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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Jack and Ralph steal dogs to sell to labs that do experiments on them. Jack starts a fire when he throws his cigar onto some dry grass. Chance endangers the whole group when he runs off from the rest.
Violence & Scariness
Some comic violence, including Jack hitting his head on his van, dogs fighting with each other, and Sassy dropping a flowerpot on a dog's head.
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Products & Purchases
Iams dog food and several images of San Francisco (Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge) are prominently featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Jack smokes a cigar all the time.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while there's no real violence, there's enough mild peril to frighten sensitive children. For instance, Shadow, Sassy, and Chance almost get hit as a plane takes off and Jamie thinks Chance has been hit and killed by a semi. There are also several dog fights or scenes where dogs bare their teeth menacingly. The villains steal dogs to sell for experiments, and one of them smokes a cigar the whole time. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Good thing that pet stories are in a class by themselves, because on its own, this one's pretty bland. While the pace is slow and the dialog boring, the loveable cast of characters will carry some viewers through. There's the street-smart lady dog Delilah (A Night at the Museum's Carla Gugino), a dog who stutters when he scratches himself, and the tiny hound who, like Alfalfa, comically pines for his Delilah.
Kids may also learn from some of Chance's mistakes as he bumbles his way home, but overall this movie and its cute pets don't have much to say. Better to stick with the original or other great pet movies.
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