Benji the Hunted

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Benji shines in another simple but engrossing dog tale.

G 1987 89 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 1 review

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age 9+

Predators in nature, 1 cute dog

Every alpha predator you can imagine threaten Benji in the mountain forests of Washington State. With little dialogue and way too much of an intrumental music track, you are left to read Benji's eyes for clues as to what is happening in the action, #CallTheDogWhisperer. Call it a nature documentary if you want to see animals hunting other animals with beautiful backdrops.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 6+

Benji the Hunted

This is a Benji movie, so most of us know what to expect. Some warnings, though: (Spoilers) Benji is in CONSTANT peril in this movie.The wilderness is a scary place, but this movie is more like one animal after another wanting to eat Benji. Be aware little kids may not be able to handle this. Also, one of the kittens is taken by a raptor near the end of the movie. Since Benji has spent the entire movie trying to defend the cute kittens, this may be upsetting. I personally found it needlessly cruel for a children's movie. On the other hand, the movie has beautiful scenery. The eat-or-be-eaten view of nature is much more realistic than other movies for kids in which predators and prey often get along in sappy sweet storylines.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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