Parents' Guide to

Red Dog

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Emotional dog tale features drinking, violence, and loss.

Movie PG 2012 92 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
age 10+

Definitely emotional

This movie taught us the true value of Common Sense Media! We didn't check here before we watched this wonderful movie, and the grief and loss was definitely a surprise. If we were more prepared, we could have used this movie more effectively to discuss emotions with our two boys (also a bit young for it - at 8 and 9). Thanks CSM and we won't forget you next time!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (12):

As dog movies go, Red Dog offers some unique framing: It's set in the starkly beautiful Australian Outback; it's told against the tale of the rough-hewn miners he finds a home among. It's a beautifully shot movie in an inherently interesting setting. It doesn't take every opportunity for tear-jerking sentiment, but it is an emotional tale of how this special dog impacted the people he interacted with.

There's a lot here for families to mull over about the nature of dog ownership, particularly in the message that we don't really own our pets, we merely get to live with them. Kids who love dogs will likely be fascinated by the legendary tale of this dog's loyalty. Like all movies celebrating pets, this one deals with loss directly. Parents who've reconciled the setting and excessive, ever-present drinking, and scrappiness may enjoy this family foray into the joys and sorrows of pet ownership.

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