CAP­TAIN UNDERPANTS

Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN - JW

OUT 24 JULY / CERT U / 89 MINS DI­REC­TOR David Soren CAST Kevin Hart, Thomas Mid­dled­itch, Ed Helms, Jor­dan Peele, Nick Kroll, Kris­ten Schaal

A GROWN MAN run­ning around in tighty whitey un­der­wear. A vil­lain named Pro­fes­sor Poopy­pants. Fart gags. Toi­let jokes. If you’re al­ready chuck­ling, then chances are you’re the tar­get au­di­ence for Cap­tain Underpants. Or six. Based on a pop­u­lar book se­ries, it fo­cuses on prankster pals ge­orge (Hart) and Harold (Mid­dled­itch). They con­vince their fun-loathing prin­ci­pal (Helms) he’s su­per­hero Underpants, but run into trou­ble when a real vil­lain shows up. It’s hit-and-miss, front­load­ing the mad­ness then at­tempt­ing to leaven it with chat­ter about friend­ships and kind­ness — two tones that don’t sit eas­ily with one an­other. Only fit­fully fun, al­beit bol­stered by spritely vo­cal work.

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