Wild Things isn’t overlong, but it is underwhelming. Who is the audience? Children brought to see it might find it a downer. Triumph or travesty, this movie is more likely something for Jonze’s generational cohorts to love or loathe. (How many suburban garage bands had the name Wild Rumpus?) For me, it seemed like group therapy with the Muppets.

Where the Wild Things Are was directed by Spike Jonze; written by Jonze and Dave Eggers, based on the book by Maurice Sendak; stars Catherine Keener, Max Records and Mark Ruffalo; and featuring the voices of Lauren Ambrose, James Gandolfini and Catherine O’Hara. Rated PG. Countywide.

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