Benji: Off the Leash
Cinema's favorite dog, Benji, is back in this charming story that's told from the dog's standpoint, tracking his early life as a pup to his current life in showbiz. Also new to the story line is the existence of another dog -- this time, an adorable shaggy one who becomes Benji's partner. Although Benji isn't too pleased about his new companion at first, he ends up relying on the mutt to save Benji's mother from a shifty breeder.
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- Joe Camp
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NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this is a cute movie, and young dog lovers will definitely want to see it. However, sensitive kids may be alarmed by the mistreatment of dogs here -- the dogs are in constant peril and kept in horrible conditions. They are chased by men with tranquilizer guns and held at gunpoint. Also, the family featured here isn't exactly The Partridge Family: the stepfather is abusive both to his family and the dogs he keeps in his backyard puppy mill, and the mother is a weak woman who stays with her abusive husband because "two parents are better than one" and "we have to eat". Parents should also know that the movie has some mild epithets and insults ("jeez," "why the devil," "idiot," "pansy". A strength of the movie is the portrayal of African-American characters of integrity and dedication.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- A man is abusive to his family and dogs. Men with tranquilizer guns chase dogs and a dog is held at gunpoint. Dogs are in constant peril and kept in horrible conditions.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Dog are mistreated, although it's clear that this behavior is not acceptable.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Reference to beer.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it