Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Hachi: A Dog's Tale is the story of great love and respect between a college professor and the puppy he rescues on a snowy night. It's a very gentle film that quickly engages the audience as it introduces a heroic dog, a man with a loving heart, and an idyllic setting. That engagement intensifies emotions, which later carry the story through the years to its bittersweet conclusion. The movie is based the story of a dog who lived in Japan in the 1930s; a statue of the real Hachi remains in the Shibuya train station there. Spoiler alert: A major character dies, which is heartbreaking and likely to upset most kids and parents. Though the film has a "G" rating, it's best for kids who are comfortable with very sad events -- including death -- and the grief that accompanies those events.
A husband and wife share a romantic moment before heading to bed; we next see them cuddling later. In another scene, they appear to be preparing to bathe together.
A key player collapses and dies after suffering a heart attack.
Reveals the deep relationship and commitment that can be maintained between a human and a pet. Clearly shows the value of respect between humans and between humans and their pets. Finds beauty in mutual love even after separation or death.
Yankees game and Yankees cap are featured.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Adults drink wine and champagne in the evening together. Daughter's fiancé brings beer to dinner and drinks a beer with his future father-in-law.