Parents' Guide to

My Dog Skip

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Great boy-and-dog tale, but be prepared for tears.

Movie PG 2000 95 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 9+

Animal Cruelty...Enough Said!

This is a terrible movie. I watched it when I was young because my family was looking for a family-friendly movie, and I thought it was okay at the time, but now there are many things I despise about it. I can stand the gory violence in action, horror, and crime movies, but the more realistic violence, like abuse and cruelty, especially to animals, is a hard pill for me to swallow. The boy is incredibly stupid and I have a very low amount of respect for him for what he did to Skip in the climax. This is an incredibly stupid and impulsive move that will make you hate the kid instantly after that. The kid ends up feeling bad about what he did later, but the way he did what he did to Skip will stay in viewers’ minds long after the movie is finished. This movie is appropriate for kids, but if your kids have trouble watching upsetting cruelty to animals, especially dogs, do not show them this film. I would not advise you to watch this film anyway, because it is just a waste of time. One star is more than a generous rating for this film. Do not waste your time on this boring, despicable film.
age 17+

Off-camera or not, still Animal Cruelty..

It's the only reason this was a movie I watched ONCE and never again. I'm one of those people that prefers animals over humans.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (5 ):

My Dog Skip is a good, old-fashioned boy-and-his-dog movie that is lyrical and very touching, with many important issues for family discussion. One of the most interesting scenes in the movie for older kids is the parents' debate. Willie's mother says, "He is a responsible boy who needs a friend." His father says that pets are "just a heartbreak waiting to happen." Having lost his leg -- and much of his sense of hope about life -- in a war, he wants to protect Willie from loss as long as he can. But Mrs. Morris knows that loss is the price we pay for caring, and that what we gain from caring -- and from loss -- is well worth it.

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