Parents' Guide to

Billy and Buddy

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Subtitled French dog tale has odd suggestiveness.

Movie NR 2013 82 minutes
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BILLY AND BUDDY is gorgeously and vividly shot and has the haze of nostalgia both for the 1970s and a more free-range childhood that any Western audience likely will relate to. The subtitles mean it's best for older kids with quick reading skills, and those reading skills mean exposure to a few curse words as well as an offbeat attraction between a turtle and dog, which sometimes cuts a little too close to more mature expressions of love. That said, the film is a well-acted, sweet look at the love of a dog, both in its simplicity and havoc-wreaking on a family, as well as the growing pains of familial negotiation, with a lot of comic relief in the mix.​​

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