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Lady and the Tramp (2019)

Movie review by
Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Remake has humor and heart; some peril, emotional intensity.
  • PG
  • 2019
  • 102 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

We think this movie stands out for:

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The characters teach us not to judge others by their appearance or background.

Positive Messages

Humans and dogs can be loyal to their own and to each other. Belonging to a family or community gives life meaning. Despite its allure, freedom from attachments like family can be lonely. A stable home life is healthy, but an occasional howl at the moon is, too. Everybody deserves love. Don't judge a book by its cover. Courage and teamwork are themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dogs and humans stand up for and protect their friends and family, even if it means putting themselves potentially in harm's way. Some adults, including a mean aunt and a dog catcher with an unhealthy obsession with Tramp, behave cruelly. Different kinds of dogs learn to respect one another's differences. The cast is diverse.

Violence & Scariness

Dogs face peril from cars, rats, cats, other dogs, and a villainous dog catcher who hunts them down in order to lock them up. Lady is locked up in a prison-like dog pound with other threatening dog prisoners and learns about what happens to dogs who don't get adopted. Mischievous cats destroy Lady's home. An evil rat sneaks into a baby's room. Tramp appears dead after being thrown from a moving vehicle.

Sexy Stuff

Flirting. Lady lands on top of Tramp after he helps her pull off a muzzle, and the two have an unintended kiss when they share spaghetti. Jim Dear and Darling also land on top of each other in one scene. Lady and Tramp fall in love.

Language

"Mangy mutt," "dangit."

Consumerism

Nothing on screen, but Disney has lots of themed merchandise available.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters appear to be drinking alcohol together as they celebrate Jim Dear's impending fatherhood.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this remake of Disney's classic Lady and the Tramp is still family friendly but is a little more intense than the original, largely due to the realism of the CGI and live-action characters. The human dog catcher, who hunts Tramp the entire movie, gives the remake a menacing villain, and the other dangers to the animals -- other dogs, cats, street traffic, the rat -- may feel more threatening now that they're more lifelike. Sequences that could scare little kids include when Lady is imprisoned in the dog pound, when Tramp lies unconscious after being tossed from a moving vehicle, and when the rat pounces on the baby's crib. As Lady (voiced by Tessa Thompson) and Tramp (Justin Theroux) fall in love, they share a couple of flirtatious moments, including the classic spaghetti scene. "Dangit" is used, and characters apear to drink a toast together. This take on Tramp is a little mangier than the original, but the cast of human characters imbues the classic tale with a welcome new diversity.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymbyers November 15, 2019
Adult Written byFilmreviews.org November 11, 2019
Teen, 13 years old Written bygeorgie6amelia November 16, 2019
Teen, 17 years old Written byThemoviethinker November 15, 2019

Meh, good but a little frustrating

I wouldn’t say anything good. it’s very low budget. Also a couple big things are kinda unnecessary and annoying, first, Jock is a female called Jockolete and it... Continue reading

What's the story?

In LADY AND THE TRAMP, Lady (voiced by Tessa Thompson) is a pampered pet who lives a comfortable, predictable life. When her owners, Jim Dear (Thomas Mann) and Darling (Kiersey Clemons), have a baby, Lady feels forgotten. She runs away and meets stray dog Tramp (Justin Theroux), who teaches her about some of the pleasures of a life with no attachments. The pair slowly fall in love as Tramp shows Lady how to beg for scraps at the classiest restaurants, find the best starry lookout over their city, and howl at the moon. But Tramp is hounded by a persistent dog catcher, and Lady feels homesick. When her people find her again, Lady decides to stay home. Will she and Tramp find each other again?

Is it any good?

There's always risk involved in remaking a beloved classic, and this remake is no different; it both pleases and falls short. Some will love this version of Lady and the Tramp, especially for the technical advances that have brought the CGI characters to life or for the diverse cast that will allow kids from more backgrounds to feel represented on screen. And others will find things to complain about, like the phoniness of the unnamed time and place the movie is set in or the generally slow pacing. The remake -- which is an hour and 42 minutes long -- might have benefitted from a length closer to the original's 76 minutes.

Curiously, the animals come across as more genuine than the live people in this remake. Even the secondary characters, like Lady's neighbor friends (hilariously voiced by Sam Elliott and Scottish actress Ashley Jensen) or Tramp's street friends (especially the commanding Janelle Monáe) are given much fuller personalities than Jim Dear, Darling, or the dog catcher. In this sense, and perhaps rightfully so, the film will appeal more to younger audiences than adults. Let them have their version; the adults can hang onto the original of their own childhoods.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this version of Lady and the Tramp compares with the original. Which do you prefer? Why?

  • Did the movie's computer animation make the dogs seem more or less realistic? Why?

  • The film has a central message about family. What do you think it is?

  • What character strengths do Lady and Tramp share?

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