Disclosure: I was given complimentary admission to an advance screening of Captain Underpants : The First Epic Movie for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.
I know. Some parents tell me how much they don’t like the Captain Underpants books, looking for a simpatico soul. I don’t think they are expecting my giggle and enthusiastic response of , “I LOVE Captain Underpants!”
You don’t have to be a BoyMom in order to love Captain Underpants. Yes, it’s potty humor. Yes, it can be kind of gross. But… if you look past that, you see that the books are witty. That potty humor is slipped into the book in very clever ways. I like clever.
If you’re new to these characters, Captain Underpants : The First Epic Movie starts from the beginning. Best friends George (voiced by Kevin Hart) and Harold (voiced by Thomas Middleditch) suffer through school days made miserable by Principal Krupp (voiced by Ed Helms).
After one prank too many, George and Harold are driven to desperate measures to keep Principal Krupp off their backs. No spoilers – you’ll see how the boys inadvertently turn Principal Krupp into Captain Underpants! Tra-la-la!
The dialogue has the same wit and cleverness of the books. I found myself laughing repeatedly and heard plenty of other adults in the audience doing the same.
The movie reaches its climax in a battle with evil Dr. Poopypants (yes, that’s right) and kids everywhere will LOVE it. Toilets are involved.
You can take my review with a grain of salt. I am that mom who has three boys and embraces it. True story – my youngest had a line in the school play about a “tour of duty”. I wasn’t sure he would be able to get through it because we always have to smother giggles when someone uses the word “duty”. But I loathe when a kid’s movie goes over the top with gross humor that really doesn’t need to be there.
What I love about the Captain Underpants movie is that the humor is original and inventive, while still being something that would absolutely come out of an elementary school boy’s brain. There is an innocence about this potty humor, y’all. I would catch my nine year old son and I laughing and looking at each other repeatedly during especially funny moments. Any movie that can give us those shared moments is a winner in my book.