A father headed for a reunion with his family is killed in a car crash and reincarnated as a dog named Fluke in this offbeat adaptation of the seriocomic novel by James Herbert. Samuel L. Jackson is the voice of "Rumbo," and sitcom fans will recognize Comet, the dog from "Full House," as Fluke. This was the first American film for Italian director Carlo Carlei (Flight of the Innocent).
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- Carlo Carlei
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; no region code; interactive menus; scene access; theatrical trailer.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that while Fluke was originally marketed as a family film, it includes several deaths and many scenes in which people lose or mourn their loved ones. The principal animals are in danger throughout -- subjected to cruelty, abandonment, a medical lab experiment, and harsh capture. Though it is not religiously or philosophically explored, a light-hearted acceptance of reincarnation is at the heart of this film so that the human hero, as a dog, can take a second look at his life. Generally, despite the lovably talented dogs, this is an often confusing, very sad film that may be upsetting to young kids, sensitive kids, and animal-lovers of any age.
- Sexual Content
- One kiss.
- The film opens with a car accident in which a man is killed; the sequence is repeated several times in flashback from different points of view. Dogs are in danger throughout. They are mistreated by a thug, captured by brutal men (a mother dog is wrenched away from her puppies by animal control officers), caged, injured; one beloved dog is shot and killed. Fluke is cruelly restrained in a medical lab and subjected to painful tests. The dog ferociously attacks several villains.
- Not much -- a rare "hell" and "my God," as an exclamation.
- Social Behavior
- Life, in every form, is to be cherished. Living beings thrive and grow when they are treated with love and respect, and when they work together towards a common goal. The same event viewed from different perspectives may lead to very different conclusions.
- Monopoly, The Nature Company.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Several people are shown drinking in a homeless camp. A auto salvage dealer drinks and smokes. In one flashback the human hero is revealed to be a heavy smoker.
- 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