Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
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Movie Title: Captain Underpants Grade: B+ 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. Uplifting theme: • Friendship • Imagination • 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.” Funny lines: • “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. MOVIE REVIEW MOM @trinaboiceJuly 5th, 2017 · Details
Despite an excess of toilet humor (literally. The villain is named Professor Poopypants and he rides around in a giant toilet), there's no denying Captain Underpants has the charisma and gumption necessary to rescue itself from becoming another lowbrow summer outing. Kids will find plenty to laugh at, and even adults may crack a smile. 3.5 out of 5.Click here to read the full review
With villains like Tippy Tinkletrousers, the Bionic Booger Boy and Wedgie Woman in their pages, the Captain Underpants comic books were never going to be accepted as top-notch educational tomes for kids. In fact, all they ever had up their proverbial pant leg was a collection of zany, sketch-like cartoons and a whole lot of goofy poo-poo humor. Now that's been translated to the big screen. Anyone who's ever seen a modern comedy knows there are different gradations of toilet humor that can dribble to the screen. Gags range from wink-and-stink giggles all the way down to excremental explosions. Captain Underpants lands on the occasionally creative, but eye-rollingly silly side of that odious scale. For a very slim segment of the populace—say, grade schoolers who consider a wet palm under a flapping arm to be high art—this pic will likely be a winner. For the rest of us, who might get dragged to this flick by our kids against our better judgement, well, there's always a sleep mask and a good travel pillow.Click here to read the full review