Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (PG)
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This is the second sequel to Hotel Transylvania, following Hotel Transylvania 2. First of all I'm really not sure whether I should include "Summer Vacation" in the title of this movie or not. I want to, because the movie was originally announced with those words in the title, and all the websites include it, but the movie itself doesn't have those words either on the DVD case or onscreen. But whatever, it's not important.
The movie starts in the past, with Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) constantly chasing Dracula and trying to kill him, and constantly failing. We then flash forward to the present, when Dracula is lonely, and his friends convince him to try to find a woman with a dating app. Meanwhile, Mavis just thinks he's overworked, and the family doesn't get to spend enough quality time together. So she books a cruise for the family and all their friends, aboard a ship that's just for monsters. Though they have to take a plane to get to the cruise ship, and amusingly, it's an airline run by gremlins. As for the cruise ship Legacy, its entire crew is fish with legs (Chris Parnell), except for the captain, a human woman named Ericka (Kathryn Hahn). The first time Dracula sees her, he "zings," i.e., falls in love at first sight. However, there's a plot twist that I found entirely predictable, which inevitably keeps them apart for most of the movie.
Other than that, I don't want to say anything about the plot, but I found the whole movie entertaining enough. Oh, and the DVD has two short films as bonus features. One is Puppy! which shows how Dennis first got his giant puppy, Tinkles, who appears in the main movie. The other is Goodnight Mr. Foot, which also appears on the DVD of the first movie, so I have no idea why it's on this one.
Followed by Hotel Transylvania: Transformania