"I'm surprised by how many people say this movie lacked a storyline. The story is of Max realizing that he had been a selfish brat all along, and developing enough maturity to return home. I thought the use of all the monsters representing facets of his personality, or influences in his life, was really well done. And the climax, where he ended up in the role of his mother, while Carol was an out of control brat, was very effective.
I'll admit this was advertised very poorly, towards kids and all, because really it was a fairly deep film that no child could really comprehend."