Parents should disregard any film review written by an adult about movies for kids. No parent cares about the cinematic quality of the kid flick; the aim is two hours of a decent, climate-controlled distraction that will put the parent towards the ultimate goal - bed time.
Anything else - plot, messages, story line, personal enjoyment - is a lottery.
Dreamworks latest creation, The Croods, achieves the bare minimum with lots of cute animals, pretty colors and other distractable scenes.
Alas, it also is a colossal failure - my daughter cried twice during the movie, and had a hard time sleeping as a result. There are a few explosions during the movie, as well as a menacing saber-toothed cat who doesn't turn out to be nice until the end.
This is her review.
The Big Mac Blog: Did you like the movie The Croods?
The Big Mac Blog: Why did not you like that movie?
Vivian: Because. I didn't ... want to go ... to that movie.
The Big Mac Blog: Did the movie scare you?
The Big Mac Blog: What parts scared you?
Vivian: The scary things.
The Big Mac Blog: Do you want to see it again?
The Big Mac Blog: What movie do you want to see?
Vivian: A different one.
As you can see, this is a giant thumbs down from a 4-year-old.
Parents - go at your own risk.
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