Parents' Guide to

First Dog

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Ludicrous dog romp with some violence, consumerism.

Movie NR 2011 90 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Simple but beautiful world

This movie is actually for everybody with no regards to age.

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First Dog is a mindlessly heartwarming romp. The one caveat: You have to be willing to so thoroughly suspend your disbelief that you'd believe a dog belonging to the president of the United States wouldn't be microchipped in case he goes missing, and that the same dog would travel from Ohio to California in a semi-truck and meet a boy who is so willing to take him home that he seems to have no reservations about getting into cars with strangers.

Besides all this, there is some mild violence and consumerism, and the feeling that the film is about 20 minutes longer than it really needs to be. There are plenty of other "boy and his dog" films out there that are far more heartwarming and far less ludicrous. Skip this and check those out instead.

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