What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, like most movies featuring talking dogs (or animals of any kind, really), this upbeat adventure comedy will interest young pet lovers. The film doesn't have much in the way of iffy content except for some mild peril revolving around a dogfight promoter's mean mutt and a group of mountain lions that endanger the pup protagonist. Two dogs have a heartfelt romance, and two humans flirt. There are a few insults and some silly Mexican jokes (said by animals); e.g. "We're MexiCAN, not MexiCAN'T."
- Families can talk about the class and cultural issues the movie explores. At first, Chloe pretends not to like Papi. Why?
- How did Chloe's troubles in Mexico open her eyes to how other dogs live? Is that an important message for people too?
- What does Monte teach viewers about being proud of our heritage?
- Discuss what made kids want to see this movie -- the story, or all the advertising for it.