One of the better jokes in Hotel Transylvania comes when Dracula (Adam Sandler) happens to see a clip of one of the Twilight movies. As Edward sparkles in the sunlight, Drac is even more offended at this bastardized representation of his kind than he is by the people constantly imitating his Transylvanian accent by appending the nonsense words “Bluh, bluh bluh!” to the end of any sentence.
But vampires who live in glass coffins shouldn’t throw stones — because at its core, this movie is little more than Twilight told from the other side of the tracks, only with far more fart jokes.
As in Twilight, Hotel Transylvania is about a headstrong daughter on the verge of adulthood who, despite the sheltering influence of her hapless single father, meets and falls for a boy who isn’t of her kind. He hails from an unfamiliar and dangerous world, and if everyone around them only knew his true, hidden nature, they’d be terrified for her safety.
Only in this case, the father — Dracula — and his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), are the vampires, and the impressively coiffured young lad, Jonathan (Andy Samberg), is the human.
Continue reading the rest of my review over at NPR.
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