Red Dog

2012 PG 1h 32m DVD

Red Dog

2012 PG 1h 32m DVD
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This is the story of a legendary, lovable canine that roams the outback and finds his way into the hearts of each and every person he meets along the way. He brings people together, helping some find love and others to find themselves.
Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rohan Nichol, Luke Ford, Arthur Angel, John Batchelor, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Noah Taylor, Eamon Farren, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Paul Blackwell, Bill Hunter
Kriv Stenders
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: DTS 5.1 HD
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Red Dog is the story about the loss of a pet. The setting is the hardscrabble Australian Outback, and there's a great deal of drinking, scrappiness, some violence, a scene of attempted suicide, and a few deaths. The dog is called "cheeky bastard" and "dirty filthy whoring ham." There are also numerous visual gags/references to farts. The film is most appropriate for older kids, but it does have positive messages about pet loyalty and friendship that families will appreciate.

Sexual Content

A couple kisses sensually in two scenes. In another, a couple is shown waking up in bed together in the morning and kissing. A man imagines a woman giving birth, her legs extended in the air, but nothing graphic is revealed.


There are scenes of fist-fights, threats of physical violence, an attempted suicide, and a few instances of death or injury referenced, but not shown. In one scene, a dog is shot, but survives. In another, a man dies in a motorcycle accident.


The dog is called "cheeky bastard" and "dirty filthy whoring ham." There are numerous visual gags/references to farts.

Social Behavior

The movie espouses positive messages about loyalty, love, friendship, and courage.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

In nearly every scene involving humans, there is alcohol involved. Most of the film is set in a bar, but several settings involve get-togethers where beer flows freely. Drunkenness is not depicted per se, nor is the booze shown as the cause of the violence or general roughhousing, but it's always present.

  • 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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