Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (U)



Comedy (2017)
89mins US

Starring: Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch, Kevin Hart
Director: David Soren
Writer(s): David Soren, Nicholas Stoller
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Fourth grade pals George Beard and Harold Hutchins run amok at Jerome Horowitz Elementary School. When one of their pranks backfires, the boys end up in the office of mean-spirited school headmaster, Benjamin Krupp, who vows to separate the lads. In retaliation, George uses a ring from a box of cereal to hypnotise Krupp and the tykes convince the headmaster that he is a superhero called Captain Underpants, who gallivants around town wearing a pair of white y-fronts and a flowing red cape.

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (U)

Adapted from Dav Pilkey's series of colourful children's books, David Soren's energetic computer-animated adventure is like a pair of oft-worn Y-fronts: saggy and frayed in places but structurally sound. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie embraces puerile humour with a goofy grin and repeatedly trots out fart and poop gags to keep youngsters in the audience sniggering with glee. It's a one-joke script by Nicholas Stoller, who penned the vastly superior 2011 Muppets film, which shortchanges parents and older children, who no longer mine mirth from the name of the planet Uranus...

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Harold Hutchins (voiced by Thomas Middleditch) and George Beard (voiced by Kevin Hart) in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. All Rights Reserved.The animation ripples with bright colours and, in a pleasing nod to Pilkey's source material, Soren has incorporated hand-drawn visuals as well as one sequence involving hand puppets. Annoyingly, the infuriating slip of an animator's light pen throughout the film distracts from the slickly orchestrated mayhem. The seat of learning at the heart of the story - Jerome Horwitz Elementary - is repeatedly misnamed Jerome Horowitz, including on the side of the school's yellow bus. It speaks volumes that my abiding memory of Soren's picture is a rogue vowel.

Fourth grade pals George Beard (voiced by Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (Thomas Middleditch) run amok at Jerome Horwitz Elementary, driving teachers to distraction with their antics. When one of their pranks goes awry, the boys end up in the office of mean-spirited school headmaster Benjamin Krupp (Ed Helms), whose desk is adorned with a poster that reads "Hope Dies Here". Krupp threatens to separate the lads and thereby terminate their friendship. In retaliation, George uses a plastic 3D hypno-ring he excavated from a box of frosted cereal to send Krupp into a trance. The tykes convince the headmaster that he is a superhero called Captain Underpants, who gallivants around their community of Piqua, Ohio, wearing just a pair of white Y-fronts and a flowing red cape. Realising they can control Krupp with a snap of their fingers, George and Harold exploit their powers of mind control to get their own back on snivelling classmate Melvin Sneedly (Jordan Peele). They also sow seeds of romance between the unsuspecting headmaster and kind dinner lady Edith (Kristen Schaal). Every superhero needs an arch-nemesis and the new science teacher Professor P (Nick Kroll) turns out to be a megalomaniac who intends to take over the school using his incredible shrinking device.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is a silly yet sweet confection, which maintains a brisk pace before the inevitable showdown between the forces of scantily clad good and cackling evil. Effervescent vocal performances keep energy levels up for the entire 89 minutes, including multiple opportunity for Helms to bellow the titular superhero's jaunty catchphrase ("Tra-la-laa"). While curmudgeonly Krupp eventually soars as the clumsy caped crusader, the character's big screen debut fails to convincingly take flight.

- Kim Hu

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Caption: Harold Hutchins (voiced by Thomas Middleditch) and George Beard (voiced by Kevin Hart) in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. All Rights Reserved.


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- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
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- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
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- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
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- Bolton, Vue Bolton
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- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
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- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
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- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bridgwater, Scott Cinemas
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
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- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
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- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
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- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
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- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
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- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
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- Poole, Cineworld Poole
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- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
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- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stockport, Cineworld Stockport
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
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- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- West Bromwich, Odeon West Bromwich
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
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- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Grinstead, Scott Cinemas
- Eastleigh, The Point
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Filmhouse
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Haverhill, Haverhill Arts Centre
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Killyconigan, Monaghan Omniplex
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard Theatre
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Longford, Longford Omniplex
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maidenhead, Norden Farm Centre For The Arts
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, Cineworld Stockport
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
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