Animated


Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie


MPAA Rating:
PG
Genre:
Animated
Runtime:
89 mins
Stars:
Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch
Director:
David Soren
Producer:
Marie Balland

Content at a Glance

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Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
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1
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
1
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
2
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


none.

Language


a few comments like “suck up” and a few “dumb” comments; professor poopypants says when pronouncing his name the emphasis should be on the “poop”; bozo-1; the word “fart” is seen a few times; butt cheeks-1; pooper-1; a poop and vomit comment.

Violence


slapstick violence such as a character being struck by a car a few times; a character with an enlarged hand slaps another character.

Drugs


none.

Nudity


various characters are seen in their underwear.

Other


a bathroom door is opened and a man is at a urinal but nothing graphic is shown; potty humor—for example, the kids laugh at the planet uranus being mentioned; boys attempt to sabotage a student’s invention, but they are caught; a comment of “your parents are obviously total failures”; a joke about married parents not “liking each other”; humor with a whoopee cushion and flatulence noises made with arms under arm pits; a kid spits on his own hand to make a promise but the other kid refuses to do the same.


Trailer



Synopsis

Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.


Movie Message

George and Harold love to laugh. Sure, some of their laughter is ignited by potty humor. Yet when the principal, Principal Krupp, is a tyrant with a sign placed on his desk saying “Hope dies here,” then laughter is just the medicine that is needed. Jerome Horwitz Elementary is where the young George Beard and Harold Hutchins get their inspiration, mainly from their boredom, to write a comic they call “Captain Underpants.” After all, Principal Krupp has threatened to separate the two of them from each other by placing them in two different classrooms. They refer to this possible “long distance” relationship with great trepidation. This funny film is based on the novels by Dav Pilkey and a screenplay by Nicholas Stoller.

It would be difficult to imagine several audience members watching this movie without cracking a smile or laughing out loud at a few of the over-the-top scenes. After all, most adults remember what it is like to be a kid and to deal with harsh authority, right? The thing of it is, thanks to a ring that can hypnotize, George and Harold are able to change Principal Krupp into Captain Underpants, and his “Tra La La!” and sunny disposition is in direct contrast to his crusty nature as the principal. But we do learn the source of the principal’s gruff manner. He lives alone. He has two bath towels that say, “His” and “Still His.” But there is hope for him for companionship as a cafeteria worker named Edith likes Principal Krupp. The wonderful thing about this movie is the boys finally realize they have no right to change the principal’s personality and change him back to his old, difficult self. But what he has gone through has changed him a bit. And when the boys actually do something nice and arrange a date for the principal and Edith, this definitely marks a moment of hope for the two young men.

There are a few slapstick violent scenes, including a character being hit by a car a few times (he survives). And while the boys are disrespectful in the beginning, they are not mean-spirited, and they do change by movie’s end. Due to the wonderful themes about growing as a person, taking responsibility and the need for a sense of humor in this life, we are presenting our Dove Seal for ages 12-plus to this movie. And we don’t think you can watch this movie through without smiling or laughing at least a few times. Unlike the two people caught in the elevator with Captain Underpants, that immediately open the door and flee, there will be several people wanting to “get in” to see this film.

For Ages 12 And Over

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