A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The characters teach us not to judge others by their appearance or background.
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
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 to lock them up. Lady is locked up in a prison-like dog pound with other threatening dog prisoners, 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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting. Lady lands on top of Tramp after he helps her pull off a muzzle. 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.
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"Mangy mutt," "dang it."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. There's a potentially upsetting scene of what happens to dogs that don't get adopted. 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. "Dang it" is used, and characters appear 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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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 benefited 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 to adults. Let them have their version; the adults can hang on to the original of their own childhoods.
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