My Dog Skip
Lonely, 9-year-old Willie Morris (Frankie Muniz) lives in the flea-bitten town of Yazoo, Miss. He stinks at sports and has no playmates. So, over the strenuous objections of his hardnosed father (Kevin Bacon), Willie's mother (Diane Lane) buys him a dog that he promptly dubs "Skip." Before you know it, Skip transforms Willie's life: He makes friends, plays sports and develops an unbreakable bond with the spunky terrier. Based on a true story.
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- Jay Russell
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1Subtitles
English, FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Audio commentary , deleted scenes , cast and crew information , trailer(s)
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that My Dog Skip is a nostalgic "boy-and-his-dog" movie, inspired by a true story, that contains a number of violent and/or sad scenes that show animal abuse, some physical and mental repercussions of war, and the death of a beloved pet. Even when the ugly incidents take place off-camera, the sounds and implication may be disturbing. Both the boy and the dog are in danger several times, enduring taunting insults and threats from bullies and cruel moonshiners. There's some offensive language ("ass") and insults ("sissy"), and one character has a drinking problem.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable
- Early in My Dog Skip, school bullies relentlessly torment Willie, push him down, throw things at him, call him names. Moonshiners push Willie and Skip around, threaten them, and ultimately hurt the dog. The scenes that show violence against animals are real and cruel, and have more impact on young viewers than the exaggerated cartoon action they're accustomed to. A deer, bleeding and dying from a hunter's gunshot, falls to the ground. Skip, the dog, is hit twice, once with a shovel, after which he nearly dies from his injuries. Willie's dad, a war veteran, limps and has a prosthesis, which is briefly seen.
- Some insults: "sissy," "titty baby," "ass,"" "stick it up your big fat butt," "kraut" (for German). A brief discussion about how a puppy's "testicle has not descended." It's 1942; African-Americans are identified as "colored."
- Social Behavior
- Emphasizes the rewarding bonds formed between a child and a pet, as well as the responsibility that comes with being a pet owner. Characters learn from their mistakes, change for the better, and develop lasting relationships even during difficult times. In one poignant scene, a returning soldier reveals that he ran from battle not because he was afraid of dying, but because he could not participate in killing.
- Old signs for Coca Cola and Texaco appear throughout. Tampa Nugget Cigars are visible.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A World War II soldier returns home, shattered by his experience, and drinks excessively for a time.
- 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