Movie Title: Captain Underpants
Rating: PG, 84 minutes
In a Nutshell: As a mother of four sons, I’m quite familiar with the Captain Underpants universe. If you are too, then you pretty much know what you’re walking into here: an endless string of potty humor. Even the character Harold admits, “I didn’t know if it was good weird or bad weird.” It’s actually a good weird, as well as surprisingly smart and clever, giving kids all the colorful fun and shenanigans they want, while making parents laugh too.
• Pranks of kindness are the best kinds of pranks.
Things I liked:
• Three different kinds of animation are featured during various parts and they all work really well together.
• Some of the visual gags are really cute and funny.
• Some of the dialogue is actually clever and entertaining for parents who have to sit through this.
• I love details and this fun flick has plenty of them.
• There are plenty of Easter Eggs for kids and parents who are fans of the books.
• Fast-moving, perfect for little kids.
• Oh, to have as much enthusiasm as Captain Underpants…la la LA!
• Keep watching after the rolling credits for another funny clip.
• There’s a zippy Weird Al song that the kids will love.
• Kevin Hart often annoys me, but he was cute and funny in this.
• Voice talents include Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, Brian Posehn, and Kristen Schaal.
• The movie is pretty true to the source material. Any time a movie makes a kid want to read a book, it’s a great triumph.
• With names like Professor Poopy Pants, Dr. Diaper, and Bionic Booger Boy, it’s clear the author loves alliteration. Me too.
Things I didn’t like:
• One of the female instructors looked and talked exactly like Roz on Monsters Inc., a total rip-off.
• Super clichéd, one-dimensional characters and stereotypes. Of course, that’s how kids see adults.
• There is a short, terrible musical number about Saturday.
• Lots of farts, burps, and other immature humor. Harold admits, “That is like the lowest form of comedy.”
• “Separate classes? I’ll never see you again in my life!” – Harold
Tips for parents:
• Your kids might actually get ideas for pranks they could pull at school.
• Parents will roll their eyes and giggle at the same time.
• Your kids will probably think potty humor is even funnier now.
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