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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie [2017] [PG] - 2.3.2

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Animated feature based on the popular children's book series: Two boys (with the voices of Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch) are threatened with separation when their angry principal (voiced by Ed Helms) figures that it would be the best way to stop their pranks and destroy their friendship. Also with the voices of Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Kristen Schaal. Directed by David Soren. [1:29]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and a woman flirt awkwardly in a few scenes and the woman blushes in one scene. A man and a woman go on a date and flirt over dinner.
 A man says that he takes a turtle-cam into the shower with him and we see the turtle with a tear in its eye. A man talks about wanting to date models. A character talks about wedgies.
 We see men and women wearing underwear with capes that reveal the bare chest, abdomen and legs of the men, as well as cleavage, bare abdomens and thighs above stocking tops of women. We see a drawing of a man seated on a toilet and holding a magazine (no nudity is shown).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man controlling a giant toilet moves through the streets of a town and people on the ground run and scream. A man is struck by a car and thrown into the air, he is struck by another car and lands on the ground and then a third car hits him and he is thrown off screen (we see him OK later). A giant toilet launches toilet paper rolls at people on the ground and a boy is pinned under a roll. An energy beam scans across many children in a school and leaves them with grey faces and blank eyes. An energy beam is turned on two boys and the power is increased until one boy turns grey and his eyes turn blank and the same thing happens to the other boy (they are shown fine later). A man shoots a shrink ray at a woman and makes her very small. A man shoots a shrink ray at two boys and misses them, one boy's hand is struck by a ray that enlarges it, a man is enlarged and a bird is enlarged, and then a school building is shrunk and a man is shrunk. A giant toilet with legs and arms and cleats on its feet steps on a man, picks him up and uses him as a paddle ball. A man is dropped into glowing liquid in a giant toilet bowl (like toxic waste) and transforms to a super-hero. A giant toilet pours glowing liquid onto many other toilets on the ground and they turn into chomping monsters that attack people; we see one man sucked into the bowl and swirling around like he is being flushed and eaten) while others march through streets chomping their toothy lids together like mouths.
 A man punches a mime in the face thinking that he is saving him and the mime falls to the ground complaining. A man throws a woman into a tree to save a cat. A man jumps across rooftops to attack a giant gorilla balloon and wrestles it; the ropes come loose and the man and the balloon bounce through the streets of a town chased by two boys driving a crane and the action ends when the man lands on two bank robbers leaving a bank and the police arrive to arrest them. A man falls out of a tree house yells and runs away. A man drives a bus up a ramp of flames and his hair catches fire briefly. A man flips jockey type underwear at a man like rubber bands.
 Two girls are locked in a cage for laughing. A man unpacks many large weapons from his briefcase when he is applying for a position as a teacher in an elementary school. Two boys are locked into a principal's office while he determines their punishment for pranks played on him and the school. An angry principal tears up a comic book created by two pupils. A dog snarls at a man and bites his cape. A man yells and his face turns red in a couple of scenes. A child is shown spinning on hot dog rollers and another is seen swirling on a cotton candy machine.
 A boy wears an electrified cap while a man scans his brain for signs of a laughter lobe. A boy hypnotizes a man and the man's eyes swirl before he is told to act like a chicken and he pounds his head on the floor, and then acts like a monkey and he swings from the ceiling, and then acts like a superhero; he jumps through a closed window, crashes to the ground below, and runs into the street where he is struck by a car and then jumps over a fence and runs away (he does not seem to be harmed).Two boys throw water in a man's face and he snaps out of a hypnotic state, and then they snap their fingers and he goes back into the hypnotic state repeatedly in several scenes.
 Two boys imagine robots shooting at each other in a mall and a giant frog shoots a laser from its eye causing flames to burst in the area. An infant wrapped in a blanket is launched off a planet and crashes onto another planet (unharmed) in a comic book. A boy imagines a principal with a flamethrower incinerating a cat. Two boys imagine being on separate planets and they move away from each other as they both cry out. A giant bird squawks and people scream.
 Children run around in a frenzy after a man pours sugar on their heads. A bunch of balloons lifts a young girl into the air. Toilet paper rolls are launched around an auditorium during a demonstration gone wrong and one roll hits a man (he becomes angry and yells).
 Flashbacks to pranks pulled on teachers include water fountains spraying in their faces, a tiger in a classroom, paint splattered on them, among others. A man falls into a dunk tank and is sprayed with water guns at a carnival.
 Thunder claps sound and lightning flashes when children go into school on a Saturday. A funeral dirge plays as children march into a school building. We see children climb into their lockers and close the doors in a few scenes. Children pound their heads on their desks in a few scenes.
 A sign on a principal's desk reads, "Hope Dies Here." Two boys make fun of the size of a man's waistline. A man asks another man if he ever babysat and the man replies, "You should never sit on a baby." A list on a man's résumé includes a description of him as a genius, mention of a revenge scheme and the words, "Die, die." Many people laugh wildly at a man on stage when his name is pronounced. A man in an ice cream truck tells a girl, "We're closed for Ebola."
 Two boys talk about what they think they will find in a man's house including brains in jars, jars of plucked out eyeballs, and the bones of former students. A man drools when he falls asleep in a chair and a boy drools when he falls asleep in a chair. A man's toupee pops on and off his head throughout the movie. A character in a comic book is a rotten egg sandwich. Many children with whoopee cushions on their seats play a musical piece using the flatulent sounds while others pick their noses, burp and make flatulent sounds with their armpits. We see a diagram of a brain as a man describes the lobes. We see a large pot with glowing green liquid in it in a school cafeteria and it is labeled "Leftovers." We see a drawing of a man seated on a toilet and holding a magazine (no nudity is shown). A character refers to vomit. A boy spits in his own hand. A boy talks about taking a blood oath with no blood.

PROFANITY 2 - 24 mild scatological terms, 1 mild anatomical term, many references to underpants, mild obscenities, name-calling (rotten, tattletale, dummer, wicked, junk, Curmudgeon Blvd., evil, suck-up, stupidest, super dumb, poopypants), exclamations (who the heck, what the heck, ), religious profanities, religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Excessive exposure to sugar causes children to become frenzied.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Friendship, pranks, laughter, punishment, authority, discipline, detention, peace, hypnosis, loneliness, forgiveness, failure, potty humor.

MESSAGE - Friendship can survive many challenges.

Special Keywords: S2 - V3 - P2 - MPAAPG

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