Mr Peabody & Sherman - Parent Movie Review by Southern Outdoor Cinema

Mr. Peabody & Sherman – Parent Movie Review by Southern Outdoor Cinema
MPAA RATING: PG
GENRE: Animated / Children

Mr. Peabody and Sherman are quite the unlikely pair. Mr. Peabody is just your above average dog and Sherman is his adopted son. Nothing special, right? Wrong! It seems as though the fact that a dog is caring for a little boy isn’t all that is unusual about this situation. Even more unusual is the fact that Mr. Peabody, and his son Sherman, have spent their fair share of time traveling back and forth in time with the help of a handy little machine that they call the Wayback machine.

Sherman debates whether or not George Washington’s little experience with the cherry tree was fact or fiction while in class one day and it wasn’t simply because he had read up on the subject. It was more because of the fact that he has spent quite a bit of quality time with George personally. In fact, Sherman turns out to be quite the history buff thanks to his handy little Wayback machine.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman - Parent Movie Review by Southern Outdoor Cinema

The only problem is that his history debate with little Penny leads to a curiosity that ends up biting Sherman right in the behind, but only after he bites Penny first. You see, Penny decides to question Sherman after their little debate, and shares a few thoughts with him concerning whether, or not, he might be a dog just like his dad. That single moment ends up being the beginning of an adventure that brings Sherman and Penny much closer than Sherman would have ever imagined.

After Sherman bites Penny, he and dad get an unexpected visit from Ms. Grunion, a representative of Social Services. Her biggest problem with the relationship between Mr. Peabody and Sherman is the fact that a dog is caring for a little boy. That is when Peabody comes up with the idea of throwing a nice little dinner party in hopes that it will get Ms. Grunion off of his tail. He decides to invite Penny and her parents to the party as well.

The dinner party starts out very well, and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves, right up until the moment that Penny begins asking Sherman to elaborate on his thoughts concerning George Washington. She manages to get Sherman so flustered with the question that he slips up and mentions the Wayback machine. If that weren’t bad enough, Penny decides that she won’t let up until she gets to try the machine out for herself.

One thing leads to another and Penny winds up being stuck, alone, in ancient Egypt. While Mr. Peabody and Sherman have initial thoughts of leaving Penny to figure out how to get back on her own, they realize all too quickly that Penny’s mom and dad might have a problem with leaving, after the party has ended, without their daughter. So Mr. Peabody does what dads do best and protects his son by saving his new little friend before everyone has finished dessert.

Positive Elements

Sherman seems to be quite the average 7 year old boy. All he wants is to make a few new friends, and spend as much time as he can away from his dad as possible. Mr. Peabody eventually comes to the realization that Sherman can handle much more than he imagined but only after Sherman comes to realize that he needs his dad more than he could have ever imagined. It is a mutual understanding that brings the father/son duo closer as the movie progresses.

There is a pretty steady theme going on throughout the movie and it is one of a father’s undying love for his son. There isn’t a thing that Mr. Peabody wouldn’t do for Sherman and he spends the majority of the movie proving that to be very true. He eventually shows a little frustration over Sherman’s irresponsibility but Sherman figures out that for the most part, dad really does have his well being in mind.

Another positive area is in the friendship that develops between Penny and Sherman. It may, or may not, have something to do with the fact that Sherman saves Penny’s life more than once during the movie. The bottom line is that the two might not have hated each other when the movie first began but the definitely liked each other quite a bit by the time the movie ended.

Sexual Elements

When present Sherman and future Sherman get very close to bumping into each other, Mr. Peabody must come to the rescue as always. He tells present Sherman that he must get him out of there before he ‘touches’ himself. He warns Sherman to be careful not to get caught up in any booby traps at which Sherman responds, “You said booby”! Mr. Peabody has an accident in which his head ends up going through a painting of a woman, right in the area of her very definitive cleavage.

When Penny gets stuck in ancient Egypt, she nearly ends up married to a very young King Tut. She is rescued, by Sherman, just in the nick of time. A Greek soldier kisses a woman after carrying her into the past.

Violent Elements

There is a good amount of smacks, slaps and shoves throughout the movie. Even worse is the extreme violence that Mr. Peabody, Sherman and Penny witness at different points in historical time. This is probably due to the fact that the aforementioned points in historical time include Greece during the battle with the Trojans, Paris during the French Revolution and Egypt when trying to escape from King Tut and his army.

Drug and Alcohol Elements

Mr. Peabody comes up with an apparent alcoholic concoction during the dinner party. He calls it an “Einstein on the Beach” which is coincidentally very close to the alcoholic beverage “Sex on the Beach”

Conclusion

It simply wouldn’t be right if we didn’t mention the fact that the Wayback machine wasn’t the only thing about Mr. Peabody & Sherman that had anything to do with history. While the youngsters will more than likely be clueless concerning The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show, mom and dad will know exactly where this movie originated. It kept much of the original thematic tone in tact while making it enjoyable for both young and old.

With that being said, the theme of family and friendship steadily grew as the movie progressed. The relationship between Mr. Peabody & Sherman is one that many will be able to relate to today. It shows the unconditional love of a father for his son, and the constantly growing love of a son for his loving, caring step father. It shows us just how important the relationship between father and child can be in the development of a child.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman isn’t likely to go down in the history books as a “Classic Movie” to watch over and over again. However, it carries with it a pleasantly positive message that any family could benefit from. Even with the violent content, it is a movie that could be enjoyed by the entire family.

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Paul is founder of Southern Outdoor Cinema, an outdoor cinema event production company based in Atlanta and a dad to 2 pre-teen girls. When he is is not traveling to create outdoor movie nights for communities, he is spending time playing board games, reading books and of course watching movies with his girls.

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St. Patrick’s Day: 5 Movies That Celebrates Being Irish

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Mar 17, 2014 Under Movie Articles

St. Patrick's Day: 5 Movies that Celebrate being Irish

Saint Patrick’s Day is a holiday celebrated on March 17 that is both religious and cultural by nature. It is also known as the “Feast of Saint Patrick” and was named after the actual Saint Patrick who lived from 385-461 AD. Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations typically involve festivals, parades, and the wearing of something green. There are a number of great movies that help to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and here are just a few of them:

Luck of the Irish

“Luck of the Irish” is a movie about an American teenage boy whose mother just so happen to be a leprechaun. The only problem is that he doesn’t have a clue about his extremely unusual heritage. There doesn’t seem to be anything different about Kyle Johnson (Ryan Merriman). He is just another teenage boy who is crazy about girls, fantastic at basketball, and a genius at his school work. Then one day Kyle finds out that all of his talents may just be a whole lot of luck…Irish luck that is. And what’s worse is that Kyle soon notices that he is beginning to look like a leprechaun himself. “Luck of the Irish” is the perfect movie to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.

The Last Leprechaun

After being sent off to Ireland to live with their father’s fiancé, Ethel and Tommy Barrick have their eyes opened up to a reality that they would never have expected. Between their new stepmother and a very scary butler, the pair have no idea who is worse but what they do know is that the evil scheme that the two are planning against their father must be stopped. It is only with the help of the housekeeper that the children are able to defeat the evil pair and begin picking up the pieces to their lives once again.

In America

In this very loosely written autobiographical script, writer/director Jim Sheridan turns things around and brings the big screen much closer to home than ever before. “In American” is a film depicting his very own life experience while immigrating to America. It focuses on Johnny, his wife Sarah, and their daughters Christy and Ariel as they sneak across the Canadian border with plans to begin a new life together in New York City. But Johnny’s plans to continue his acting career in America go completely wrong, and the family finds out very quickly that America isn’t quite the land of opportunity that they first thought it was. It will take much more work than first anticipated but Johnny and Sarah decide that their family is worth every bit of it, and do what it takes to put their life back together again.

The Guard

When two cops from different worlds are tasked with the job of going toe to toe with a big-time international drug smuggling gang, they learn all too quickly that the only way to win this war is to put their differences aside and work together. Sergeant Gerry Boyle and FBI agent Wendell Everett join forces after a fellow officer goes missing, and Boyle’s quaint little town turns into what could very well be the key to the largest drug trafficking investigation ever. “The Guard” is a tale of police corruption, drug trafficking, murder, and blackmail all wrapped up into one thrill ride of a movie.

The Departed

“The Departed” is a tale of loyalty, betrayal, and the line between the two that at times can be so fine that you are completely unaware that you have even crossed it. Set in South Boston during a time when organized crime was still controlling the streets, the police force takes one more shot at bringing a stop to an Irish mafia that has become so powerful that they have their own inside man within the South Boston police force. Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) plays a rookie cop looking to make his way to the top of the force as quickly as he can. And Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon) is the cop and inside man whose true boss is the head of the syndicate, Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). When Costigan is given the task of infiltrating Costello’s inner circle, Sullivan is given the task of exposing the informer before things get out of control. And thus begins the race to expose one another before being exposed.

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Often the word “inflatable movie screen” is associated with a movie in the park event under the stars. Southern Outdoor Cinema has proven that an Airscreen has many more applications than outdoors.

SOC Indoor Movie Premier at TBN

The movie premier of Christian film Inspiration Pop 2929 was hosted at TBN in Nashville, TN. Producers of the film wanted a to host Red Carpet Premier within the faith based music complex of Trinity Music City. To provide a big picture Hollywood experience, SOC installed a giant inflatable movie screen indoors for the event. The use of the portable movie screen, allowed for the event coordinators to turn a music stage into a cinema house all within a day.

SOC Indoor Movie Premier at TBN Nashville

Celebrity Sightings at the indoor movie premiere included The Mandrell Sisters, Gospel Singer Jason Crabb, Actor Jackie Stewart, Country Music Artist Larry Gatlin along with the cast of Inspiration Pop 2929.

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‘The Good Lie’ is a film starring actress Reese Witherspoon. The movie is based on the true story of a Sudanese refugee who wins a lottery to come to the United States where he is taken in by a “straight-talking” American woman who helps him deal with the culture shock and the guilt he feels for leaving family behind. Ron Howard is among the producers listed on the film. ‘The Good Lie’ spent a few weeks filming in Georgia before travelling to Africa to shoot the remainder of the film.

One of the film’s Georgia locations was at the Sugarloaf Mills Mall in Lawrenceville. Actress and star Reese Witherspoon was spotted at the mall’s Athens Kouzzina restaurant where a scene was shot for the film. The owner of the restaurant said that the scene even utilized some of his employees as extras. Athens Kouzzina is a Greek restaurant located at the mall’s theater entrance #4. Some filming was done in other areas of the mall as well as in the mall’s parking lot.

‘The Good Lie’ spent about three weeks shooting in Atlanta. While the film’s star, Reese Witherspoon was in the city working on the movie back in April 2013, she created quite a bit of her own buzz. The actress and her husband were arrested after a traffic stop on Peachtree Road. Witherspoon’s husband was arrested for a DUI and Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct after getting out of the vehicle when she was asked repeatedly by the officer to stay in it. The Oscar-winning actress made matters worse by asking the officer if he knew her name and at one point claiming to be pregnant. The actress later apologized for the event and admitted that she had no idea what she was saying that night and had just panicked. Not long after her public apology, a dashboard video from the officer’s car was released which only caused more attention to be focused on the actress’s arrest, which in turn, gave the film attention as well. Despite the media buzz surrounding Witherspoon’s arrest, ‘The Good Lie’ was still in motion and filmed in several Atlanta locations. Filming locations included the Peachtree Baptist Church, a factory building in Alpharetta, downtown at Marietta Street and Howell Mill Road, and a filmmaker favorite, the Georgian Terrace Hotel.

Originally, ‘The Good Lie’ was anticipated to be released in December of last year, however the film is still in post-production. It is scheduled to be released some time in 2014, but does not have a specific date slated at this time.

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Movies Filmed in Georgia: ‘Getaway’

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Mar 6, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

‘Getaway’ is an action thriller starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight. The film was originally thought to be a remake of the 1972 Steve McQuenn film ‘The Getaway’ but it was later discovered that ‘Getaway’ is, in fact, an original story. The film follows a washed up race-car driver who finds himself pitted against the clock by a villain who has kidnapped his wife. Together with a young woman and her car, they are in a race against time. The film was released in theaters in August of 2013. ‘Getaway’ was filmed in Bulgaria for a few weeks, but the majority of the film was shot in Atlanta, Georgia.

The film’s stars seemed to cause the most buzz around Atlanta while the filming of ‘Getaway’ was going on. Both Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez were photographed frequently on-set. Actress Ashley Tisdale, who was in Atlanta shooting her film, Scary Movie 5, stopped by the set of ‘Getaway’ at one time and tweeted about stopping by the set to see her friend, Selena Gomez. All of the celebrity buzz helped to make ‘Getaway’ a popular and much talked about Atlanta activity.

The cars of the film were also heavily photographed, especially the main ‘star’ of the film, a Shelby Super Snake Mustang. Astonishingly, only two of these cars were used in the film. The rest of the vehicle body count is a lot higher. Director Courtney Solomon stated that 130 cars were used and crashed in the film. The film did not use any CGI or Green Screen effects. Everything was done with stunt drivers. So, many a car could be seen racing and crashing on the streets for the filming of the ‘Getaway’ movie.

Atlanta has become a prime location for some of Hollywood’s biggest studios to film. While ‘Getaway’ brought high-speed action and thrills to the city, there have been a variety of others who have filmed in Atlanta or that are currently filming. Some films that have already been released are ‘The Internship’, ‘Anchorman 2′ and ’42′. Upcoming films ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ and The Fast & Furious 7′ are currently filming and have both shot scenes in Atlanta. One of 2013′s biggest films, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ brought a lot of attention to Atlanta with their scenes that they shot in the city. With the sequel, ‘Mockingjay’ returning to Atlanta, it is guaranteed that many more films will be venturing to ATL.

‘Getaway’ is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema doesn’t rent outdoor movie screens. Instead

Southern Outdoor Cinema produces extraordinary full turnkey outdoor

movie events that engage, entertain and impresses audiences and

sponsors. Because of SOC unique approach to outdoor movie event

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Outdoor Cinema at .

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