I read the book for my homeschool curiculum. I always see the movie that's based on the book I read. There's a scene where Lassie gets beat up, but nothing else is an issue. My 8 year old sister was 7 when she saw this. She's sensitive to animals, but this didn't bother her very much. Why do so many parents say a movie's bad just because the think it's innapropreat, or because their kids were scared? That's not right! I think Homeward bound is just as good as this, but I doubt that Garfield is better. It didn't get very many good reviews from critics.