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K-9 Adventures: Legend of the Lost Gold

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Underwhelming family adventure sequel has mild peril.

Movie NR 2016 90 minutes
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Structured around a very familiar genre trope -- the search for lost treasure with dangerous characters in hot pursuit -- this sequel hits all the cues. But there's no escaping that, at times, K-9 Adventures: Legend of the Lost Gold feels somewhat paint-by-numbers in its approach. The clues and puzzles along the way are fun, giving all the kids a chance to show their strengths in figuring out different problems. In addition, some of the set-pieces toward the end lend the plot an exciting countdown feel that ups the energy for a short time.

However, there is an ongoing lack of urgency throughout, and the script relies on stating the obvious at every turn. Scoot, the canine who was very much the star of the show in the previous film, feels sidelined here, which seems like a missed opportunity considering he is the heart of the franchise. The movie has strong moral messages about helping others and using the treasure for good, and also goes some way to approaching the difficult subject of a widowed father moving on with a new woman. Well-meaning to the core, the outcome is a movie that is inoffensive but underwhelming, which may entertain for a short while but is unlikely to become a family favorite.

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