You can't keep a good dog down!
For the parents concerned about the dogs gambling, committing murder, stealing, and other terrible things, those choices are portrayed as "bad". Those things are shown in such a way that when I watched this as a really young child (about 3 or 4 years old) it actually taught me that drinking is BAD because it makes Charlie too drunk to realize that he's being tricked into being murdered. It taught me that being dishonest hurts others because when Charlie lied to Anne Marie and then told Itchy he "was just using her" and was going to dump her at the orphanage instead of finding her a family like he promised, she over heard and cried. Charlie is flawed and when he realized that his actions hurt others he does his best to make it right. This is a movie that shows how our bad actions can affect others in negative ways and that taking the responsibility to learn from our mistakes and correct them that we can have a better life (or after life). It's a dark movie that uses poor choices and the consequences of those choices to show that those are things that you shouldn't do. And while it takes a long time for Charlie to finally do the right thing, every bad thing that he did catches up with him and he learns his lesson the hard way. He grows to care for the little girl so much that he regrets all the bad things he did that hurt her and then sacrifices his life to save her from death. In one of the final scenes Anne Marie is about to drown and the watch that is keeping Charlie alive is sinking in the water and if it stops Charlie will die. Instead of saving himself by saving his watch, he saves Anne Marie instead. I was able to pick up on most of this at a young age and it left a lasting positive effect on me. It's a beautiful dark film with a positive message about good choices versus bad choices. The bad choices have bad effects on the characters and those around them and the good choices, while difficult to make are rewarded with good. Charlie was told by the Whippet angel that once he stole the watch he could NEVER go back to heaven. He knew that when he chose Anne Marie instead of the watch but he finally did the right thing and the Whippet angel stops Charlie from going to Hell because he finally did the right thing. Beautiful ending and love survives indeed.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking