The Croods is a funny, family-friendly, family-affirming movie that parents will identify with and kids will enjoy. Definitely worth the price of admission!

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: None
  • Language/Profanity: None
  • Sex/Nudity: Prehistoric people don’t wear a lot of clothing, but there’s nothing particularly risqué about their attire. Eep is a well-endowed girl but her animal skin mini covers the basics. Male figures wear a tunic and a form of boxers, except for Guy who wears pants but no shirt. Some hugging. A few ‘butt shots’ during action sequences.
  • Violence: Quite a lot of ‘cave people in danger’ scenes including them being hunted by predators and threatened by natural disasters. Some of these perils may be a little intense for sensitive children. They also hunt for a living, so much chasing, hitting, and falling, but no one is seriously injured. They fight a bird-like creature for its egg and then eat it. Animals are shown being trapped. The family is later seen eating and their “table manners” are what you’d expect from a caveman.
  • Spiritual Themes: There’s a definite bias against sticking to the old ways in the face of a new world. Eep tells her dad his rules “don’t work out here” and the message seems to be that rules keep people 'in the dark.' That could be a subtle strike against moral standards or maybe just a jab at legalism. Whatever it’s trying to say, it doesn’t say it very loudly and will probably go by unnoticed by most of the audience.

Publication date: March 22, 2013