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The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-ween

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Silly holiday story sends positive message about kindness.

Movie NR 2019 45 minutes
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Just because you don't like something, doesn't mean you have to ruin it for everyone else. And if someone is on the outside looking in, invite them in to participate and maybe they will find they like it too.

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With a premise like that of the Captain Underpants saga, it's not surprising the utterly absurd detours this story takes on its way to the characters' happy holiday. The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-ween is a lot like kids' frenzied energy levels on Halloween night, scurrying in all different directions at one time and causing a major sensory overload with the visual and auditory chaos. Of course, that's one of the things young fans love about the goofy characters and stories in the first place, even if parents don't quite get the same thrills from it.

On the upside, The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-ween works in a meaningful message about inclusion and kindness that's an unexpected treat at the story's end. As George and Harold discover the root cause of Melvin's grudge against Halloween, they use the knowledge to make a positive change, not because it will set right the holiday woes but because it's the right thing to do. This at least is a welcome factor in an otherwise silly and over-the-top story.

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