Although Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie got superb ratings from both movie-goers and critics, from the perspective of a 12 year-old, I did not find the movie to be very epic. I understand the possible appeal to a younger audience, but in my opinion, the movie failed to deliver on a strong story line or naturally building tension. It felt more like a long TV episode than a theatrical movie. The plot was loose and far fetched even by my standards, and moved at a frenetic pace — which is usually good for a movie — but in this case made it seem unfocused and hurried. I can see how this would work for a younger audience, who don’t need a compelling theme — this movie was basically about a pretend hero flying around in underpants — just as advertised. I’ll admit there were a couple of laugh-out-loud scenes: for example, when the students of the school formed a whoopee-cushion orchestra. That said, I can definitely see younger children getting several chuckles from this movie. In my view, the sweet spot for this movie are kids 6-8 years of age, and those who get a giggle from the word poop, butt, fart, and any other potty-words imaginable, will find this movie hilarious. On the positive side, this movie did keep my attention during my car ride to Michigan, and there was nothing particularly inappropriate about it for children — which is pretty hard to find these days. Parents can safely put this DVD in for their kids and feel good that it’s safe and harmless fun for a little over an hour. My overall rating for this movie is 2 stars.
By: Junior Contributor, Aidan