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We are telling our friends this is definitely a movie worth seeing in the theater!

Caveat Spectator: Parents' Summary

Mr. Peabody and Sherman is sweet, funny, and enjoyable. There are only a few things that parents might want to be aware of before seeing this movie.

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It's noted in the movie that Tut rhymes with "butt." Jokes are made about the "booby" traps in Egypt. Penny is quite disrespectful and mean, but these are clearly not admirable qualities about her. There are a couple poop lines and heart underwear is seen in one scene. There were a couple jokes specifically for adults. For example, when Sherman returns to his own timeline, there are two Shermans at the same time. If the two Shermans from the two different times touch, it's a metaphysical problem. Mr. Peabody shouts to stop Sherman "before he touches himself." At this statement Ms. Grunion scribbles notes, obviously offended, into her notebook. In one of the last scenes Bill Clinton pops up and says that he's "done worse."

There is some violent content, such as off-screen beheadings during the French Revolution. A description with pictures shows how Penny will be disinterred and mummified. Her hand is nearly stabbed with a knife in her almost-wedding to King Tut. Other slapstick violence shows up through the movie; one character repeatedly tases himself (as in, with a Taser gun).

No doubt, some will suspect an alternate agenda with the adoption plot in this film. The question of Mr. Peabody's fitness as a parent is resolved by arguing for his parental love, which trumps all other factors, such as the fact that he is a dog. Some will surely be tempted to read agendas into plot lines such as these. None of our children really noticed the "dog adopts human boy" story as worth highlighting, despite the fact that some of our children were adopted. This to say, the story uses Sherman's adoption as plot device more than a political point, and it certainly did not distract us as viewers. Overall, we found the movie to be funny, clever and one that the whole family can enjoy.

Benjamin (12), Claudia (11), Olivia (10), and Luisa (7) Johnson live in New Jersey with their parents, Dru and Stephanie.

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