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Penny and Sherman test out Leonardo DaVinci's flying machine in “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.”

Family Watch: ‘Mr. Peabody’ is fun for everybody

Published: Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 - 4:00 pm

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.

Drugs: None.

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.

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