The Croods: A New Age - 2020
Age-appropriateness: The Croods are, clearly, modeled after (according to evolutionary theory) transitional ape-like men; lots of slapstick violence, some adult humor
Overview: A prehistoric family (the Croods) are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved. The families have competing philosophies: always sticking together as a pack or promoting privacy and individuality.
Themes: family, growing up, adolescence, marriage, jealous, individuality, change, creativity, inventions, conflict resolution, screen time, protection
The Quick 3
Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.
1. Family. Did you know that you can have a personal relationship with the God that created the world? Did you know that when you believe in Jesus, you enter into the family of God?
Guy realizes that his dream, his “tomorrow”, isn’t a place but it’s a person. He says it’s Eep. The most important thing in our lives isn’t a place and it’s not a thing - it’s also a person. And that person is Jesus. He is our “tomorrow”. John 1:12 says, "But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God."
2. Change. Have you ever gone through a change that was really difficult, but necessary?
When they found the new world, Grug and Eep really struggled with the change. Even though it was a better and safer way to live, the way they did things had to change. And change is hard.
3. Individuality. Do you agree with Phil when he says that a family should promote privacy and individuality?
Grug is constantly reminding his family that “the pack stays together”. He says that the pack is stronger together. One the other hand, the Bettermans give each person in the family their own room. Phil says that “privacy promotes individuality.”
After The Movie Discussion Guide
Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.
1. Parent self-evaluation: How might you be doing the same? Can you identify any area of your child’s life where you may be over-protecting him/her? Phil and Hope Betterman did everything they could to keep their daughter safe. They rarely let her leave home and wouldn’t allow her to get any scars. They even had a “panic room” for her to shelter herself in if she ever got scared.
Read this article: 10 Warning Signs That You Might Be a Helicopter Parent (And How to Stop)
2. Were the cavemen real? Did they actually exist? The Croods are, clearly, modeled after (according to evolutionary theory) transitional ape-like men. Answers in Genesis provides more details and information.
4. How would sticking together as a pack make you stronger Grug is constantly reminding his family that “the pack stays together”. He says that the pack is stronger together.
4. Do you agree with Phil? Should a family promote privacy and individuality? The Bettermans give each person in the family their own room. Phil says that “privacy promotes individuality.”
5. Have you ever felt like you were in love with anyone? Eep is in love with Guy. She can't stop thinking about him and he can't wait to spend time with her.
For more information on parenting teenagers, check out this article on navigating adolescence.
6. How might you be able to use your creativity to improve your quality of life?The Bettermans found a better way to live. They created beautiful homes with elevators and tons of food. They made a lot of inventions and used a lot of creativity to improve their lives.
7. Have you ever gone through a change that was really difficult, but necessary?When they found the new world, Grug and Eep really struggled with the change. Even though it was a better and safer way to live, the way they did things had to change. And change is hard.
8. How might this endless addiction to his screen be bad for Thunk? Thunk was addicted to watching the “window”, which was basically a screen of endless entertainment for him.
Here's an article that provides more tips on how to navigate technology and screen time with your kids.
Minute By Minute Guide
Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.
:01 Guy’s parents told him to always follow the light In John 8:12, "Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, 'I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.'” If Jesus is the light of the world, what does it mean to follow him?
:10 Guy asks Eep to “spend her tomorrow” with him. He’s asking her to marry him. Ephesians 5:31-32 says, "As the Scriptures say, 'A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.' This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one." Marriage is meant to point to the relationship Jesus has with the church, which is the group of people that follow him. What questions do you have about marriage and what marriage represents?
:23 When the Croods sleep in their own rooms for the first time, Eep and Grug miss being with their family. Have you ever felt lonely? When was the last time you really missed your family?
:30 Dawn is bummed that her parents built a wall to keep her safe. She doesn’t have too many adventures and doesn’t do anything risky. She says her parents won’t let her get any scars. How often do you take risks? Do you have any scars that tell a story of a time you did something that required bravery?
:39 Phil tricks Grug into thinking that Guy staying with the Bettermans was Grug’s idea. Phil was tricky and he was pretending in order to get Grug to do what he wanted. Has anyone ever tried to trick you into doing something that they wanted you to do?
Check out this article on teaching your kids about "tricky people"
:47 Guy and Eep break up. They decide they “have two different tomorrows”. The Bettermans and the Croods get into a big fight. Conflict is inevitable with the people we love. Eventually, we disagree on things. There is always a healthy way to resolve conflict, and God's Word has a lot to say about it. James 1:19 tells us: "Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry." The next time you are in a fight with someone, how might you remember to be quick to listen and slow to speak?
1:03 Dawn recognizes that the Wolf Spiders were just protecting their baby. She acknowledges that parents of humans do the same thing. Parents have rules for the protection of their kids. They may seem rude sometimes, but parents are ultimately acting out of love to help their kids thrive. Do you have any rules in your house that you don’t like? Have you ever considered that your parents are truly trying to protect you?
1:07 Eep says that, typically, when she gets hurt, she can see a scar from what happened. But when she learns Guy wants to live with the Bettermans, she says she hurts on the inside - where she cannot see it. And she says the hurts on the inside feel way worse than the scars on the outside did. Have you ever been hurt like this...hurt on the inside?
1:16 Phil mentions that Guy’s parents wanted him to be happy. That’s all they ever wanted for him. True happiness is with Jesus. Psalm 144:15 says, "Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord." Have you ever experienced the happiness and joy that comes from being in a relationship with Jesus? How might that be different than any other kind of happiness?
1:22 Guy realizes that his dream, his “tomorrow”, isn’t a place but it’s a person. He says it’s Eep. The most important thing in our lives isn’t a place and it’s not a thing - it’s also a person. And that person is Jesus. He is our “tomorrow”. John 1:12 says, "But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God." Did you know that you can have a personal relationship with the God that created the world? Did you know that when you believe in Jesus, you enter into the family of God?