Parents' Guide to

Army Dog

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Predictable father-daughter tale has solid messages, peril.

Movie PG 2016 87 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

age 11+

Fine for civilians

Really my only issue is from my being a service member. it really drove me nuts that they cant get uniforms and ranks right. The main character is a "1sg" taking orders from a "msg" and thats not how it works. He is also way to young to be that rank and does things that areal one doesnt do. Its not hard to find one vet to come and check things for authenticity and most info id available publicly if you look in the right place.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Though well-intentioned, with easily relatable characters, this competently made film lacks both subtlety and surprises. From a moment early in the film when Tara's soccer coach describes the girl's on- and off-the-field behavior, as soon as the audience is clearly shown her mixed feelings -- particularly about the dog -- the problem and the resolution are inevitable. Still, it's a compelling journey at times, with suspenseful, well-executed action sequences. The canine Connor is a star: beautiful, lovable, and smart. The Van Diens (real-life father and daughter) give it their all. Tara learns what she's supposed to learn; the family comes together with renewed emotions; and the state park, in all its beauty, remains a classroom for learning about responsibility and teamwork.

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