This guide, compiled by Orlando Sentinel film critic Roger Moore, is published here every Friday. It should be used with the MPAA rating system for selecting movies suitable for children. Films rated G, PG or PG-13 are included, along with R-rated films that may have entertainment or educational value for older children with parental guidance.


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.


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.