The Croods: A New Age Review – Is It Kid-Friendly? The Croods are back! Funny, check. Entertaining, check. After we gave you a first glimpse of the movie, It is time for The Croods 2 Movie Review. We answer the question: Is The Croods: A New Age Kid-Friendly? and much more in our parent guide and movie review.
The Croods: A New Age Parent Guide
Because, peril, action, and rude humor classify this movie as PG, we are going to give you our take on what we saw. In a nutshell, the movie is family-friendly and great for kids 7 and older. Be watchful for certain behaviors the kids might want to copy.
ACTION – VIOLENCE
The clan faces all kinds of perilous moments. For the most part, they are addressed with slapstick. humor Animals chase them, and the girls go on their own adventure a couple of times. They fight to protect themselves and save those they love. Wooden weapons make an appearance.
LANGUAGE AND GESTURES
There is no language to report. Eye rolls and teenager stuff is in. So is slapstick humor, bitting butts that looked like berries and things of that nature. If you have monkey see, monkey do concerns, be on the lookout for monkeys that communicate by punching each other.
There are intense moments that include different monsters. The monsters are a mixture of the animals we know today. Yes, the monkeys with glowing eyes can be frightening. There is a giant menacing Gorilla-like monster and it is with it that most of the intensity escalates. So, be on the lookout for that if you have sensitive children. There are also some tense family moments that could affect some kids. Mine are doing the sleep pile….
Drugs and Alcohol
There is a bee sting that makes a character act like a drunk person.
Adult topics and Nudity
Love is in the air and there is some kissing. The sleep ball can be confusing to some. Death of parents and parent-child separation is alluded to. Oh, and we see granny in a two-piece.
The Croods: A New Age Review
While the movie is centered on family, there is a lot going on. So, it can be scary for those 7 and younger. It was great entertainment, The colors of the movie are striking. Definitively, I believe the animation is superior to the one of the original. But, the story feels a bit rushed in some parts. The fact that they are pre-historic gives the Croods full license to be crude and it does happen a lot in the film. It is on point. What should we take away? There is a lot we can look at. For example, don’t look down on others. The Croods (led by their women) do show they are just as intelligent. Undoubtedly, this movie is a celebration of family and all its quirks. Oh, the movie does point out that even though the Bettermans seem to live better due to “technology”, The Croods have a stronger bond. Ponder that. As I type that, I glance over at my kids staring at their individual screens.
The Croods: A New Age Overall Thoughts
Definitively, you do not need to have seen the first movie to follow this adventure. The irreverent, smart humor has a couple of laugh out loud moments. More than that it is the adventure and the way our modern comforts are played into a prehistoric setting ‘a la Flintstones” that kids will love. Personally, I was all about the undertone that spoke to me: can we all just get along? It does bring love, forgiveness, and friendship to the forefront too.
If you are looking for teachable moments? The ugly faces of superiority complexes, condescension, superiority complexes, passive-aggressive, social norms, and the issues of accepting conformity, are all in the movie. Another more positive conversation can be about how Eep and Dawn teach us how despite apparently being different, we are more alike than we think.
Of course, we have to have a word on girl power. It is not an ordinary one. Better yet, grandma proves to be stronger and braver than she is given credit. It is a teamwork effort and boy, do these girls show nature, monkeys, and men how they roll!
About The Croods New Age
The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to surviving the end of the world, but now they will face their biggest challenge of all: another family. The Croods need a new place to live. So, the first prehistoric family sets off into the world in search of a safer place to call home. When they discover an idyllic walled-in paradise that meets all their needs, they think their problems are solved…except for one thing. Another family already lives there: the Bettermans. The Bettermans (emphasis on the “better”) – with their elaborate treehouse, amazing inventions, and irrigated acres of fresh produce – are a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. When they take the Croods in as the world’s first houseguests, it isn’t long before tensions escalate between the cave family and the modern family. Just when all seems lost, a new threat will propel both families on an epic adventure outside the safety of the wall, one that will force them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together.
Starring Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Leslie Mann, Peter Dinklage, Kelly Marie Tran