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Review: 'Hotel Transylvania' needs to make room for some laughs

Posted 3:00pm on Thursday, Oct. 04, 2012

PG (rude humor, action and scary images); 90 min.

Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, where you can check out any time you like, but you will never laugh.

It's a good-looking, laugh-starved, animated farce that puts Dracula (Adam Sandler) in charge of a hotel for monsters -- "Human-free since 1895" -- and makes him an overprotective single father with a teenage daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez).

But darned if nerdy human hiker Jonathan (Andy Samberg) doesn't stumble in and make Mavis go "zing," as in "zing zing zing went my heartstrings." So Daddy has a problem -- how to frighten the boy into skee-daddling.

Sandler's Dracula voice isn't awful. Nor is it distinct or funny, and he is given precious little funny stuff to say.

-- Roger Moore, McClatchy Tribune News Service

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