Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Running Time:  89 min.
Release Date: June 2, 2017
DVD: September 12, 2017
Blu-ray: September 12, 2017
Digital: August 29, 2017
Netflix: July 10, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 3.24
based on 140 votes and 37 reviews
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Cast: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal


Mischievous class clowns George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch) create a comic book centered on the superhero Captain Underpants. After they hypnotize their mean principal Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms), however, Captain Underpants becomes part of their reality. He's elastic-banded and kind-hearted, entirely different from the evil principal they loathed.

Adapted from the popular children's novel series by Dav Pilkey.

Director: David Soren
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Producer(s): Mireille Soria, Mark Swift
Screenplay: Nicholas Stoller
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  • 5 stars "I just have to say, I'm disappointed in my fellow Edmontonians. I don't normally chew people out for opposing viewpoints, but it really does seem like the vast majority of reviewers here are cynics who completely missed the joke and have never even so much as researched the source material. (Kinda like the film's antagonists... it's like the film is taking a satirical jab at people like you. Suddenly, this film sounds smart, doesn't it?) What the majority of people here call stupid and mindless is actually a lot smarter and wittier than they realize. The plot is a satirical jab at how kids view society. It's brilliant how the main characters are actually the kids who create the titular character as opposed to the captain himself, like how Penny was the true main character of Inspector Gadget. Also, yeah, while the film doesn't follow the book's plot, it captures the spirit to a tee. If you've ever read so much as one Captain Underpants book, you can at least appreciate this. It's a comedy that knows what it is and doesn't care what people think. That's the kind of film that people should admire, not detest. Even the toilet humor... the film mocks itself for relying on it. Again, it's more ironically funny in the sense that it's making fun of how kids usually laugh at stupid jokes like these. The writing is a lot smarter than you guys are giving it credit for. Maybe you should look into the source material and give the film another shot. It kind of saddens me how American critics all get this film yet the majority of my fellow Edmontonians (Or at least those on this site) really don't."
  • 5 stars "I really enjoyed the movie. I could not stop laughing. It was great!!!"