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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

97 minutes | rated PG

    Adam Sandler returns as Dracula in Hotel Transylvania 3.  The film opens in 1897, the year the book Dracula was released. Dracula and his pals are onboard a train trying to sneak away for a vacation when famed monster hunter Abraham Van Helsing, voiced by Jim Gaffigan, shows up and tries to kill them.  We then flash forward to several other times where Van Helsing tried to kill them.  At the end of the final one he falls into the ocean.  In the present day, Dracula and his daughter Mavis, voiced by Selena Gomez, are continuing to run their castle as a hotel. Dracula is feeling a little depressed as he has not had a date in 100 years since his wife died. Mavis and her husband Jonathan, voiced by Andy Samberg see a commercial and decide to take the whole gang on a cruise for monsters. Dracula firmly believes that, as he puts it, “You only zing once.”  Much to his surprise, upon meeting the ship’s captain Ericka, voiced by Kathryn Hahn, he zings again. Later, below decks in a hidden part of the ship we find Ericka and her great-grandfather Abraham Van Helsing discussing their plan to rid the world of filthy monsters.

     Other members of the voice cast are Mel Brooks as Dracula’s father Vlad, Kevin James and Fran Drescher as Frankenstein and Eunice, Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon as the werewolf couple Wayne and Wanda, David Spade and Chrissy Teigen as the invisible couple Griffin and Crystal, Keegan-Michael Key as the mummy Murray, and Joe Jonas as the Kraken.

      The film has several good messages about family and getting along with one another whether you are monster or human. There is nothing too scary for the little ones and enough humor to keep their parents amused. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is rated PG for some mildly rude humor. It should be suitable for most anyone. I rate it three out of five werewolf pups.