After their cave is destroyed, overprotective prehistoric patriarch Grug (Nicolas Cage) is forced to overcome his fears, lead his family out of their comfort zone and adapt to a changing world.
This animated adventure is truly a treat for the whole family. Younger kids will love that the Croods sleep in a pile together, tweens will relate to rebellious Eep (Emma Stone) and parents will understand Grug's constant worry. The movie is warm and funny and it proves that, despite our technological advances, nothing has really changed when it comes to taking care of the people who are most important to us.
This movie is intended for older children.
Younger preschoolers may be frightened by some of the perilous situations in which the Croods find themselves and by the ferocious, tiger-like cat who seems to be stalking them, but they'll feel--and be comforted by--the love between the family members and the fact that they're always there for each other. Five-year-olds will be as wide-eyed as the Croods themselves when the family enters the colorful, Oz-like new world.
Kids will think it's hilarious to see the invention of everyday items like shoes, sunglasses and cameras, and they'll feel so smart when they realize they know more than the Croods--especially when the family tries to put out a fire with stalks of dry grass! Young viewers will see the value of using their brains rather than brawn, and will learn the importance of evolving.
Twelve-year-olds may think they're too old for an animated adventure but they will actually relate to Eep's need for independence and will be empowered by her fearlessness and leadership. They'll also be glad to see that their parents aren't the only ones trying to shelter them, and will realize this has been going on since the beginning of mankind.