Not recommended under 5, PG 5-10 (violence; Scary scenes)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children 5 to 10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children 10 and over||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Mr Peabody and Sherman|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Mr Peabody and Sherman is an animated comedy about Mr Peabody (voice of Ty Burrell), a dog who has dedicated himself to the pursuit of knowledge and a variety of advanced scientific inventions, including the creation of a time machine. Mr Peabody has adopted a boy named Sherman (Max Charles) as a son and apprentice. Together, they travel through time visiting an array of famous historical figures and getting into considerable trouble along the way.
At school, Sherman gets into an argument with a girl called Penny (Ariel Winter). Penny bullies Sherman about his father being a dog and Sherman apparently bites Penny on the arm. As a consequence Mr. Peabody’s fitness to be a father to come under scrutiny by Ms. Grunion (Allison Janney) from Social Services, who has a particular problem with the idea of a dog being the father of a boy.
While Mr Peabody is trying to sort matters out with Ms Grunion and Penny’s parents, Penny and Sherman are left to their own devices and she persuades him to take her time travelling. However, things take a turn for the worse during a stay in Ancient Egypt when Penny is captured and almost married off to King Tutankhamun. Although Sherman manages to save her, the excessive use of the time machine tears a hole in the space-time continuum. People from every era are torn from their homes and begin bleeding through the gap.
Mr Peabody and Sherman now have to work together to save the world from imminent demise. At the same time, the dangerous journey enables Mr Peabody to learn how to be a good parent, and helps Sherman discover what it means to be a good son.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Time travel; friendship and romance; parent/child relationships; discrimination
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in the film, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Younger children in this age group may also be scared by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Nothing of concern for this age group
None of concern
There are limited sexual references in the film, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains occasional low–level use of coarse language, name calling and toilet humour. Examples include:
Mr Peabody and Sherman is a heart-warming story about a dog trying to be a parent, and a young boy trying to grow up. Although Sherman had always followed the rules his adoptive father had set in place for him, he begins to want to be independent and explore the world on his own. While he initially rebels, Sherman and his father come to find a peaceful middle-ground of respect and admiration for each other’s own personal identity. While Mr Peabody has had trouble expressing emotion throughout the course of his life, he learns that it is ok to tell his son that he loves him, and to show affection in the way he has always wanted to be able to.
Children under eight may be scared by some scenes and parents may be concerned by the amount of violence shown. The film is therefore not recommended for children under five and parental guidance is recommended for the five to ten age group.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss the negative and limited roles the film gives to female characters. Penny is for the most part presented as a selfish, manipulating, and un-likeable bully.
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