Early Man

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This enjoyably silly, generally family-friendly animated comedy pits a teenage caveman (voiced by Eddie Redmayne) and his tribe against a tyrant (voice of Tom Hiddleston) who wants to turn their home valley into a mine. Accidentally finding himself in the Bronze Age city the despot rules, the young troglodyte gets him to agree that a soccer match should determine the outcome. In preparing for the game, the good guys are helped by a talented female player (voice of Maise Williams) who's been barred from taking the field because of her gender. Directed by Nick Park and written by Mark Burton and James Higginson, the film celebrates kindness, family and teamwork. It also sends the message that greed will get you nowhere.

 

Watch out for: Brief animated rear nudity, one crass term, some suggestive humor.

 

Rated: A-II, adults and adolescents; MPAA: PG

 

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