Parents' Guide to

Lassie (2014)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Updated, wholesome series has some scary moments.

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The updated version of the classic series still centers on the close relationship between a child and an equally loving dog. It offers an engaging story world that is more diverse, and less patriarchal, than the original, but still delivers a sense of wholesomeness as family and friends come together, support each other, and enjoy their natural surroundings. As is typical in the franchise, their adventures can lead to some perilous moments, but the heroic dog goes to great lengths to ensure the safety of those who love her. Meanwhile, some of Lassie's animal friends (all of whom speak to each other) sometimes cause a little harmless mischief.

But despite its contemporary spin, Lassie stays away from discussions about environmentalism and climate change, despite the fact that these discussions could easily become part of the narrative. Some folks may feel that this is a missed opportunity, but others will like the fact that this version of Lassie continues the tradition of offering simple, family-friendly stories produced for a new generation of young viewers to enjoy.

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