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The Croods: A New Age | 2020 | PG | – 1.3.2

content-ratingsWhy is “The Croods: A New Age” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “peril, action and rude humor.” The evaluation includes a couple of kisses between teens, a few shirtless men and teen boys, references to children growing up and leaving to start their own families, the death of parents that leaves a young boy on his own in the wild, perilous encounters with dangerous animals and natural occurrences, an allergic reaction to a bee sting, several arguments and jealousy, and some name-calling. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.

Animated feature about a family of cave people that lives together happily until their teen daughter (voiced by Emma Stone) meets a teen boy (voiced by Ryan Reynolds). He initially joins their pack, but soon threatens to take her away and create their own pack. Also with the voices of Catherine Keener, Nicolas Cage, Cloris Leachman, Leslie Mann and Peter Dinklage. Directed by Joel Crawford. A few lines of “punch monkey” are acted out with subtitles. [Running Time: 1:35]

The Croods: A New Age SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A teen boy and a teen girl kiss and hold hands. Two sloths hug after it seems like one asks that other to be a couple. A teen boy kisses what he thinks is a teen girl’s hand while they are all sleeping in a pile and it turns out to be her father’s hand; the man wakes up and hears the boy talking about leaving the pack with the girl and starting their own pack. A boy mocks his sister for being “in love” with a teen boy. Two small sloths seem to be in love.
 Two men sit in a cave where one man talks about it being his “man cave” where he goes to be alone; they are wearing waist wraps that expose their chests and abdomens and legs and one man remarks about the other man’s very hairy chest. A woman pulls off a top and we see her wearing a bra and waist wrap that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen and legs to the upper thighs.
 A teen boy is shown shirtless in many scenes (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back to the hips). A man wears a robe that hangs open to reveal his bare chest and abdomen. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A teen girl wears a dress that is low-cut in the back and we see shoulders, bare back and a partial side breast.

The Croods: A New Age VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – Two giant hands reach over a ledge and we see spiked tines above a monster’s head, sharp fangs and glowing eyes as a giant monster approaches people and monkeys; the monster eats two men and a teen boy disguised as bananas, it sneezes and spits them out (we see a bit of saliva splatter). Several “spider wolves” with sharp teeth and many eyes move toward several people and a teen girl says that they are just protecting their young and they should not harm them; a voice from off-screen says, “They’re hugging me with their teeth. Ow!” Ice shoots out of the ground and a woman is encased in one; another woman approaches her with a flame to melt her and the woman in the ice panics about being burned. We hear loud banging on a wall and when the wall breaks we see a small “punch monkey,” many other punch-monkeys clamber into the area punching their hands together and we see their eyes glowing in the dark; they take away two men and a teen boy and we see them being carried in a hollowed out tree where one monkey pokes a man in the eye when he looks through a knothole. A teen girl is chased by a giant ape monster, it swats at her as she climbs across bones dangling from vines in the air, the girl and a teen boy drop a bone on the head of the monster, it jumps up and grabs the two pulling them down as others throw rocks at it, a stick pokes it in the eye (it screeches), a large rock falls on it, and it grabs the teen girl by the foot and dangles over a ledge until it loses its grip and falls out of sight.
 Three women, a teen girl and a young girl ride a saber-toothed tiger through an area infested with “Land sharks” and they fight with them kicking and head-butting them. A family riding a saber-toothed tiger is chased by “kangadillos” through a canyon with lava streams flowing through it; they fight with the creatures using head-butts and kicks, a teen boy is grabbed and taken away and a teen girl holds onto his foot, they fall and swing from a vine, they are snapped into “man eating” plants and pop back out unharmed, they fall into water where they are electrocuted by an eel and they are thrown out of the water and on shore.
 A line of footprints of tar leads to a young boy alone after his parents are shown stuck in a tar pit; they tell the boy to go and “follow the light to tomorrow” (it is understood that the adults die).
 Two men fight shoving each other and one pulls a handful of chest hair off the other’s chest. A man grabs a banana from a tree and chickens tied at the feet are pulled into the air and squawk an alarm as family members are caught in a trap that pulls them into a tree in a net; a man and woman disguised by reed shields in the shape of warriors approach them holding spears. Family members arm themselves with sticks and stones and form a “kill circle” when they hear a noise outside their camp; a woman calls out, “It’s a good time to die,” and one person throws a rock at a man as he approaches them from the brush, not realizing he’s part of their group (he falls but is OK). A teen girl sneaks into a camp where a teen boy is hiding in a disguise; he startles her and she drops a rock on his foot (he screams). A woman head-butts a mirror when she sees her reflection (there are no injuries). A woman breaks a mirror with a stick when she sees her reflection. A teen girl hides in a “panic cubie” in a tree and she gasps for air when her mother lets her out, explaining that there are no air holes. A teen boy discovers several “modern” tools and methods created by a family, like dumping garbage outside their walls, harvesting eggs from chickens, flushing a toilet, etc. A boy throws a stick and it accidentally sticks in a chicken’s eye causing it to screech. A man imagines throwing a stick in a man’s eye and the man screams. A teen girl climbs up a tall tree to reach a teen boy.
 A man says, “We are going to be sacrificed to the monster.” A man accuses another man of stealing water from monkeys. A reference is made to having, “Kicked death in the crotch.” Animals are described as, “crotch-kick monkeys” and “brain squeezers.” People communicate with a particular type of monkey (“punch monkey”) and they incorporate face slaps and punches into their speech. A man makes a spear from a stick and monkeys watch and then mimic his actions creating their own spears; a man makes fire and monkeys mimic him creating their own fire. A teen boy is held with a vine wrapped around his neck like a collar and leash by a monkey.
 Two teen girls ride on the back of a saber-toothed tiger as it climbs a wall and jumps over things; they fly through insects and one girl is slammed in the face by one (we see her bruised cheek), they crash into a honey pod and we see one girl with a bee stuck through her hand and her hand blows up like a balloon. A teen girl hits her younger brother for teasing her that she is “in love” with a teen boy. A teen girl seems sad when she feels rejected by her boyfriend. A dog jumps over a wall when it is excited to see its human companion and we hear a splat when it hits the ground (it is OK).
 A teen girl kicks and punches trees to splinter them into firewood; she throws a rock toward her mother who catches it. A young girl runs around on all fours snarling like an animal throughout the movie; we see that her hair is tied up using a millipede. A mammoth flips on its back to sleep. A man cries and falls to his knees as his teen daughter leaves with her teen boyfriend and they walk across a rope bridge to another shelter in the same compound.
 A husband and his wife become upset about the way another couple is treating them and the man growls and sprouts a thick brow. A man yells at a teen boy for calling him “dad.” A man and a teen boy argue in a couple of scenes. A man yells and panics about another man and his wife having eaten all their bananas.
 A man finds a lush area behind a wall and a family member describes it as “the end of the world.” A man tells another man that he should never eat the bananas growing in their trees and the other man is disappointed. A wife tells her husband, “You have to be nice,” and “No hitting.” A boy looks through a window as if it is a television or a screen, and when he finds a wooden frame, he treats it as if it is a tablet. A reference is made to a day being good if someone hasn’t died before breakfast. A man yells at another man when he is insistent for him to talk to him, “What’s your problem,” and the second man eventually tells him, “I don’t like you at all.” A woman describes being in a “warrior tribe of women.”
 A teen girl smells another teen girl and they talk about the scars one of the girls has; the girl shows her foot where she wears a peanut shell over a missing pinky toe. A teen girl burps loudly in a few scenes. A boy’s stomach gurgles like an alarm sounding in the morning. A teen boy talks about not sleeping in a pile of other people and says, “You only smell the feet you want to smell.” Family members enter an area filled with fresh food and stuff themselves while laughing maniacally and slobbering food on their faces. A teen boy and a teen girl “accessorize” using small sloths (like belts and scarves). A woman burps at a meal. A teen girl drinks from a jug and burps. A man bites on the rib bones of an animal carcass in a cave. A bat screeches and flies through the air before perching on a woman’s head as a wig.

The Croods: A New Age LANGUAGE 2

 – What sounds like “what the fff,” 1 obscenity that is mouthed an indecipherable, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (gross, useless, better dad, better mom, idiot, cave people, savages, bro, cave girl, simple cave people, liar, dumb, stupid, crazy, disgusting, peanut toe, large hand monster, impertinent apes, twits, queen of the wimins, profoundly foolish fathers, passive aggressive little baby, bone-head, smarty-pants, grubby), exclamations (just chill, relax, enough, come on man, you come on man, calm down, oo-la-la, it’s over, are you kidding me, what the heck is that, get your heads in the game, oh my gosh, oh my goodness). | profanity glossary |

The Croods: A New Age SUBSTANCE USE

 – A teen girl acts under the influence after an allergic reaction to a bee sting.


 – Evolution, greed, nature’s balance, privacy, individuality, change, family, fate, regret, mistakes, happiness, being different, the “modern world.”

The Croods: A New Age MESSAGE

 – It really does help to have a pack especially in times of danger.


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