It’s a stinking good time – for the kids, at least.
Up in their treehouse, papered with drafts of comics and cartoons, Harold (Thomas Middleditch) and George (Kevin Hart) spend every waking minute making up stories about the heroics of Captain Underpants (Ed Helms), a superklutz in tighty whities.
But when their grumpy principal, Mr. Krupp (also Ed Helms), tries to put an end to Harold and George’s friendship, their imaginations come to life. With the help of a hypnotizing ring from a box of cereal, they take control of the mind of their irascible educator, who becomes Captain Underpants.
In brief, he’s under the impression that he’s a smooth superhero, but he flies into walls and keeps getting his cape stuck in windows. He also has a habit of constantly, loudly proclaiming “Tra-la-laaaa.” Super annoying. So George and Harold have their hands full. And it gets worse when an evil scientist tries to rid the world of laughter. His name is Professor Poopypants.
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And there’s more potty jokes where that came from. But when you get beyond the toilet humor (fart jokes, nods to Uranus) there’s a lovely story of true-blue friendship. The movie, like Dav Pilkey’s books it’s based on, are about the unbreakable bond of true friendship. Even when they’re down and out, Harold and George count on each other.
Adults will appreciate that message. But this flick is really for the kids, who’ll laugh and “Tra-la-laaaa” all the way home.
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