Benji: Off the Leash

2004 PG 1h 37m DVD

Benji: Off the Leash

2004 PG 1h 37m DVD
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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.
Nick Whitaker, Chris Kendrick, Randall Newsome, Duane Stephens, Lincoln Hoppe, Christy Summerhays, Scott Wilkinson
Joe Camp
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
age 6+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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