The CroodsClosed Captioning
Chris Sanders & Kirk DeMicco
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Join the first modern family in this hilarious hit comedy from the creators of Madagascar and How To Train Your Dragon! When an earthquake destroys their cave dwelling, the Croods embark on the journey of a lifetime across a spectacular and unforgettable landscape filled with fantastic creatures, fun surprises and a whole new world of adventure. If they don’t evolve... they’re history!
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 133
- Fresh: 93
- Rotten: 40
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The family-dramedy genre that the film inhabits demands a bit more narrative ingenuity than is on display.
Fresh: Fast-paced, inventive animated comic adventure of a Stone Age family gets an extra boost from the lively vocal performances of stars Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds.
Fresh: As family viewing, it's pleasant enough: primitive, yes, but in a digitally sophisticated way that's boisterous, funny and will no doubt sell a lot of toys.
Fresh: "The Croods" is light fare, but it explores a serious theme, if only superficially.
A DELIGHTFUL COMEDY OF "PREHISTORIC" PROPORTIONS
A witty spin on the rebellious teen comedy, "The Croods" is a prehistoric animated adventure that's wonderfully silly enough to keep us laughing all the way through, but it also has sharp characters who are written, voiced, and designed with striking, engaging detail. The overall message may be familiar, but the flick is still inspiring (and a whole lot of fun). Caveman Grug (Nicolas Cage) protects his family by instilling a sense of fear about the dangers outside their small cave, especially after dark. But teen daughter Eep (Emma Stone) thinks otherwise, as she's just restless to explore new horizons. Her mother Ugga (Catherine Keener) has her hands completely full with feral baby Sandy, while preteen brother Thunk (Clark Duke) and wisecracking Gran (Cloris Leachman) are crazily unpredictable. Then one night, Eep sneaks out of the cave and bumps into Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a slightly more-evolved human who has mastered fire and has some radical ideas about survival, none of which impress the fiercely protective and close-minded Grug. But he and everyone else in the family will just have to learn to get along when their cave is destroyed, sending them all on the journey of a lifetime to find a new home. The most surprising thing about all of these terrific characters is that they're strongly defined and played by the voice cast in mostly against type roles (well, except for perpetual sassy-granny Leachman). This allows the protagonists to emerge well beyond the actors' personas, complete with actual insecurities and individual approaches to each situation, all while playfully riffing on the more animalistic behavior of cave-dwellers. Cage is especially strong as the bullheaded father who's horrified of change, so he's understandably nervous about this fit young man who's turned the head of his independent-minded daughter. Yes, there's the whiff of a predictable sitcom at times, although the huge, atmospheric setting freshens things up considerably. Characters and brightly colorful landscapes are lavishly animated with an incredible attention to detail, gleefully subverting the humans while creating various fantastical animals that can only be described as long-lost links in the evolutionary chain. From gigantic saber-toothed tigers and tiny elephant-mice to walking whales and even a crocodile-puppy, the film is a treasure trove of zany animated creativity. And Guy's sloth sidekick Belt has a Scrat-like ability to steal scenes without any real dialogue. Add in some amusing back-and-forth banter between the main cast, a few visually hilarious gags, and some sweet offbeat chemistry between Eep and Guy, and you've got yourself one nicely entertaining adventure-comedy for the entire family. In the end, the themes of "The Croods" quietly resonate, thankfully without too much sentimentality getting in the way. Essentially, this film is about the dangers of basing all of your decisions on fear, breaking a tired and stale routine, and finding a route into new possibilities. It isn't a hugely complex message, but the charming, engaging cast of characters manage to bring it to life in ways that continually catch us off-guard. And by the time the flick is nearly over, we don't want this adventure to end. Yes, it's that entertaining. So yeah, I ended up having a surprisingly fun time with "The Croods," a lot more so than I thought I would. Sure, the storytelling isn't exactly as evolved at it could've been, but thankfully, the beautiful animation, clever gags, and thrilling animation sequences make up for any glaring flaws. If you're an ardent fan of Dreamworks Animation and their signature brand of witty humor, then there's no reason why you shouldn't enjoy this stone-age family romp. At the very least, it's worth a rent.
A Charming and Funny Stone Age Adventure!
DreamWorks Animation may not be known for its masterful storytelling or unforgettable characters, but the studio sure does know how to craft a fun, engaging, and beautifully animated adventure, and that's exactly the case with "The Croods." I'll admit, I didn't have the highest expectations for this film, seeing as how it pretty much looked like a CGI cross between "The Flintstones" and "The Simpsons" (not to mention it featured a character that almost exactly resembled Merida from "Brave"). Nevertheless, I decided to put my doubts aside and give it a chance, which really turned out to be a great decision. This movie is, for the most part, a rapid-fire blast from start to finish. The characters are sweet and hilarious, the dialogue is witty and clever, the character designs are creative and memorable, and the colorful landscapes this film builds are just incredibly stunning. The voice cast is especially terrific, with Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, and Cloris Leachman delivering most of the big laughs. Even the story, despite its slight predictability and lack of surprise, manages to add in some genuine heart and earnestness without ever feeling too sentimental or sappy. I also gotta say that the action sequences here are some of the best I've ever seen in an animated flick. So in the end, "The Croods" may not quite be the best or most memorable comic adventure you'll see all year, but it'll still tickle your funny bone and leave you with a satisfying rush of fast-paced excitement. If you truly enjoy prehistoric jokes, inventive visual gags, and hilariously dysfunctional family road trips, this flick should be right up your alley. If you ask me, I say it's definitely worth a watch!
Awful, Pointless, Tiresome Drivel
This is one of the worst children's movies I've seen in years. In the past decade or so children's fare at the theater has had more than its share of heartwarming, meaningful, hilarious and gripping tale-telling, (mostly thanks to Pixar and its influence). This is not of that ilk. Whereas Pixar movies always have a valuable theme if not blatant moral (Pixar is much to subtle to use a club), this film glorifies foolishness, relentlessly mocks wisdom, and is part of the "parents need to learn from their children" mentality that only exists among fools and the childless.
- Genre: Kids & Family
- Released: 2013
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