The Retrievers

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Adorable puppies are the highlight of illogical movie.

NR 2007 85 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 1 review

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Community Reviews

age 5+

I liked it, mostly.

I like this film. It was easy to watch and I feel like the negative reviews are people being a bit petty about the parents rehoming the pups to random people (that is the storyline after all). However I was upset by the news that one pup had been run over by a tractor, I felt this was unnecessary and without this the film would have been nicer and very happy without any sad undertones to it ( and if you are like me you wouldn’t have stopped thinking about the poor pup throughout the film ) anyway apart from that, overall I think the film was quite good. It is a sweet, simple story and doesn’t require much thought.
age 5+

Good Family Movie, Some Odd Decisions

So, I almost didn’t turn this on after the reviews I read, but I’m glad we did. I think people have ping’ed on things they are particularly sensitive to, as opposed to outlandish issues with the movie itself. I thought it was an enjoyable family movie, that was quite clean. It had a late80s/early 90s feel to me, despite being listed as early 2000s. I would watch it again. My Opinions on some topics other reviewers ping’ed on (here and other sites): 1) mediocre acting - isn’t that expected in these 80s/90s-feel, family puppy movies?, 2) Dad briefly (a few seconds) entered a house through a window to look for a puppy. An obvious bad decision, but it wasn’t left hanging. The Mom called it out as a bad decision and asked “do you want to go to jail?” and it stopped there. They did stay on the property to talk to the owner when they got home. 3) It’s a bit odd to go around asking people to give their new pets back. Makes for an interesting movie but you may want to let your kids know that you can’t do that in real life. 4) There is a short scene where it is implied that a puppy was run over by a tractor (which is later confirmed in a conversation ). I was worried about this scene after the reviews but it really wasn’t overdone (in my opinion). The Dad found out from the farmer and had to tell the rest of the family. Kids might miss the scene or not understand it, but the Dad tells the son, the Mom, then the daughter, so they will hear that the puppy has passed. I honestly wouldn’t have even mentioned it, if I hadn’t read several reviews where people had a problem with it. Pros: Clean movie!! This seems hard to find anymore, but it was clean. Most bad decisions were turned around by the end of the movie(except asking for your puppies back). The Dad chose family over work, kids attitudes turned around, etc Pretty enjoyable

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