Saturday, March 23 2013, 12:34 AM MDT
Movie Review: The Croods
3 out of 5 Stars
Directors • Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders
Starring • Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone
Rated • PG
Recommended to • Those looking for a solid family-friendly animated film.
A prehistoric family is forced from the comfort of their cave when the continents begin to separate.
“The Croods” isn’t a sophisticated film. It uses the age-old plot device of a father not being able to relate to his teenage daughter and throws in the continental drift as a way to force Grug (Nicolas Cage), the father, out of his comfort zone so that he can better understand Eep (Emma Stone), his progressive daughter (which was essentially one of the subplots of “Ice Age: Continental Drift”). Fortunately the animation is dazzling and the script is just smart enough to keep adults engaged while kids go crazy over the sight gags and goofy situations the family is put in as they travel through an exotic land in search of somewhere safe. “The Croods” isn’t an instant classic, but it makes for a nice way to spend an evening with the family.
-Ryan Michael Painter