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The world's first family embarks on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever.
Animated Comedy Adventure - This is a 3D computer animated comedy set in prehistoric times. Fans
of all the voice actors should enjoy though this is definitely more
of an ensemble piece. There are some moments that would be scary and
intense for very young kids, but this is definitely all-ages appropriate.
PROFANITY: 1 miscellaneous profanity. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Falls and comic hits and bites. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None. ACTION: Chases and destruction. COMEDY: Banter, physical gags, baby and old person humor.
Roger EbertFull Review Good Despite a few too many mother-in-law jokes, 'The Croods' nicely makes it clear that even before they had fire, families understood how important it was to cherish and protect each other.
Washington PostFull Review Above Average 'The Croods' is light fare, but it explores a serious theme, if only superficially.
NY PostFull Review Poor And yet Cage is the least of the problems with 'The Croods' an animated comedy about cavemen whose writers took things a little too literally when they were told to write Cro-Magnon humor.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 173 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:All but a few of the children ABSOLUTELY LOVED "THE GROODS."
TEENS:The male reviews are very mixed. Half loved it and half rated it average to below average. All the females loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:All the males and all but one of the females loved "The Groods."
ADULTS:GREAT REVIEWS from both the males and females. Approximately half loved this movie with most of the rest rating it above average. Only a fairly small percentage rated it as low as "Good/Average." For an animated children's movie, these are very high reviews.
THE CROODS is a 3D comedy adventure that follows the world's first modern family through the journey of a lifetime. When the cave that has always been their home is destroyed -- with the rest of their world not far behind it -- The Croods are forced to set off on the first family road (or path) trip. Rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts, The Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures, and a future beyond any they imagined.
The Crood family dynamics, though unfolding a few million years ago, feel like they could come from your own household. Like most fathers, family patriarch Grug (Nicolas Cage) is fiercely protective of his wife and three kids. His hyper-vigilance has kept his cave-bound family safe, secure and... super- bored. Grug's strong and dutiful better half, Ugga (Catherine Keener), accepts her husband's "fear is good; change is bad" mentality, as does their son Thunk (Clark Duke), who's content with the static status quo. Feisty mother-in-law Gran (Cloris Leachman) never tires of needling (or sometimes assaulting) Grug; and stone-tough toddler Sandy might be the fiercest Crood yet.
But leave it to a rebellious teenager (is there any other kind?) to stand up to parental authority. Grug's sole focus is survival, but Eep (Emma Stone) wants to actually live, her about the world outside their cave collides with her dad's primitive rules. (Ever the defiant outsider, Eep gets her own ledge to sleep on while the rest of the Croods form a "sleep pile" for some group shut-eye.)
A cataclysmic event forces the Croods to venture into parts unknown and rethink their way of living. En route, they encounterGuy (Ryan Reynolds), whose dazzling new discoveries -- like fire...and shoes -- shake up the Croods in unexpected ways. Most of the family (especially Eep) is smitten by Guy's vision of a new place called "tomorrow," but Grug sees the biggest calamity yet: a charming teenage boy from which he must "protect" Eep.
The Croods soon realize that if they don't evolve…they're history.