When a poverty-stricken family is forced to sell their precious dog to a wealthy duke who lives more than 500 miles away, the loyal Lassie escapes and braves an incredible journey home in this compelling tale about survival, adventure and love.
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- Charles Sturridge
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; cast and crew interview; bonus footage.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie is a tear-jerker and contains some intense scenes involving poverty and peril. In one scene, Joe is forced to tell Lassie that he doesn't love or want her anymore (a potential weepy moment for the youngest set). Also, Lassie gets whipped, and in another scene, a brave little dog dies at a human's hands. There's also slapstick farce at the expense of some dog wardens. In school, Joe suffers humiliation and physical abuse from a teacher. A dwarf puppeteer is beat up by two big guys using clubs. They make snide remarks about his size and try to rob him.
- Sexual Content
- Mild innuendo between characters.
- Lassie gets whipped (off-screen). Another dog dies at the hands of a person. The puppeteer is beaten up. Slapstick farce. Joe gets his hand whacked with a ruler at school.
- "Hell," "bugger," "bloody," and "bullocks," and other similar British epithets.
- Social Behavior
- Lassie faces adversity bravely and helps many people during her adventures. On the other hand, dogs are beaten (and, in one scene, so is a person, who is simultaneously mocked), Joe's parents go back on their promise to him, and Joe is forced to turn against his beloved dog.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some smoking and drinking among adult characters.
- 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