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Parents' Guide to

Lassie

By Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Schmaltzy return for classic cinema canine.

Movie PG 2006 100 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

not for primary school age children or younger

Overall it has many good points, consistent with reviews you will find elsewhere but the violence makes it unsuitable for younger children and anybody who likes animals will not enjoy seeing a dog beaten to death. I wish that I had not shown it to my children (7 and 3), although fortunately the little one had wandered off by this point. Seeing Lassie getting a belting was also pretty awful. Not at all what I had hoped for, based on half remembered episodes of Lassie from my childhood. The supposed drug abuse and bad language highlighted as potential issues on this site, will probably not even register as you reel from the violence!

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (2 ):

With some iffy language, rough-talking coal miners, and scenes of death and peril, it's clear that this LASSIE is no scrubbed-up Disney flick. But by showing the harshness of life in 1930s Yorkshire, the movie brings a reality to the classic story that was never found in the TV series, or even in the early Lassie movies.

Lassie is a nostalgic story about a beloved character, and the dog's adventures are by turns amusing, thrilling, and gut-wrenching. That said, the movie is also a bit schmaltzy, with one too many scenes of Lassie running in slo-mo across the Yorkshire landscape, saving various souls along the way, and being brave in the face of adversity. Then again, it's Lassie -- and you can't mess with a classic.

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