Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: Very mild crude humour.

  • The pitch:

    Plenty of potty humour.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal

  • Directed by:

    David Soren

  • Running time:

    89 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters get hit by cars, squirted with water, flicked, shot at by robots with lasers/a giant turtle with a burned-out eye, hypnotised, knocked over/to the ground, punched, thrown through the air/into a tree, captured during a bank robbery, caged, shrunk, enlarged, teased, brainwashed, slammed against a wall, squashed underfoot, grabbed, zapped with brain-altering rays, slapped. Characters bash their heads on desks/against lockers, fall down, thump fists on a desk, jump through a closed window, attacked by angry toilets, swallowed/flushed. Comic explosions. A rocket ship crashes and burns. Objects thrown/torn up/catapulted/toilet-papered. A cat is blasted. A vehicle hits cars/buildings. Burning shopping mall, debris, burning hair. A teacher has a bag full of weapons (gelignite, mace, double-headed battle axe, knife, chemicals, torture instruments, etc). Poster of a shoe about to squash an ant. Yelling, roaring. An adult character says he experienced childhood trauma. Evil experiments mentioned. Blood/gore: Characters with white/hypnotised eyes. Bran scan images. Jars of plucked-out eyeballs, bodies of former students, torture implements, Ebola, blood oath mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting. Characters in boxer shorts/briefs. A man says he should be dating models twice his size.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    (None.)

  • LANGUAGE:

    Pee, privates, fanny, butt cheek. Name-calling (weirdo, mean, old, terrible, sad, miserable, pathetic, failures, bozo, maniac, suck-up, evil, numbskulls, idiots, Oprah, super dumb, etc). Religious exclamations (God speed, etc). Jokes about Uranus being a gas giant. A character's name includes the words diarrhoea and poopypants.

  • THEMES:

    Best friends, writing, illustration, strict principals, comic strips, elementary school, invention, evil teachers, laughter, practical jokes, humourlessness, revenge, tattling, super powers, anti-authoritarianism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dolphins, kitten, cat, reindeer, tiger, worm, dog, birds, giant bird, bee. Lightning, thunder, full moon. Mime artist, balloons. Farting, burping, nose-picking, booger-flicking, spitting. Chicken drumsticks, fish skeleton. Vision during end credits; mid-credits scene. Based on the books by Dav Pilkey.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Funny, silly, googy, innocent, naughty, fun, loopy, fast-paced, rousing, fresh, frantic, hyperactive, quirky, lighthearted, appealing, spirited, lively, offbeat, zany. Inspired/effective use of colour, terrific use of 2D animation/Flip-O-Rama sequences/sock puppets.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    A little overstuffed/exhausting, could do with a sturdier storyline and more dimensional characters.

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