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Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Definitely not as good as the first.

Movie G 1996 89 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 2+

Groan-inducing film, but toddler loves it

As others have said, this film hardly compares to the first, but it is still an entertaining and safe kids' movie. In fact, this is a pretty terrible movie, lol, but my kid loves it, and it's pretty harmless and goofy. Writers Chris Hauty and Julie Hickson are not known for any particularly great movies, and HB2 is no exception. I still have no idea why the family drove to Canada but wanted to fly the pets separately. The main themes apear to be romance, attachment, growing up, and fear of abandonment. The romance between Chance and Delilah is super mushy and contrived. Shadow's character is basically a space-filler and doesn't have any memorable or profound dialogue like in the first film. Sallie Fields (as Sassy) also deserved better writing. I think the bull mastiff and boxer duo are a couple, which is actually super subtle and cute. I also appreciate that Delilah and the other female strays are savvy and capable, rather than being stereotypical girly girls. Not only is the furry trio pitted against the perils of street life (albeit temporarily), but they must also be wary of the dog snatchers who kidnap pets and strays. One reviewer said these antagonists serve as propaganda against the animal testing industry, but I believe that reviewer completely overlooked the real problem: these men are stealing dogs to sell; what kind of facility buys stolen pets instead of purchasing animals bred for that purpose (typically, beagles are bred and used in research facilities). Anyway, it's not propaganda to feature villains who participate in illegal activities. One of the men smokes a cigar (just a warning that this film does contain tobacco use). If you want your child to be exposed to better writing, then stick with the first film.
age 5+

Do not compare it to the first and you have a decent movie

A cute movie, lacking deep human feelings but worth a see. The animals make references that would go over kids heads, but the scenes are cute and slapstick funny. My kids are 5 and 7 and they were entertained. Spoilers: They did not know how to take the young dogs licking each other. The real emotions only come out briefly at the end during the final scene of the animals almost making it home.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (7 ):

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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