FILM: THE CROODS (3-D)
‘The Croods’ is a 3D comedy adventure that follows the world’s first modern family through the journey of a lifetime.
The Crood family dynamics, though unfolding a few million years ago, feel like they could come from your own household. Like most fathers, family patriarch Grug (Nicolas Cage) is fiercely protective of his wife and three kids. His hyper-vigilance has kept his cave-bound family safe, secure and….super- bored.
Grug’s strong and dutiful better half, Ugga (Catherine Keener), accepts her husband’s “fear is good; change is bad” mentality, as does their son Thunk (Clark Duke), who’s content with the static status quo. Feisty mother-in-law Gran (Cloris Leachman) never tires of needling (or sometimes assaulting) Grug; and stone-tough toddler Sandy might be the fiercest Crood yet.
But leave it to a rebellious teenager (is there any other kind?) to stand up to parental authority. Grug’s sole focus is survival, but Eep (Emma Stone) wants to actually live, and her curiosity about the world outside their cave collides with her dad’s primitive rules. (Ever the defiant outsider, Eep gets her own ledge to sleep on while the rest of the Croods pile on top of one another for some family shut-eye.)
A cataclysmic event forces the Croods to venture into parts unknown and rethink their way of living. En route, they encounter Guy (Ryan Reynolds), whose dazzling new discoveries – like fire…and shoes – shake up the Croods in unexpected ways. Most of the family (especially Eep) is open to Guy’s vision of a new place called “tomorrow,” but Grug sees the biggest calamity yet: a charming teenage boy from which he must “protect” Eep.
The Croods soon realize that if they don’t evolve…they’re history.
CAST: NICOLAS CAGE, EMMA STONE, RYAN REYNOLDS, CATHERINE KEENER, CLORIS LEACHMAN, CLARK DUKE
DIRECTOR: CHRIS SANDERS
She may be a tough-as-nails, street-smart private investigator, but when total tomboy Molly (Miley Cyrus) is drafted by the FBI to go undercover within a college sorority, she finds that she’s way out of her class among a sisterhood of snooty, high maintenance, materialistic college girls.
However, Molly accepts the pledge to protect one of the society debs, who holds key information which will be used at a trial where her father is about to turn State’s evidence and testify against the mob.
Despite being the opposite of her new “sisters,” Molly has to suck it up and bond with obnoxious upper crust trust fund babies if she’s going to succeed in her top-secret mission.
In the film Miley’s tough character Molly has been raised by her single father and hasn’t grown up with other girls, so she’s thrust into a completely foreign and feminine world.
As everyone knows, Cyrus has vast experience transforming herself from one persona to another all within the same story. “On my TV show, I went from Miley, a nice normal girl, to Hannah Montana who was a superstar,” the actress says. “I really like playing characters who contradict each other.
So this was an especially fun role for me. I think Molly is more like me than my undercover character Brook. But it was fun to bring in the feminine qualities that I definitely have too.”
CAST: MILEY CYRUS, JEREMY PIVEN, AUTUMN REESER, MIKE O’MALLEY, JOSHUA BOWMAN, ALEXIS KNAPP, KELLY OSBOURNE, LAUREN MCKNIGHT, ELOISE MUMFORD
DIRECTOR: TOM VAUGHAN