Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • PG
  • 1h 29m
  • 2017
Certified Fresh88%
Common Sense Media Iconage 6+
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TRA-LA-LAA! DreamWorks Animation presents the year's most hysterically heroic comedy, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie! Two fourth-grade BFFs accidentally hypnotize their principal into believing he's a dimwitted hero named Captain Underpants. But when they discover the new science teacher's plot to rid the world of laughter, they'll need to band together to stop his evil agenda!
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh88%
Critics Consensus: With a tidy plot, clean animation, and humor that fits its source material snugly, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is entertainment that won't drive a wedge between family members.
Time Out
Tom Huddleston

Just when your brain's starting to ache, the film chucks in another subversive crack about America...

July 19, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle
Peter Hartlaub

In the end, it's impossible to ignore the fact that this feature is devoid of even the simplest po...

June 25, 2017
Seattle Times
Soren Andersen

The friendship of George and Harold is celebrated, and the cheery vocal work of Hart and Middledit...

June 25, 2017
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Maricar Estrella

The film also inventively incorporates CG animation, live-action sock puppets and a flipbook to br...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Book-based adventure is fun ... if you like potty humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that as long as you don't have a problem with potty humor, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is a fun pick for elementary schoolers and up. But you really need to be OK with the potty humor, because it's constant. Based on the hugely popular book series by Dav Pilkey, the story follows two prank-loving best friends who hypnotize their angry principal into believing he's Captain Underpants, the hero of the boys' many comic books. In addition to all the jokes about poop, Uranus, and other bodily functions, there's some superhero/action violence -- particularly when the villain (Professor Poopypants) attacks the school. But many of the tense/perilous moments are lightened via humor (there's lots of slapstick) and animation choices (for instance, switching to a flip-book style at the height of a big battle). Some kids might be upset by the principal's constant yelling or his threat to separate the boys and end their friendship, but things generally stay pretty upbeat. Language includes frequent potty/body words, as well as insults like "weirdo," "stupid," and "suck up," and there's some stereotyping (particularly the nerdy character, Melvin). Two adults flirt with each other and go on a date. While the boys don't show much respect for authority, they do learn important lessons about what makes a friendship/team really strong and the importance of having empathy for others.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family, Action
  • Release Date:June 2, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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