A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Through discussion and example, this film discusses the importance of empathy in trying to understand why people behave the way they do. The film also discusses the differences between truth and gossip, and why it's wrong to engage in gossip.
Positive Role Models
Miss Talbot is a teacher who imparts valuable lessons to her students about empathy and the importance of speaking the truth instead of engaging in idle gossip. Marty learns empathy, and, while it's difficult for him initially, he learns to engage in kind, selfless actions toward Judd.
Violence & Scariness
A truck is found flipped over with an injured man inside. A grouchy older character is shown shooting his hunting rifle at birds. A little girl is chased by angry attack dogs; one of the dogs bites her in the leg, breaking the skin and drawing a tiny amount of blood.
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A little girl says that spinach looks like "poop."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The antagonist is frequently shown drinking from cans of beer and spitting out chewing tobacco. He is also frequently shown drinking while driving his truck, causing the truck to swerve across dirt roads, and, in one instance, nearly running a boy over.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season is a 1999 movie that is as much about the importance of empathy as a positive virtue as it is about the titular little beagle. The antagonist of the movie -- a mean old man disliked by everyone -- is frequently shown drinking beer, spitting chewing tobacco, firing his hunting rifle, and sending his mean dogs in pursuit of innocent little kids. There are also scenes where he's shown drinking and driving, culminating in an accident in which his truck falls off a bridge and flips over. What separates this movie from so many others is that the characters take the time to try and understand the "bad guy," thus making him a little more than a two-dimensional cartoon. The values of kindness and truth are discussed and shown as the better alternatives to hatred and gossip, and should inspire family discussions about the importance of these behaviors in day-to-day life. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
What makes this movie stand out from so many other movies with "bad guys" is its attempt to try and understand the "bad guy" and why he behaves the way he does. Most movies are content to have a bad character and leave it at that, but Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season attempts to show that some people who grew up under abusive circumstances and became mean as a result can be reformed through steady acts of kindness.
This doesn't entirely make up for the mostly flat acting and slow pace of the movie, but with a bit of luck, such actions and discussion should get families thinking about the behaviors of those around them, and why people might act the way they do. This is a mostly wholesome movie, in spite of the drinking and driving and a scary scene involving three angry dogs chasing after a little girl. And, for dog lovers, there are plenty of scenes of Shiloh the adorable little beagle bonding with Marty and the entire Peterson family.
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