Parents' Guide to

Derby Dogs

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Brief profanity, crassness in otherwise uplifting tale.

Movie PG 2013 87 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Nice movie

I let my boys watch this at age 7/8. I think a little older might be better. My boys know better than to pay attention to the bad language (which there really is not too much). They liked the soap box derby racing and seeing how the more honorable path will be rewarded in the long run. I think there are some sad moments talking about the main character's dad that died. The topics about relationships is just small part of movie and I like how it focused on friendships in the end. I think they could have lost the loan-sharking bit of the story for a better movie but this again is just small part of the story and there is a lesson there too. In short this is a nice movie with good moral lessons.

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Kids say: Not yet rated

The movie works in tween and teen issues -- bullying, newfound interest in the opposite sex, shifting boundaries with parents, changing friendships -- without feeling like an afterschool special. Instead, the friendships feel natural and the situations are authentic -- barring a bit of reckless driving and a few potties tipping over onto cars for comic effect. It presents situations adolescents can learn a lot from seeing, addressing ethics, teen dating, and trying to obey your parents while still being true to yourself, and it does so without dodging the complexities inherent in them.

Kids who like racing, derby cars, or New Zealand will find a lot to laugh about here, and parents can appreciate the message that there are more important things than winning, even though winning is a lot of fun.

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