Parents' Guide to

Benji Off the Leash

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Charming movie featuring an adorable dog.

Movie PG 2004 100 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Benji Off The Leash

I didn’t like how animals were treated in this movie, there are some fun parts I enjoyed as a kid, but I didn’t like how the stepfather abused the animals, the boy, and his mother. The movie would be better without the stepfather.

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Too much violence
age 7+
A cute film, but it depicts abuse to animals and people. There is little to offend here. But remain cautious with younger kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

The dogs are cute, the intentions are good, and there's a refreshing absence of potty humor. But that's about the best that can be said about the fifth movie about loveable mutt Benji from writer/director Joe Camp. Kids will love the clever and loyal little dogs, especially when they outsmart Hatchett and the dogcatchers. But the movie seems caught in a 1970s time warp, and kids may find the story slow going and amateurish.

Some viewers may be upset by Hatchett's harsh behavior toward Colby and the dogs, and by Colby's mother's failure to protect him, and the movie seems more concerned about the abuse of the animals than about the abuse of Colby and his mother. Also, the "happy" ending may not feel too happy to some children. Camp's website has a message about the importance of making movies with genuine family values, but the final message of this film seems to be that fame is better than love and home. The only person likely to find that happiest of endings is Camp himself, glad to be back at the helm of another Benji movie.

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