2015 **1/2 103 mins.
For a child of the '90s, who was a hardcore fan of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books, this film is a special treat. As a serious film critic, though, its problems far outweigh the nerdgasm the film provides. The direction is terrible, the cinematography is plagued with digital blurriness, and the acting is atrocious. Being able to see all the Goosebumps monsters you grew up with, though, in one big screen adventure is a lot of fun, and Jack Black practically disappears in his amazing portrayal of R.L. Stine. There are a lot of in-references that only Goosebumps fans will get, and ultimately, that's who the film was made for. It may also serve to bring a whole new generation of fans into R.L. Stine's ridiculously addictive world. I know my seven-and-a-half-year-old son loves this movie, and he insisted on buying some books the very next day. Bad Hare Day may end up being the first big boy chapter book he reads in his lifetime!
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Digital)
Rated PG for scary and intense creature action and images, and for some rude humor.
Based on the "Goosebumps" Books Written by
Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski