Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Rating: PG for some mild action and brief rude humor
What it’s about: A famous dog-scientist teaches his boy about history with a time machine.
The kid attractor factor: Talking dog, time machine – any questions?
Good lessons / bad lessons: “If you don’t like a person, it’s because they remind you of something you don’t like about yourself.”
Violence: Slapstick, swordplay.
Language: “You said ‘booby.’ ”
Sex: See above.
Drugs: Adult beverages are enjoyed by adults.
Parents’ advisory: Like the TV cartoon it is based on, this is a pun-happy history lesson suitable for all ages.
300: Rise of an Empire
Rating: R for strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language
What it’s about: More Greeks battle more Persians, this time at sea, in the sequel to “300.”
The kid attractor factor: Blood and guts, and ships bearing Greeks.
Good lessons / bad lessons: “Negotiate with tyranny. Give me one example of when that has ever profited a nation.”
Violence: Gory and almost constant.
Language: A touch of profanity.
Sex: As violent as the sword fights.
Parents’ advisory: If they’ve seen “300,” there’s nothing new that they'll be exposed to here. Very violent, but OK for 13-and-up.