The Croods

Theatrical Release: March 22, 2013
DVD Release: October 1, 2013
The Croods
Dove "Family-Approved"
For Ages 12 and Over

Synopsis

Surviving in a volcanic world is tough enough, but caveman Grug (Cage) gets a rude awakening when an earthquake forces him to leave behind the only world he knows. With his family in tow, he ventures out into the volatile world in search of a new home. The situation becomes even more complicated when Grug’s family – but in particular his eldest daughter – become smitten with a nomad (Reynolds) they encounter on their dangerous journey. This quirky, imaginative stranger’s search for ‘tomorrow’ is at odds with Grug’s reliance on the traditions of yesterday.

Dove Review

This movie is laugh-out-loud funny and the kids I screened it with did just that. In fact, the film is rated PG and indeed we are awarding the Dove Seal for ages twelve plus, due to a lot of slapstick and fantasy violence, but it is based on the days of cave men and the violence isn’t to be taken very seriously. It includes characters smashing into walls and some characters smacking each other. In one scene, the character’s clothes are beaten to clean them by hanging up the characters while still in their clothes and clubbing them! In another scene “heads or tails” must be decided and a character is flipped in the air like a coin and lands head first with her head stuck in the sand and her rear up in the air so it is “tails” that wins!

The 3D and animation is as good as any I’ve seen. Basically, the plot centers on caveman Grug (voiced by Nicholas Cage) and his eldest daughter Eep (Emma Stone). Eep falls for an intelligent young man named Guy (Ryan Reynolds). In fact, Guy is able to introduce the family to fire and shows them how to call for help by blowing into shells. Grug is not crazy about Guy and only grudgingly begins to see that he can actually be good for Eep.

The movie is filled with humor and laughs, great chases, the danger of larger-than-life animals, and ultimately a touching scene in which a proud father and daughter are able to say “I love you” to each other. Check out the content listing. Some parents will be fine with their kids a bit younger than twelve watching the movie. It is a visual feast for the eyes and is very entertaining.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: A lot of slapstick and physical comedy such as characters being beaten in their clothes with clubs to get the clothes dusted out and cleaned; characters hit with rocks and clubs; a young toddler hits her dad with a rock; fire is discovered and a few characters end up burned; a caveman admits thinking about his wife's mother being killed; photos are taken by character's images being imprinted on stones as the stones smack them in the faces.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Shirtless young cave man; girl with short cave dress.
Other: A few jump scenes including a large Saber-tooth Tiger suddenly appearing; a grandmother says that animals you don't eat are called children.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Theater
Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Chris Sanders & Kirk De Micco
Director: Kirk De Micco & Chris Sanders
Producer: Kristine Belson
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 98 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Nicolas Cage,
Ryan Reynolds,
Emma Stone