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Summer's Shadow

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Squeaky-clean dog caper is weighed down by heavy themes.

Movie NR 2015 85 minutes
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Although it has a lot of similarities to the Adventures of Bailey series, SUMMER'S SHADOW is missing some of the fun and lightheartedness that made those films enjoyable. Most of the characters are dealing with intense issues such as divorce, loneliness, bullying, or illness, and a few scenes romping with Shadow aren't enough to lift the gloom. Also, much of the film focuses on adult issues that are honestly quite boring, such as hiring an honest developer to finish building the neighborhood. The scenes that deal with why Jessica is single and why Summer's parents' relationship fell apart also feel a bit out of place in a kids' movie.

Parents no doubt will appreciate how great of a role model Summer is, especially when she stands up for Lanny against the popular girls. But kids will wish for more fun dog scenes and less adult talk.

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