A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The final message is that animals should be treated with love and respect and that there's more to life than being rich or acquiring money.
Positive Role Models
The dog trainer William is a positive role model throughout the movie when he tries to teach his brother and the other characters that animals are more than a means to make money: They're companions who deserve our love and respect.
Violence & Scariness
There are quite a few fights scenes between Pah Song's guards and Poh Sister and her brother. There also are a few instances where pretty extreme weapons are shown, such as a rocket launcher and a crossbow, and a number of scenes show animals in peril, including Loh Loh being put in a washing machine, falling down a flight of stairs, and being threatened. There also are some vague references about stray dogs being turned into dog food.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Pah Song continually tries to convince Ms. Guagua to marry him and even physically tries to force her to kiss him.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
There's a huge focus on money in the movie, with most of the various characters scheming for ways to get rich, though most do learn money isn't everything by the end. Brand names such as Bulgari and Cartier are thrown around.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Poh Sister and her brother are shown passed out after a night of partying, surrounded by empty bottles, though neither is shown actually drinking.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lucky Dog is a Chinese animal adventure for kids that's been overdubbed in English. Although there's no bad language and only one reference to alcohol (Poh Sister and her brother are shown passed out after a night of partying, surrounded by empty bottles, although they aren't shown drinking), the movie does have quite a bit of violence and scenes with animals in peril that may be scary for very young kids. Some extreme weapons such as a rocket launcher and a crossbow are shown (though no one is hit with them), there are fight scenes, and a dog is shown injured in a somewhat dramatic and scary way. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
LUCKY DOG seems to hit all the wrong notes. None of the characters is very likable, and although some of them are sometimes funny (Poh Sister and her brother are so over-the-top ridiculous that they do get a few laughs), the awkward overdubbing makes it hard to enjoy most of the dialogue. Small children may find it difficult to determine who the good guys really are in this movie, as most of the characters either engage in illegal activity (the somewhat likable Poh Sister and her brother are thieves, and Poh Song is a criminal) or are mostly after making money.
Parents and young children alike also may be disturbed by the way animals are put in peril. Although the film has a happy ending, the story leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth. With so many good animal adventures out there, this is definitely one you can skip.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.