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Where the Wild Things Are is about a rambunctious eight-year-old named Max who likes to wear a wolf costume and act like a wild animal. His parents are getting a divorce, and he feels ignored by his mother and sister. His sister does nothing when her friends destroy a fort Max built outside. In retaliation, he trashes her room. To make matters worse, his mom invites her boyfriend over for dinner instead of visiting the new fort he builds in his room.

Max dons his wolf costume and wreaks havoc. He bites his mom’s shoulder and runs away when she yells at him. At the edge of a pond, he finds a boat and boards it. The pond turns into an ocean, which leads to an island. On the island, Max encounters a group of monstrous creatures. One of them, Carol, is having a tantrum because his girlfriend, K.W., left him. Max tries to join in the mayhem but soon arouses the suspicions of the wild things. He must convince them that he is a king so that they don’t eat him.

Carol shows Max a model of a fort that he wants to build on the island. Max agrees to help build it. When K.W. brings two owl friends to help, Carol becomes jealous and starts ruining the fort. One of the wild things confesses to Max that he knows he is not a king. When Carol finds out, he threatens to eat Max, but K.W. steps in to save him.

What happens on the island is a reflection of Max’s personal life. The wild things all have their own problems, and Carol’s tantrums only make things worse. In his household, he is like Carol, only adding stress to his mother and sister’s life. After he realizes what they are going through, he leaves the island and returns home, having learned a valuable lesson.

| 2009 | | 6.7/10 | 71/100
Max Records, Pepita Emmerichs, Max Pfeifer, Madeleine Greaves
Spike Jonze
Produced By
Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Maurice Sendak, John Carls, Vincent Landay

Also starring Max Records

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