Movie Review ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’

Captain Underpants

Captain Underpants

“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” is a computer animated comedy based on the popular children’s book series by Dav Pilkey. The movie, like the books, will have your kids rolling with laughter. Full of potty humor (literally) kids will recognize their favorite characters and events from the book series. Haven’t read the books? Don’t worry. Captain Underpants doesn’t take too much thought to catch on.

Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

George and Harold fear that their elementary school principal will put them in separate classrooms ending their best friendship forever, so they hypnotize him. In the process they realize that they can make him turn into the main character in their self-written and illustrated comics, Captain Underpants. With each snap of their fingers, Principal Krupp tears off his clothes revealing tighty whities and a red cape, ready to rid the world of evil. And evil does arrive at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School in the form of a new teacher named Professor Poopypants.

Captain Underpants isn’t as easy to control as the two fourth grade friends thought, so George and Harold  begin to struggle with their decision. He’s causing the school a lot of trouble, but bringing back principal Krupp could mean the end of their friendship, FOREVER.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is a cartoon that kids can relate to from about Kindergarten through the tween years with the exaggerated versions of events, bathroom humor, and the invisible limits of friendship. As parents, we know that separate classrooms won’t ruin George and Harold’s friendship FOREVER, but these are very real thoughts of elementary school kids. While it may be silly, and the humor might not be appropriate at the dinner table, it can open conversations about choosing right and wrong.

The West boys at the Captain Underpants screening. Photo Rebecca West

The West boys at the Captain Underpants screening. Photo Rebecca West

Just want some easy entertainment? Kids will get a good laugh and if they’re anything like mine, they’ll be ready to head to the bookstore right after the movie.

“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”

Release Date: June 2, 2017

Director: David Soren

Writer: Nicholas Stoller (Based on the Epic Novels by Dav Pilkey)

Producers: Mark Swift, Mireille Soria

Cast: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal

Rated PG

Runtime 1 hour 29 minutes

Movie Review by Rebecca West. You can read more about her and her work at The Moments at Home.

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