When it comes to teen or young adult films, reception is always fickle. For every "Adventures in Babysitting" (1987) or "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), there’s a "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking" (1988) or "Mac and Me" (1988). Some are instant critical darlings, while others develop into cult classics. There’s no denying, however, that it’s the audience – the children – that makes them what they are. It’s the children that remember the silly stupidity of "Pippi" and the terrible heartbreak of "The Neverending Story" (1984). So while not every film grows to become a box office leader, the impression they make may lead to untold longevity. Such may be the case with writer/director Paulina Lagudi’s "Mail Order Monster", a story about grief, bullying, and the need for healing, told through the lens of a child’s imaginative eye.
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