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9 Book-Based Movies Like Captain Underpants

2017

Starring: Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms

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*** Captain Underpants: The Epic Movie is incredibly hilarious and filled with family friendly action. Since this movie is based on a book we loved as a child, we’ve decided to create a list of book-based movies. Each movie on this list is paired with a category on our site. Enjoy!

If you grew up in the 90’s you might remember the Captain Underpants books. If you don’t know who Captain Underpants is, that’s not a problem, you can watch him in action with Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. This movie is about two fourth graders called George Beard and Harold Hutchins. The boys live in Piqua, Ohio and together, they have created an epic comic book series called the Adventures of Captain Underpants.

The underwear wearing superhero is based on their school principal called Mr. Krupp. Mr. Krupp became a superhero one day when he was trying to discipline George and Henry. The boys thought he was too mean so they decided to hypnotize him, this is where the story of Captain Underpants begins. Mr. Krupp started by acting foolishly in his underwear, but when he accidentally drinks alien juice, he gains super powers.

Captain Underpants is energetic, dimwitted, and accident prone, but he always manages to save the day. The two young pranksters have dreamed up a story people of all ages will love and Dreamworks has brought it to life perfectly. You’ll never look at tighty-whities the same way again once you’ve seen this epic movie. If you loved watching a favorite book come to life on the big screen, you might also love these other movies like Captain Underpants below. Each one is based on a popular book.

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Action: Descendants

2015

Starring: Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart

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Like the Captain Underpants film, the Disney Descendants movie is also based on famous fairy tale characters. This movie is about the younger generation of good and evil. Belle’s son Ben, Cruella’s son Carlos, The Evil Queen’s daughter Evie, and Maleficent’s daughter Mal are just a few of the Descendants we find in this amazing movie based on the books and known stories. The Descendants movie is about a special prep school found in the Kingdom of Auradon. This prep school that once catered to “good” is now opening its doors to those that have been banished to the remote Island of the Lost for being “evil”. Action, romance, magic, and more awaits. True to the other Disney movies, this film also has a lot of song and dance. Has the Kingdom of Auradon made a good decision or was their choice doomed from the start? Watch Descendants to find out.

If you loved the first movie, you’ll love the sequel to the first called Descendants 2.

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Comedy: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

2010

Starring: Rachael Harris, Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn

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If you’ve read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series you’ll know that the movies aren’t a diary anymore. The stories have now come to life on the big screen. This addition to our list of movies like Captain Underpants tells the story of a young boy called Greg. Greg is in middle school and hates it. The hallways are a danger zone loaded with bullies, swirlies, wedgies, and morons. The cafeteria is a place to find nuclear cooties and recognition in the classrooms is hard to get. All of this is nothing compared to Greg’s older brother Rowley. Rowley is horrible. He’s cool, he’s talented, he gets all the luck, and he’s always picking on Greg. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid full movie is based on the 27 wimpy kid books. With 3 movies so far, expect more to come. This movie series is comedy entertainment for the entire family, with added insight on what it feels like to be a kid.

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Horror: IT

2017

Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard

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1990

Starring: Tim Curry, Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher

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The Stephen King It film must be included on our list of Captain Underpants alternatives. This movie features the infamous Pennywise clown. This clown is the epitome of evil. Our review is on the new clown movie. This horror movie is set in Derry, Maine. The children like to play in the outskirts of town and have come across a curious looking home that houses the evil clown. It the clown is a shape shifter and his loves to terrorize children with their personal demons. When the children start to go missing, the people in Derry must find a way to save them before they are lost forever. It the movie will chill you to the bone and make you want to start using a nightlight again, we guarantee.

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Drama: The Help

2011

Starring: Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain

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Like the Captain Underpants movie, The Help is also based on a famous book. This drama story revolves around Africain Americain maids living in the 1960’s. The film The Help features a point of view of the white families for whom they work. This movie shows us the hardships that Africain Americain’s had to deal with during the civil rights movements, on a daily basis. The Help characters bring the injustice to life in The Help movie. This is a beautiful and realistic film that will touch your heart and angry you too. Travel back in time and see just how had it was to be black, only a few years ago.

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Romance: Me Before You

2016

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer

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This addition to our list of movies like Captain Underpants is called Me Before You. Me Before You is based on the romance book of the same name. This movie is about a girl called Lou Clark. Lou knows a lot. She knows that she loves her job, she knows how many footsteps it takes to get home, and she knows that she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. When fate comes knocking and Lou meets a man called Will, she doesn’t know that this is destiny in the making. Will is recently paralyzed because of an awful motorcycle accident, and it’s Lou’s job to take care of him. Together, the duo will learn from each other and change each other forever. The movie Me Before You is touching and adorable and will remind you to live life to the fullest if you wait, it could be too late.

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Science Fiction: Alice In Wonderland

2010

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a story that was put to paper by the famous Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who used the pseudonym Lewis Carroll in 1865. This story was later shortened to Alice in Wonderland. The Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton movie featured above is about 19 year old Alice who tries to restore The White Queen to her throne. This quest will not be easy because a dangerous Jabberwock, The Red Queen, and her minions, are getting in the way. Along the way, Alice meets a strange and eccentric fellow who calls himself The Mad Hatter, she also comes across more allies that do what they can to help Alice and bring back the rule of The White Queen. The Johnny Depp Alice in Wonderland movie is pure science fiction set in a world of imagination.

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Thriller: The Bourne Identity

2002

Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper

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The Bourne Identity movies are based on the novels of the same name. This action thriller stars a man that suffers from extreme memory loss. He remembers skills he has learned in the past but not who he is. Jason Bourne is on a mission to discover his true identity while running from the men who are hunting him. Some of the clues Jason Bourne has discovered are a Swiss bank account and a number implanted on his hip. The Bourne Identity film starts with Jason Bourne as he takes off with the love of his life Marie, in search of who he once was. Watch all the movies from start to finish to completely understand the mystery that is Jason Bourne. This book based movie is exciting, suspenseful, and one of the best spy films ever made, for these reasons, we must add it to our list of films like Captain Underpants.

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Animated: The Lorax

2012

Starring: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron

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The Lorax is another one of the best additions to our list of movies like Captain Underpants. This animated movie is based on the works of Dr. Seuss. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is about a walled city called Thneed-Ville. Here, everything is fake, even the plants and the air. When a boy named Ted tries to win over the heart of a girl he loves, he sets out on a quest to find a real tree for her to see. It doesn’t take long for Ted to meet a ruined old businessman on the outskirts of town. This man tells Ted the story of the town, of what it was like before everything became fake. Ted is horrified and he makes a decision to make things right. This animation is one of Dr. Seuss’s darker tales and The Lorax movie knocks it out of the park. Expect serious sentiment, entertaining events, and environmental messages with this addition to our list of movies similar to Captain Underpants.

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Crime: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

2011

Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer

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If you’ve read the Dragon tattoo trilogy, you already know that this series is riddled with crime, mystery, and drama. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie is just as exciting. This last addition to our list of movies like Captain Underpants: The Epic Movie is about a disgraced journalist called Mikael Blomkvist. Mikael is investigating a wealthy patron’s niece that has disappeared 40 years ago. During his investigation, he meets a woman that is far from ordinary called Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth is pierced, tattooed, punk, and a computer hacker, she is also a lot of help with Mikael’s investigation.  What the duo finds isn’t what they expected and they now find themselves in a world of danger. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo book is a classic and the movie is too. Read one and watch the other, you won’t be disappointed.

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