“Early Man” (Lionsgate)

Hognob, voiced by Nick Park, and Dug, voiced by Eddie Redmayne, appear in the animated movie "Early Man." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service

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.┬áIn preparing for the game, the good guys are helped by a talented female player (voice of Maisie 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.

Brief animated rear nudity, one crass term, some suggestive humor. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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