Lenny the Wonder Dog

2004 NR 1h 24m DVD

Lenny the Wonder Dog

2004 NR 1h 24m DVD
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On his way home from school, seventh grader Zach Dylan meets a stray dog and decides to take him in, only to learn that the cute canine has a very special gift: Thanks to a special microchip implant, the dog can talk!
Andy Richter, Craig Ferguson, Michael Winslow, Sammy Kahn, Andrew Shaifer, Evan Adams, Stephanie Sherrin, Kathy Kinney, Joe Morton, Angie
Yariv Ozdoba, Oren Goldman
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that in Lenny the Wonder Dog the villains are clownish bumblers, the threats all prove harmless, and the action is meant to be funny rather than suspenseful. Characters chase, fall, disappear, and reappear, without injury or consequence. The silly plot's references to missing children and kidnappings, which might be upsetting to kids, are never resolved. With the exception of two well-meaning oddballs, the authority figures and parents are portrayed as inept, delusional, and foolish. There are a few insults ("moron," "loser"), and some other marginal language.

Sexual Content

The 12-year-old hero has a crush on a slightly older girl. They share a chaste kiss in silhouette.


Lots of slapstick chases, falls, running into walls, etc. One teen is pulled into a car and briefly taken hostage. A dog bites a villain in the crotch. The outrageously mean, manipulative leader of an evil corporation screams a lot, intimidates, and sneers, though he's not really scary.


A few epithets: "Oh my God," "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph," and insults: "moron," "loser." A talking dog asks, "She's not anal, is she?"

Social Behavior

Good ultimately triumphs, though the movie's quality lessens the impact of the message. A heroic young boy is able to defeat an evil corporation and its power-hungry leader -- the film stretches this outcome to propose that the future of our world is in the hands of its children.


Hummers. The Police Academy film series is mentioned.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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