Parents' Guide to

See Spot Run

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Too dumb and too vulgar for anyone.

Movie PG 2001 94 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Cute and Funny

age 15+

Should have been rated PG-13.

No films that include off-screen castration and off-screen indecent exposure after his boxers being ripped off should ever receive a PG rating at all. Oh, my God! What was MPAA thinking? Avoid the childish title at all costs. It’s like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Even 1968’s Barbarella should have earn an R rating on DVD.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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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