My Life as a Dog

1985 NR 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD

My Life as a Dog

1985 NR 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD
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This Oscar-nominated gem offers an honest depiction of the often-confusing nature of childhood. Shipped off to live with his uncle for the summer, 12-year-old Ingmar finds unexpected adventures with the help of the town's warmhearted eccentrics. These experiences give him the strength to accept his life and eventually enjoy childhood.
Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidén , Melinda Kinnaman, Kicki Rundgren, Lennart Hjulström
Lasse Hallström
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1
Swedish: Dolby Digital Mono
Widescreen 1.66:1
Swedish: PCM Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA. NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that My Life as a Dog is a wonderful subtitled film with brief, non-sexual nudity in an artist's studio. Also, viewers see a quick flash of a 12-year-old girl's breast, and there are several scenes of mild sexual tension between pubescent kids, as well as other sexually suggestive moments throughout. The main character, a 12-year-old boy, deals with several major losses over the course of the movie, though there is an overall sense of optimism to the film.

Sexual Content

A couple quick glimpses of a 12-year-old girl's breasts as she tries to unsuccessfully flirt with a boy her age, plus an adult female poses nude for an artist and her naked body is visible several times, though sensitive parts are always covered or mostly obscured. Sexual tension between pubescent kids. Flirting and jealousy between adults. An adult has a boy read him underwear advertisements, which he hides from his wife. Adults talk about breasts and "boobs" with kids. A teen boy tells a group of kids about how pregnancy happens and asks his 12-year-old brother to demonstrate by putting his penis into a bottle (nothing is visible), and his penis gets stuck.


There is some tension when Ingemar and his mother argue and she breaks down crying and tries to hit and push him away. The boy falls through a roof and gets some scrapes. Ingemar's mother is gravely ill, and a boy loses a pet.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

A sense of hope and optimism runs through what is otherwise a sad story of a boy losing his mother. The benefits of creativity and cross-generational friendships are explored. The experience of a boy coming of age is treated honestly and with sensitivity.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A man smokes a pipe.

  • 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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