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Benji Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Adorable dog saves the day in '70s classic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although the potential danger of stray dogs is discussed in this film, it gives the false impression that stray dogs are safe to play with. It may also raise a false hope that a miracle will keep children from having to make necessary sacrifices. While the two kids are kidnapped, the scene plays as non-violent and not very intense.

  • Families can talk about when it's appropriate to question the rules their parents set. If Benji wasn't such a remarkable dog, would it have been okay to keep him? What can kids do to avoid being kidnapped (not talking to strangers, etc)?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A miracle prevents children from having to make a sacrifice.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Brief gun-wielding, non-violent kidnapping, threats of violence, a dog is kicked (off screen).

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue