Benji (2018)

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Updated dog tale has realistic peril and violence.

NR 2018 87 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 10+

What the heck Netflix

Ooook so we chose this for our family movie night with our 5 yr olds. You see / hear Benji, you think of the old classic family friendly Benji. This, however, is NOT that. The kids get kidnapped after about half an hour. And I’m not talking some doofy criminals but instead think of the bad guys from HBOs True Detective. Sadistic. NOT for a family movie. A big what the heck to Netflix bc this was scarring and not what Benji should have turned into.

This title has:

Too much violence
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age 12+

Traumatizing for smaller kids

My kids were both crying hysterically. I couldn't decide what was better - turning the movie off or having it play out so they could see it's a happy ending. Dead father, emotionally neglected children, realistic kidnapping by men in terrifying masks who plan to kill the children when they no longer need them, animal cruelty, several montages of terribly sad children and animals, including one where Benji "dies". The movie itself isn't terrible so I gave it 3 stars, but I do not recommend your kids watching this.

This title has:

Too much violence
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