Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco

Movie review by
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Definitely not as good as the first.
  • G
  • 1996
  • 89 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygishfish87 February 18, 2021

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 movi... Continue reading
Adult Written byDarkseid May 19, 2020

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 funn... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat December 21, 2019
Teen, 15 years old Written byNeon2002 March 27, 2018

Family-friendly

This movie is just as good as the first one! Both movies are amazing, but the animals are put in more peril than in the first. The people in the blood red van a... Continue reading

What's the story?

This sequel to the book-to-film favorite Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey also stars Chance the American bulldog, Sassy the Himalayan cat, and Shadow the Golden Retriever (voiced by Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, and Ralph Waite respectively). On this adventure all three pets are headed to Canada for a family camping trip. When Chance refuses to take his tranquilizer and then worries that he's being taken back to the "bad place," he escapes his pet carrier and Sassy and Shadow follow, determined to save their friend. Unfortunately, they find themselves not saved but lost -- in a San Francisco filled with cartoonish dognappers and bullying boxers and mastiffs. With the help of a pack of kind-hearted stray dogs, can they make it back to their owners safely?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about better pet adventure movies, like the first Homeward Bound and 101 Dalmatians. What makes those movies family favorites? Do you wish your pets could talk? What actor's voice would you like them to have?

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