Parents' Guide to

Benji

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Adorable stray dog in '70s classic; some peril.

Movie G 1974 86 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 4+

Lots of little dog running

Are there two separate films being reviewed on here? My kids—4 and 7– are both quite sensitive but they got that this was a movie and that there are bad guys and gals in the world. They loved it. The movie was from the 70s and low-budget, and this basically follows little Benji and later his sweetheart through the same routine in town. It is very sweet. There is a kidnapping and...spoiler alert...Benji saves the day. The level of peril is high, but not intense. It is very easy to tell the kids that Benji will save the day and have them focus on his cute tricks. The next day at the library the kids wanted to find more Benji movies, a clear sign of a successful movie!
age 2+
A younger age can enjoy this

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Sequence after sequence of Benji on his own -- romping, prancing, and acting very much like a dog with a plan through small-town streets and sumptuous woodlands -- is simply delightful. Director Joe Camp, who generated a franchise with this family film in 1974, makes the most of the captivating dog, his natural habitat, and small-town America. But even Camp couldn't just put up 86 minutes of dog home-movie. He had to provide a story as well. That story is a by-the-numbers kidnapping affair, with bickering villains who imperil both kids and beloved pups. There's a happy ending, of course, but caution: A boy afraid, a little girl crying, and a doggie mistreated may be unsettling for little kids or very sensitive ones.

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