Emma Stone is the voice of Eep, the teenage rebel in a prehistoric family forced to travel in 'The Croods.' (DreamWorks Animation)
New and notable on DVD this week:
“This Is the End” (Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence; Sony, $30)
Jay Baruchel is visiting his longtime friend Seth Rogen in Hollywood when they go to a raucous party at James Franco’s house.
Then something really awkward happens: the Apocalypse. Which leaves the three plus Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and the supremely obnoxious Danny McBride stranded at Franco’s house as the world burns. Add to this edgy-funny ensemble some nice turns by Michael Cera (that scum) and Emma Watson and you have a long series of crazed skits about destination, ego and even spirituality that add up to much thoroughly inappropriate fun. GRADE: B+
“The Croods” (Rated PG for some scary action; Dreamworks, $20.08)
With hardly anyone noticing, this animated story of a caveman family earned $187 million at the domestic box office. And the family friendly film earned every nickel of it, combining just enough shenanigans for the kids with recognizable parental dilemmas and botches for adults, all revolving around a story that preached openness and reason. Dad Nicolas Cage leads his paranoid brood out into the big bad world, and eyes and hearts are opened. GRADE: B