adapted to the new milennium), studios such as Blue Sky (Rio), Aardman Animations (Arthur Christmas, Pirates!), Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me), LAIKA (Coraline, ParaNorman) and Industrial Light and Magic (Rango) have all made forays into the 3D market, with much success. Sony's animated hit is the latest entry to that rapidly-growing competition, and I was honestly surprised how much heart Sandler and company brought to the big screen.
To help protect his daughter and the other "creatures of the night", Dracula (Sandler) has designed and constructed a hotel in the Transylvania wilds to be used as a safe haven for monsters around the world. When his "teenage" daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) turns 118, she wants to explore the outside world, but Dracula, worrying for her safety, wants her to stay with him at the hotel. When a human named Johnny (Andy Samberg) accidentally arrives at the hotel, Dracula doesn't know what to do. He has worked hard to keep humans away from the hotel and his guests, but Johnny threatens to undo all his efforts in one fell swoop. But could that be for the better?
|It wouldn't be an Adam Sandler movie if he didn't sing.|
|Vampires; the only "normal" monsters out there...|
|"I KNEW I should have turned left at Bulgaria!|