Is Will Ferrell’s ‘Megamind’ worth my megabucks?

I love Tina Fey and Will Ferrel but is their new movie "Megamind" worth my money? (DreamWorks Animation)

I love Tina Fey and Will Ferrel but is their new movie "Megamind" worth my money? (DreamWorks Animation)

Will Ferrell’s new animated super-villain comedy “Megamind” debuted at No. 1 this weekend and made $47.7 million but is it really worth my hard-earned money to take my kids to see it?

The AJC’s review gave it a C-. So that doesn’t seem promising, but it did make a bunch this weekend. Walsh has asked to see it but I told him we would wait until we heard more kid and parent reviews. So what did you think?

Is it good for all ages? Should I bother taking the 3-year-old or leave her at home with Daddy? (It is actually rated PG.)  Is it worth seeing in the theater or would you hold out for Netflix? (I finally saw “Toy Story 3” this weekend.)

Is this the one we want to spend money on or are “Tangled”, “Yogi Bear”,  or “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” better bets? I’ll be seeing the new Harry Potter but without the kids. (You have to read the books before you get to see the movie.)

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JATL

November 8th, 2010
12:22 pm

I’ll be interested to read the comments! My 4 year old really wants to see it, so we’ll probably go, but it doesn’t really appeal to me. Most of these films do, and I love the cast, but something about this one -eh -not so much.

Also -”Yogi Bear” will probably be a hit with the 4 year old, but what do all of you think about “Voyage of the Dawn Treader”? I think he’s a bit young for The Chronicles of Narnia -and I would really like for him to read the books first (and he’s way too young for reading them). We took him to see the Owl movie that was out last month, and it scared him. He really wanted to see it, and I showed him a clip online, but once we were in the theater he didn’t like it. The previews for “Dawn Treader” got him very excited though! I guess I can Netflix the first ones and see what he thinks of those.

DB

November 8th, 2010
12:27 pm

JATL: Read him the Chronicles of Narnia as a bedtime story — “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”, et. al. — I bet he will love them. We patiently read a chapter a night of “Lord of the Rings” to our then-4-year-old son, and it remains one of his favorite stories. Some of it may be over his head, but heck, a lot of Narnia is over a lot of people’s head, so he’ll have good company :-) But at its simplest level, it’s a wonderfully imaginative story.

DB

November 8th, 2010
12:28 pm

As far as Megamind goes — sorry, I don’t spend a dime on a Will Ferrell movie. I just don’t find his style of humor to be terribly funny.

JJ

November 8th, 2010
12:42 pm

Not too many movies are worth my hard earned money. And now that my child is in college, there is no need to go to a movie anymore and pay out the butt for tickets, popcorn & a drink.

Last time I went to a movie, I took my daughter and nieces to see Shrek 4. It cost me a total of $70 for four tickets, two popcorns and 4 cokes. NO THANK YOU!!!!!!

smh

November 8th, 2010
12:43 pm

I’m in agreement with DB. Anything with Will Ferrell is an automatic “no” for me. TWG – personally I’d leave the 3 year-old at home especially with a PG rating but that’s me. There is very little going on in today’s movie theater market that would get me to pay the prices. I wait for Netflix.

FCM

November 8th, 2010
1:03 pm

1.25 theater…It has become my new best place to go.

Although I will see HP at a regular priced theater….without my kids.

JATL

November 8th, 2010
1:59 pm

@DB -thanks! Maybe I will do the bedtime story thing with CofN. He and I have been discussing reading a “chapter book” soon at bedtime, and I think he would love it! How long did it take you to get through Lord of the Rings?!?! That’s fantastic! If CofN works at bedtime, maybe we’ll try that next -although it may be best to wait a few years until the 2 year old is ready as well. I don’t want to do that one twice!

Kate

November 8th, 2010
2:21 pm

Never go by what the critics say about children’s movies! Critics usually just don’t “get” them. What is entertaining to a kid is just not the same as what’s entertaining to an adult. As far as taking your 3 year old, I guess it depends on the child, but I would never say no just because of a film being rated PG. We have become such wimps with these movie ratings! In my family R rated films are off limits, but I have let my older son watch some PG-13 movies. Honestly, most PG-13 films I’ve seen lately most certainly would have been rated PG when I was a kid. I don’t even worry about PG movies, since virtually nothing is rated G anymore.

While we are on the subject, why is it so expensive to go to the movies? It is just insane! I’ve read numerous articles about the movie “industry” loosing so much money every year and being at loss as to explain why. Duh! It costs a fortune for a family to go see a movie at the theater, but only a couple of bucks to rent it.

Movies cost so much to attend at a theater...

November 8th, 2010
2:35 pm

…because of DISTRIBUTION costs – making a movie is time consuming, but animated movies are really quite inexpensive to make re: production costs when compared to big budget movies that have big stars commanding upwards of $20Mil just to “star” in the movie. Hence, when the movie film is completed then the real costs begin, with those being getting the film from the cutting room floor to the theaters.

Think about all of the advertising required to get peoples’ attention to want to see the movie; then add in the several hundred thousand theaters all over the world that must get the film by the opening weekend, and these costs are enormous.

In reality, I have heard that theaters themselves do not make much money, if any, off the actual ticket price; that money goes to the film distributors with the individual theaters making all of their profit on tha part JJ hates, the popcorn, drinks and candy – it has been said the theaters would let everyone in free if they could because they make so much money on the food/drinks, but that they have to pay for the film being sent to them, and that is why they have to charge high ticket prices for first run movies.

Now the $1-$2 movies are movies that have been out for a while, so they are less expensive to receive after the first run, so that is why those theaters make money – not by the ticket price, but again by the popcorn/drink/candy prices charged…

TechMom

November 8th, 2010
3:00 pm

We rarely go to the theater. It’s just too expensive. Once you get over “having” to see a movie as soon as it comes out, then it’s not a big deal b/c there’s usually something good at RedBox since it takes an equal amount of time for the good stuff to hit the rental list. We will also do a PPV b/c even at 4 times the cost of a RedBox rental, it’s still less than half the cost of ONE movie theater ticket AND we can eat/drink at home for a fraction of the cost.

motherjanegoose

November 8th, 2010
3:07 pm

I might go to 2 or 3 movies per year….not something I am into. You can get movie tickets at Costco for $7.50 each or if you buy the Entertainment Book, those give a discount for tickets. You may have to wait at least 2 weeks, after the initial run. Just an FYI….

Becky

November 8th, 2010
3:49 pm

@MJG..You go to the movies about 2-3 times per year more than we do..I’m not into paying that much money to see any movie..If I want to see any “new” movies, I go to my sisters house and borrow the DVD..

Thank goodness the kids aren’t concerned with seeing the latest and greatest movies, they are both very happy to see a lot of the older movies..

Also @MJG..Yes, I would be up to lunch again when you are back out this way..I will be out of the office the entire week of Thanksgiving, so just let me know what works for you..

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penguinmom

November 8th, 2010
6:40 pm

@JATL – if you are going to read Narnia for bedtime, be sure to start with Lion, Witch,Wardrobe. This is the Original first story. The new order only happened After CSLewis was dead and was based on a single line in one reply he sent to one child. Starting with Magician’s Nephew (the New order) gives you a skewed view of the Narnia world. It actually assumes you have read LWW based on statements it makes in the first chapter.

On topic, we see most movies at the local ‘dollar’ theater (actually $2/ticket). There are two fairly nice ones in Gwinnett. While, they don’t have stadium seating, they are rarely crowded and I can take all 3 kids plus me for just $8. I don’t really need the 3-D experience (since I wear glasses it doesn’t work as well for me) and they don’t care one way or the other. I only spend the full amount on really special occasions (birthdays, vacations) or really good movies (Up!).

If the movie looks especially lame, I’ll just wait until the following summer when the movie might show up at one of the free summer movies or on TV. Or we’ll just miss it altogether. It won’t kill them to miss a poorly made movie.

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DB

November 8th, 2010
7:13 pm

@JATL: “Lord of the Rings” took a while . . . there are 22 chapters in Fellowship of the RIngs, 19 in Return of the King, and 21 in Two Towers — so it took us more than two months – some chapters took a couple of days, if he or Mommy or Daddy were too tired! It was so funny listening to a four year old who had memorized “Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, Ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.” (One ring to rule them all . . . etc.)

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JATL

November 8th, 2010
8:32 pm

@penguinmom -thanks! I’m so old I had no idea there was a “new order”! I thought it started with “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” How odd that they gave it a new order! I really like the idea of that series being our first chapter book series. Maybe Santa will bring the set! I never had a complete set as a kid -some purchased paperbacks and some from the library. Since it’s one of my favorites and hopefully going to be a favorite series for my children -I think I’ll “treat us” (myself) to a nice edition!

JATL

November 8th, 2010
8:34 pm

@DB -that’s amazingly persistent of you and your son! It sounds quite worth it though. I’m thinking maybe we’ll tackle those when the youngest is 4 and the oldest is 6.

DB

November 8th, 2010
10:29 pm

@JATL: Truthfully, it was mostly my husband. LOTR is a favorite of his, and he was happy to share it with a willing audience :-) I had to take over several nights that my DH was out or busy, and I was often told I didn’t “read it right” because I didn’t know the “right way” to say some of those place and people names!

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November 9th, 2010
11:29 am

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LWA

November 9th, 2010
12:15 pm

I didn’t know people really read the movie reviews and make a decision based on what someone else thinks. I mean, the reviewer is a stranger.

Take the kids to see the movie. This one is about them and not you.

Andrea

November 9th, 2010
3:15 pm

We saw it and enjoyed it. It has some adult references but they will go right over the kids heads and have you laughing (similar to Shrek). My daughter enjoyed it and that was the purpose of the trip to the movies.

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