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"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters": The Continuing Adventures of (a) God's Son 

Wednesday, Aug 7 2013
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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters The fact that Percy Jackson is a Harry Potter clone hasn't been news since 2010's Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and the economically-titled sequel Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is more of the same: Still adjusting to the news that he's the son of the Greek god Poseidon, Percy (Logan Lerman) and his plucky teen-demigod pals must find the Golden Fleece to save their magical school. It cribs not only from Harry Potter, but also James Bond and Indiana Jones, and since it steals from the best it's all passably entertaining, even if the titular Sea doesn't deliver all that many Monsters. The "fathers and sons should talk more" theme is bluntly stated, and the jokes are largely juvenile and often cringe-worthy — but that's all reasonable for a PG-rated fantasy based on children's adventure stories, and the fluffy Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters does bring in grown-ups Anthony Stewart Head, Nathan Fillion, and Stanley Tucci for some much-needed charisma. The always-fun Tucci even redeems a pandering shout-out to Christian parents meant to reassure them that their God is the awesome god, in spite of the fact that the picture makes Greek polytheism look a lot more fun than Christianity. And Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is fun, if little else.

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