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'Oz the Great and Powerful': 3 points for parents

Published: Friday, March 8 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 file photo, actor James Franco, left, and director Sam Raimi pose for portraits at the FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 file photo, actor James Franco, left, and director Sam Raimi pose for portraits at the "Oz The Great and Powerful" press junket at the Langham Huntington Hotel, in Los Angeles. Returning to the mystical land of “The Wizard of Oz” apparently takes more than 70 years and hundreds of millions of dollars. Disney will release its anticipated prequel to the 1939 movie on Friday, Feb. 7, 2013. Directed by Raimi, “Oz the Great and Powerful” explores the origins of the wizard (James Franco) and the witches (Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz) in a three-dimensional Oz. (AP, File, Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision)

Violence: Creatures that bite or attack seem to be all around in the Land of Oz. One of the witches sends flying baboons to attack people as she pleases. The aftermath of an attack is seen, but there is no blood in this film. Fireworks are shot at some characters. Some characters say they are out to kill a witch.

Fear/peril: The Dark Forrest is just that and contains creatures that could be scary for younger viewers. Oz, the wizard, seems to always be on the run from one dangerous situation to another. The wicked witch can also be frightening for younger audience members since her character is so intense.

Sensuality: Oz is a womanizer. He seems to think he can charm any female. There is a scene where a woman’s blouse comes off and reveals her bustier. It is falsely stated that Oz goes to a woman’s bed chamber and that she can remember how his body felt when they were dancing.

Even though this film is rated PG, there are moments that may be too intense or scary for some young children. If your children are younger than 10, they could be scared by some of the scenes. Be ready to talk with your kids about a person having flaws but still being good.

FILE - This publicity film image released by Disney Enterprises shows James Franco, left, and director Sam Raimi on the set of FILE - This publicity film image released by Disney Enterprises shows James Franco, left, and director Sam Raimi on the set of "Oz the Great and Powerful." Returning to the mystical land of “The Wizard of Oz” apparently takes more than 70 years and hundreds of millions of dollars. Disney will release its anticipated prequel to the 1939 movie on Friday, Feb. 7, 2013. Directed by Raimi, “Oz the Great and Powerful” explores the origins of the wizard (James Franco) and the witches (Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz) in a three-dimensional Oz. (Disney Enterprises, Merie Weismiller Wallace, file, Associated Press)

Shawn O'Neill is the Family Man Movie Reviewer.

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