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MarketJune 18, 2012SoldJune 18, 2012 DirectorShawn Levy AgentDevra Lieb, Bayard Maybank (Gersh) ManagerZachary Cox, David Engel, Noah Rosen (Circle of Confusion) StudioParamount Pictures Production21 Laps
Imprisoned but safe from the monster-apocalypse that now plagues Earth, a good-humored and sarcastic young man braves a thirty-mile stretch of monster-ridden hell to meet a girl he is convinced is the last single girl on Earth.
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller, Adventure, Animated, Family, Romance, Supernatural, Apocalyptic, Character Study, Epic, Film, Futuristic, Man vs Nature, Monster, Natural Disaster, Survival
How to Train Your Dragon, Clash of the Titans, The Odyssey, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Zombieland
The Future/ A Week or So.
INTERIOR: Underground home-base, bedrooms, control room with radio/ radar. EXTERIOR: Corn field, green open plains, thick and lush jungle, rocky bridge over canyon, brook or river, forest/ plant life-covered suburb, moss-covered city, demolished city, abandoned overgrown gas station, roads, liquor store, YMCA with pool, willow trees, marshland, intricate cave habitat, oceanside seashore, mountains
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JOEL DAWSON (20) lives in a community in a post-apocalyptic, monster-dominated world. He is one of the few without a mate, but he hears about one—AIMEE (20)—on the transmitter. All he knows is that she has red hair. No one will let him contribute to the well-being of the community, so he decides to set off and find her. East, toward the ocean. She is his future.
Once outside the bunker, he encounters monsters eager to eat him. The first is the SHELOBITCH, a gigantic daddy-long-legs spider. The DACTYL flies in and swoops up Joel. The two monsters fight over him. The Dactyl releases him, and the Shelobitch webs him.
BOY, a stray golden retriever, bites through the webs pinning him. Joel finds a giant FROG in a YMCA pool. The frog helps him escape from a pursuing, hungry RAPTOR, when the frog ingests the raptor. Joel and Boy spend the night in the quarters of Boy's former master, a young girl. They set out the next morning, taking one of the girl's dresses with them.
Someone throws a spear at him. Joel shoots back with his crossbow and hits CLYDE, a survivor. Joel stitches Clyde's wound and tells him he he's heading...
“Monster Problems” is a fun, action-comedy that follows Joel Dawson on his adventure through a post-apocalyptic world crawling with monsters in order to find the girl he loves, despite never having met her. Joel faces both great internal conflict and external conflict, fighting off creatures of all types. Along the way Joel meets different characters including a robot and a trusty dog, who aid his development in different ways. The dialogue and action sequences are vivid and paced well. Many original aspects color Joel’s quest, namely the unique characters he encounters and bright and inventive world....
A thoroughly inventive piece that offers a creative way to comment on singleness and relationships. It's similar to the “Odyssey,” but Joel Dawson is on a mission to find a mate, fit in with his community, and grow up. The set-up is original and the action contains well-timed pacing. Believable characters talk in realistic voices that move the tale along and reveal inner growth. The characters sometimes behave inconsistent with expectation, most notably in the resolution when, after finding out that Aimee nearly cost him his life, Joel comfortably forgives her with little internal debate. Showcasing just a moment of anger with her would layer the internal conflict and make his own arc that much more significant and earned. "Monster Problems" is well structured, and the stakes ramp up as he journeys onward into the unexplored world. The resolution even sets up a sequel, in which Joel is faced with the prospect of closing the portal that brought in the monsters....
The "Monster Problems" world is consummately and richly built, there's a strong premise, protagonist, and central conflict and, while not wholly original, the concept as executed still makes for a surprising and unpredictable read. In the midst of a monster-apocalypse that has plagued the world for at least twenty years, lonely-boy Joel Dawson goes on a quest to meet who he is convinced is the last single girl on Earth, Aimee. Humorous in tone, this premise proves to be advantageously complex, with the capacity to house intriguing characters with engaging conflicts and goals. Though mostly focused on one person, Joel, and his golden retriever sidekick Boy, Joel is a strong-enough character to carry this weight with a dynamic logic and list of goals. His dry wit and sarcasm pervade the narrative both in a voice-over and in the scenes, without ever feeling forced. Pacing builds and relieves tension while structure builds the foundation and expands it. While the concept itself seems to be an amalgamation of elements commonly seen in similar films, new themes and builds on predecessor's contributions, rather than taking from them, to deliver a generally surprising and original tale....