A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Marty tries to do the right thing. The story encourages kids to follow their hearts.
Violence & Scariness
One scene of animal abuse; the kids fall in the river and their lives are threatened, but it's handled with a light hand. The boys think they see two different dead bodies.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that a character throws a dog against a fence and threatens to beat it with a bat. The boys think they see two different dead bodies. Dara Lynn falls into a rushing river, and Marty goes in after her. Both kids, and little Shiloh, nearly drown. Escaped convicts chase after Marty and David, threatening to hurt them. Marty makes friends with a suspicious and dog-abusing old man. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Saving Shiloh is all heart with an unfortunately large helping of earnest platitudes, unrealistic language, and little plot to save it. While it would be an engaging children's book , there are too many after-school specials running amok here. None of the story lines get enough traction to develop drama or suspense, and the viewer is left confused about how he's supposed to feel and why he should care. The only exception is the final scene, which follows through on the promise of the title and manages to be heartwarming.
The saving grace of Saving Shiloh is the powerful and complex performance by Scott Wilson as the wounded Judd. Since many of the other characters are wooden and sanctimonious, the viewer grows to root for Judd simply because he's the most human. In the end, Saving Shiloh will be a treat for those hooked on the series' earlier installments. For all others, consider the first movie in this series for context and to see if your kids warm to the story.
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