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For the Love of Benji

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Endearing '70s sequel finds the lovable dog in jeopardy.

Movie G 1977 85 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Cute doggie tale with some peril

Kids will like the cute dog elements of this story, however the plot around the scientists and international spies is confusing and hard to follow. These plot elements will likely go over children's heads. There are several scenes where Benji is shot at. Two people are held at gunpoint, including one child being held with a gun to her head, which may be frightening to young kids. This amount of peril surprised me for what I thought was just a fun movie about a dog.

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Too much violence

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Irresistible scenes of the smart and sweet pup, shot and edited with panache, make this 1977 sequel a delight, despite the ludicrous plot and nasty scoundrels who threaten with guns. For the Love of Benji would be repetitious -- how many times can one determined dog escape the danger that awaits him at every turn -- if weren't so funny and inventive, and if each obstacle didn't lead Benji to more charming moments in picturesque Athens. Hearts will melt; tears may flow when all's well that ends well.

Director-writer Joe Camp makes the most of Benji's adorableness. Scenes of the pooch making friends with another stray and his bone, scoring sausages from an outdoor food bazaar, and outwitting an international thief should appeal to new fans and gratify their parents -- even grandparents -- who made the movie a hit decades ago. For the Love of Benji actually holds up better than its predecessor, and it isn't necessary to have seen the earlier film. Great for kids who are comfortable with heroes who have to run for their lives (both human and canine).

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