Red Dog: True Blue

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Coming-of-age tale has mild action and peril.

NR 2018 88 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

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age 11+

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A good family movie but it does have some themes and moments you might want to preview if you have younger children. For example, the theme of parental loss, mental illness and abandonment comes up a few times, with a couple of scenes in which Mick, the boy at the centre of the tale, learns some cold hard truths about what really happened to his mother. Also be prepared for the revelation that two of the minor characters, who otherwise have no real lines or purpose in the movie, are not actually brothers, but lovers. (It's said in a roundabout way to go over the heads of younger kids, but anyone old enough to understand certainly will.) Quite a bit of time is given to Mick's big crush on his very attractive young teacher, and the tense rivalry between him and the older guy she starts a relationship with. There are a couple of scenes where Mick and Blue go into a spooky cave which is associated with a local Aboriginal legend, and a bush fire which Mick attributes to the spirit in the legend. Mick gets spanked by his grandfather off-scene (you hear what's going on while Blue waits for Mick). All of those are the reasons I'd say it's better for tweens than younger kids, but all in all it's an enjoyable coming-of-age drama with the appropriate number of comic moments, and a lovely heartwarming story about a boy and his dog set in the gorgeous Australian outback.

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