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Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

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Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king.

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Spike Jonze

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Spike Jonze (screenplay), Dave Eggers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Records ... Max
Pepita Emmerichs Pepita Emmerichs ... Claire
Max Pfeifer Max Pfeifer ... Claire's Friend
Madeleine Greaves Madeleine Greaves ... Claire's Friend
Joshua Jay ... Claire's Friend
Ryan Corr ... Claire's Friend
Catherine Keener ... Mom
Steve Mouzakis ... Teacher
Mark Ruffalo ... The Boyfriend
James Gandolfini ... Carol (voice)
Vincent Crowley ... Carol Suit Performer
Paul Dano ... Alexander (voice)
Sonny Gerasimowicz ... Alexander Suit Performer
Catherine O'Hara ... Judith (voice)
Nick Farnell ... Judith Suit Performer
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Storyline

A young boy named Max has an active imagination, and he will throw fits if others don't go along with what he wants. Max - following an incident with Claire (his sister) and her friends, and following a tantrum which he throws as a result of his Mother paying more attention to her boyfriend than to him - runs away from home. Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination. This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including one named Carol who is much like Max himself in temperament. Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Let the wild rumpus start! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Germany | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Where the Wild Things Are: The IMAX Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,695,407, 18 October 2009

Gross USA:

$77,233,467

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,086,793
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

All the original songs in the movie were written and performed by Karen O, the lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. She dated Director Spike Jonze at the time of production. They have since broken up. See more »

Goofs

When Max is falling head over heels down the sand dune, his crown comes flying off twice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Max: Hey, Claire. Wanna see something great?
Claire: [on the phone] Who else was there?
Max: It's an igloo! I made it.
Claire: Yeah, my brother.
Max: Hey, Claire!
Claire: I can't. We're supposed to go to my dad's that weekend.
Max: The snowplows left some snow across the street, and I dug a hole into it.
Claire: Go and play with your friends.
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Crazy Credits

The logos for Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, and Village Roadshow Pictures are covered with Max's scribblings. See more »

Connections

References The Waltons (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Rumpus
Written by Karen O, Nick Zinner, and Tristan Bechet
Produced by Karen O and Tom Biller (as tbiller)
Performed by Karen O and the Kids
Courtesy of DGC/Interscope Records
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These Things aren't Wild, they're just slightly troubled
7 November 2009 | by captelephantSee all my reviews

Where the Wild Things are is a well written, intelligent, and very cold drama about the often challenging interactions within a closed group of people, the complexities of leadership and the cost of selfishness.

It's not a movie about imagination or childhood at all, and it's only vaguely concerned with themes of growing up, family or maturity.

It's not wacky or funny. Not colorful or exciting. There's only about 10 minutes of what I'd call "fun" in the whole 2-hour package.

That doesn't make Where the Wild Things Are a bad movie. It just makes it completely defiant of the viewer's expectations, and thus a rather confusing film to watch.

The first time I saw this I wasn't sure how I was supposed to be taking things. Was that supposed to be funny? Is she being sarcastic, or serious? Is Max in real danger now, or not? That's not because the movie is actually confusing, but because it all seems vaguely wrong and inappropriate. I left scratching my head saying "I guess that was good?"

In the end I decided I didn't like it. I felt that this was either the wrong script for this movie or the wrong movie for this script. Either way, it didn't click for me and felt awkward to the end.

Nevertheless there is quality here, and I recommend you watch it yourself and reach your own conclusion.


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