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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Lessons on survival in the wild and perseverance.
Positive Role Models
Angus applies all of the survival skills his father taught him to survive in the wild while awaiting the rescue parties.
Violence & Scariness
(WARNING: Some spoilers.) After peril resulting in a boat wreck that leaves them stranded in a heavily wooded and isolated countryside, Angus and Yellow fend for themselves against the elements. Angus breaks his arm during a fall down a hill. The pair encounter a wildcat. Some hunting violence: Angus kills, cooks, and eats a squirrel for food. Yellow the dog falls off a perilous tree trunk bridge. When the rescue team finds Angus and Yellow, they have no choice but to leave Yellow behind.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's a chaste kiss at the end of the film.
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Younger brother Silas says "crap." Angus says "damn" when he accidentally crashes the truck into a woodpile.
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Products & Purchases
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog is a 1995 family adventure drama in which a boy and his dog must fend for themselves in the wilderness after a shipwreck. Spoiler alert: For more sensitive viewers -- especially those who love dogs -- the scene in which the dog is left behind in the wilderness after the tween boy is rescued by the search party might be a bit much to take. There are also some moments of peril, including the boat wreck, an interaction between the boy and dog with a wildcat, and a scene in which the tween breaks his arm during a fall down a hill. The dog also falls off of a makeshift bridge but survives. "Crap" is used by a young boy. Overall, the movie imparts lessons on survival as the tween boy applies the lessons taught by his father earlier in the movie. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With sweeping views of the beautiful Canadian coast and intense wilderness scenes, this tender coming-of-age story is bound to impress viewers of all ages. Where the tale could verge into the melodramatic, the McCormick family exhibits stolid emotional strength in the face of adversity. Moreover, Angus is raised with strict boundaries, which serve him well. When he asks to keep the stray dog that he calls Yellow, his father says, "Angus, this is your dog and it is going to be your responsibility." The following scene shows Angus buying dog food and a dog tag with his hard-earned money. And Yellow proves to be a loyal friend who saves Angus' life more than once.
The strength of the McCormick family's commitment to doing things correctly could be seen as a moral tale for the times. There are no shortcuts in this film -- and patience and perseverance end up saving lives.
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