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My Magic Dog

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Low-budget dog-from-heaven story is emotionally intense.

Movie G 1997 90 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+


I watched this movie many years ago as a kid, I found it at blockbuster and thought it was a cute looking movie my parents left me alone to watch it and 30 mins into the movie I ran upstairs sobbing my eyes out at how sad the movie was. Granted my family dog had just passed away a few months before this so it hit me way harder than most. I understand the whole life and death aspect and how to teach kids in a positive way but at the same time I couldn’t stop crying so this is not a movie for sensitive animal adoring kids and when my mom asked if I wanted to finish the movie I refused. It’s funny because now I’m in school to become a veterinarian so I mean could it have pushed me in the right direction I don’t know. The cover of this movie was false advertisement to me looked very happy go lucky and ended up pushing me into a depressing state.

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age 5+


It was a cute movie.

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This drama, while cliched, is strong on positive role models and refreshingly free of potty humor. Unfortunately, instead of building characters and a story to care about, the plot mostly lurches from one trope to another -- and then another. Younger kids may find some humor in the cartoony slapstick, but most gags fall flat, and sensitive younger viewers may be too upset by the death of Lucky to find comfort in his help from the afterlife. The acting falls as flat as the gags, except for poor Russ Tamblyn, who's woefully miscast and unable to lift those around him enough to make the 90 minutes worthwhile.

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