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Turner and Hooch Review

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OK for kids 11+

Dog-buddy comedy has lots of slobber and some violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Turner & Hooch is a mostly lighthearted '80s dog-cop buddy movie that involves the stabbing of a man and his death and (SPOILER) a dog's shooting and subsequent death. There are guns and knives present a terrifyingly large, barky, excessively slobbery dog to be trained, a lot of yelling at the dog, and some minor suggestive material (a man jokes to another man that he "needs to get laid," and a man and woman discuss whether he's thought about having sex and it's implied that they sleep together). That said, compared to most films today, the level of violence, sexuality, and murder here seem absolutely tame.

  • Families can talk about the ethical treatment of animals. Do you think Hooch was treated fairly in the film? Would a movie today involve so much yelling at a dog? Here, it plays for comedy, but in real life how are dogs typically trained when they're loud or aggressive?
  • How did Turner and Hooch affect each other? Was it a positive relationship for both of them? Why, or why not?
  • How does the violence in this film compare to that in more contemporary movies? Is it more or less realistic?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Turner & Hooch offers positive messages about loyalty, doing the right thing, and sticking with something, even though it seems hard or futile.

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    Role models: Scott Turner is an upstanding, honest, organized individual with strong ethics and a commitment to doing the right thing and treating people decently. Other adults in the film are simplistically good or bad.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A man is stabbed in the back with a knife and dies. A dog is shot, with a close-up shot of pierced skin and bleeding, and later dies. A man is shot at but not hit. A man shoots another man at close range, and he dies. Men pull knives or guns on other men in a number of instances, or guns are pulled but not fired while police investigate potential crime scenes. In a few scenes, men wrestle with guns or shots are fired. There are several slow-motion shots of a dog charging humans, in some instances pushing them down and then holding them by clamping its jaws on their throats. A man drives a car into a cement wall on purpose, sending the passenger through the glass and onto the street, bleeding.

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    Sex: A man is shown naked except for his underwear in multiple scenes. A man jokes to another man that he "needs to get laid." A man and woman discuss whether he has thought about doing "it," and he describes imagining getting his hand up her blouse; she says she imagined more than that. A man and woman kiss. Later, a man and woman are shown in robes and underwear, as if after intercourse, and rub against each other suggestively and kiss.

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    Language: Minor profanity throughout, such as "damn," "what the hell," "it's your ass on the line," and "bastard," and a man yells "shut up" numerous times to a dog that's barking loudly. Men refer to other men as "ladies" to insult them.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A dog is fed a can of beer. Later, a dog steals three cans of beer from a refrigerator and drinks them. A major plot point involves a drug-smuggling ring.