A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some parents will object to the anti-intellectualism of the movie, which seems to promote an irresponsible all play and no work point of view.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Comic violence, including child in peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Extremely vulgar humor for PG.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking as a guy thing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has some mild language, as well as offensive terms like "retarded," testicle and dog poop "humor," and scenes of mild comic violence (lots of property destruction, no one hurt). Some families may be concerned about Benny telling Gordon that he should not get involved with a woman who has a child. And some will object to the anti-intellectualism of the movie, which seems to promote an irresponsible all play and no work point of view. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Feel free to skip this flop. SEE SPOT RUN is rated-PG and heavily marketed to kids, but in the first ten minutes, the title character pooch bites off a bad guy's testicle. This is family entertainment? There's also an extended sequence with the main character sliding around in dog poop. Are you laughing yet? This movie can't even manage the dumb comedy level, even by the low standards of the genre. It does not require suspension of disbelief – it requires abandonment of basic principles of logic, consistency, and cause and effect. It is too dumb for anyone over 8 and too vulgar for anyone under 12. Come to think of it, it is too dumb and too vulgar for anyone of any age.
On the positive side, the friendship between Gordon and Benny is very nice. They tease each other, but they count on each other, and Benny proudly tells a group of rival break-dancers that Gordon is his best friend. Gordon and Jimmy talk about how to cope with not having one or both parents. And the end of the movie, in which Gordon makes his commitment to Jimmy clear, is also well done. This, however, is not enough to make the movie worthwhile.
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