Don't listen to bad reviews. This is amazing and awe-inspiring. IMPORTANT UPDATE AT BOTTOM.
This movie is wonderful and so emotional and heartwarming. I thought it was better than it's companion, A Dog's Purpose. And yes, I cried once or twice. The only thing that parents really need to look out for is the scene *spoiler alert* when a man chains Bella to him and then dies. In the middle of the woods. And the saddest part of this scene is that there is a river right by where he dies, and the chain is a foot-too-short. So Bella is starving, and thirsty, and it hurts to watch this scene. The other part, (this is implied), but for at least 20 minutes of the movie, Bella finds a home with a gay, married couple. It doesn't say anything, but you can figure out, and easily that it is a gay couple, and not just too best friends. There are some scenes that may scare kids, but when that happens Bella either gets rescued, or finds a way out of it. In one part wolves attack Bella and throw her around, until Big Kitten comes to the rescue. The most shocking scene is when Bella gets hit by a car, she only hurts her front paw. In the ending, when Bella gets back to "home" she is pretty bloody, and her fur is wet with blood, and it is also sad that she is limping around. The ending made me cry, maybe even ugly cry, just because it is so heartwarming and happy. They were tears of joy. My brother who was 10, and has a hard time sitting through movies loved this movie, and parents just make it darker, by pointing out all the little things that go by quick, if that makes sense. There is also startling jump scare. And in all honesty, it is a very inspiring film, and the script is amazing. And it is no darker than A Dog's Purpose, this one is actually less dark, considering dogs are not dying over and over. Go see it. And bring tissues.
I just watched this movie for a second time, and it was still amazing. Younger kids could handle it just fine.
My MPAA rating: PG (for some suggestive material and thematic content, peril, scary sequences, violence against animals, and disturbing content)