Lucky Dog

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Awful Chinese animal caper has some violence, scary scenes.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 96 minutes

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age 7+
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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff

Pah Song continually tries to convince Ms. Guagua to marry him and even physically tries to force her to kiss him.

Language
Consumerism

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.

What 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. 

User Reviews

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Adult Written bydianec2 May 26, 2015

Really Dramatic

Lucky dog is the right kind of movie for you if you're a very specific and understanding person, it might seem really bad but its really, not.

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What's the story?

Orphaned puppy Loh Loh is adopted by the wealthy Ms. Guagua, who wants to find a dog who will win at a prestigious dog show. After the two become fast friends, Loh Loh is kidnapped, sending his two dog trainers and Ms. Guagua on an adventure to get him back. Meanwhile, the scheming Pah Song tries to also find Loh Loh in an attempt to win Ms. Guagua's heart, while the wannabe thieves Poh Sister and her brother hunt for the dog to win the reward money.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about kids' movies from China. Are they different from American kids' movies? How are they different?

  • Do you think you can still be a good person if you do things that are illegal, such as stealing? Why, or why not?

  • What's your favorite talking-animal movie? Why is it your favorite?

Movie details

For kids who love animal tales

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