A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Dogs are loyal, loving pets with great intelligence and intuition. They deserve loyalty, kindness, and care from humans in exchange. Parents love, worry about, and try to protect their kids. End credits suggest against buying and selling dogs but supporting rescue pets instead.
Positive Role Models
Aya sees something in June and trusts her even with their newborn baby. Ale is protective of Karin and suspicious of June. When Karin goes missing, Ale panics and blames his wife. Aya seems to need to ask her husband permission on several occasions, and she's surprised when her husband offers to cook one evening.
Violence & Scariness
Running dogs cause mayhem in several scenes. Humans are scared of dogs, and dogs are in turn scared of some humans. The neighbor's dog dies and we see its faithful friend, a young boy, crying. Aya refers to a past miscarriage. Two men capture June and hope to sell her off. Karin falls ill and is diagnosed with asthma. When she's pushed by a boy on a playground she wanders off, getting lost in the woods. There, she falls and cuts her knee, endures a rain storm, and has an asthma attack. June pushes her humans out of the way of a poisonous trap in the forest but is fatally stabbed by it herself. Both Karin's and June's wounds are bloody.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married man and woman kiss. A woman gets pregnant, goes into labor, and has a baby. References are made to a previous miscarriage.
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"Jeez." The film was reviewed in Indonesian with English subtitles.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Medication is prescribed by a doctor for Karin's asthma and by a vet for June's pain.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that one of the main canine characters of the Indonesian film June & Kopi dies in an emotional finale. She sacrifices her own life in order to save her humans, suffering a fatal and bloody wound. It's the culmination of a potentially frightening episode where a little girl wanders into the woods and gets lost, cutting her knee and getting progressively weaker due to asthma. This sequence is the most dramatic of the film, which otherwise plays as mostly comedy and a lighthearted tale of the loyalty and intelligence of a stray dog taken in by a young family happily expecting a child after a previous miscarriage. There are some traditional gender roles in the family, and the wife seems to need her husband's permission on major decisions. She's surprised one day when he offers to cook a meal. It's possible to read these scenes, and others where just about every person on the street seems seriously scared of dogs, as specific to the Indonesian setting. The film conveys the benefits and joys of having a dog, and there are lots of cute scenes of dogs doing unexpected things. End credits suggest against buying and selling dogs but supporting rescue pets instead. The movie is subtitled, so it's best for kids who are comfortable reading them. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This well-intentioned film offers a relatively easy entrée for kids interested in exploring other cultures through the movies. The Indonesian-set, dog-centered June & Kopi is reminiscent of lots of American pet pictures, yet there are also some location-specific aspects to the characters, setting, and story that could spark conversation as well as curiosity, assuming kids are willing to read subtitles.
The film's sad ending comes as a bit of a surprise after a mostly lighthearted and at times even goofy story, though there are other dramatic elements throughout, including reference to a past miscarriage and the daughter's asthma diagnosis. The film has a few awkward moments, like comedic or dramatic pauses that last a beat too long, or music that overstates the mood in some scenes. Make sure to stay for the fun, illustrated end credits, which imagine Kopi in all manner of transportation devices. Drawn or real, the dogs steal this show.
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