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My Dog the Champion

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Teen and dog save the farm in wholesome, predictable film.

Movie G 2014 87 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Surprised it's rated G....not a G movie

Common Sense Media has gotten this one wrong! my 8 year old and I watch this based on the reviews here. I was shocked I cannot believe this movie is rated G, it should at least be PG. The whole movie is about a teenage relationship blossoming with some scenes, although they were innocent, were definitely not comfortable or appropriate for my 8 year old to watch. The movie had very grown-up themes... also the main character is not a role model. She was very rude, disrespectful and dressed too sexy. She only pretended to be nice in order to get a boy to notice her initially. The movie was not at all about dogs or dog training ...it was basically a romance. Be cautious with young children!
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age 6+

Super heart warming movie

My 7 year old loved this one. She says it's now her favorite movie. I liked that there were no bad guys and was a good feel good movie.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
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MY DOG THE CHAMPION won't win accolades for originality. The basic fish-out-of-water plot has been used time and time again, and watching a city girl initially alienate people in the country, and then learn to appreciate the lifestyle, is neither new nor surprising. Expect perhaps a misfire of a scene where a character is desperately trying to find a mobile-phone signal, a sequence so long you wish she'd find it already. As soon as we learn that Grandpa's in debt, we can tell that Maddie's going to win the big competition and help save the farm. How lucky that she turns out to be a natural when it comes to training dogs.

The dog scenes are fun to watch, and Scout, the canine star is definitely adorable. The rest of the movie isn't very special, however, though it certainly might appeal to young viewers looking for a wholesome story about helping family and getting in touch with one's true self. And that's a message everyone can appreciate.

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