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My Dog Skip

children & family, comedy


KEVIN BACON, DIANE LANE and TV's newest star, FRANKIE MUNIZ ("Malcolm in the Middle") star in this heartwarming coming-of-age story about a sensitive young Southern boy who learns valuable life lessons with the help of his dog.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    73%
  • Audience Score
    68%

common sense

ON for kids age 9
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Great boy-and-dog tale, but be prepared for tears.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Dog Skip is a nostalgic "boy-and-his-dog" movie, inspired by a true story, that contains a number of violent and/or sad scenes that show animal abuse, some physical and mental repercussions of war, and the death of a beloved pet. Even when the ugly incidents take place off-camera, the sounds and implication may be disturbing. Both the boy and the dog are in danger several times, enduring taunting insults and threats from bullies and cruel moonshiners. There's some offensive language ("ass") and insults ("sissy"), and one character has a drinking problem.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about loss. How do the characters deal with loss in their lives? Is it better to love and then experience the grief that comes with loss, or to never love and never experience loss? Have you experienced any major losses in your life? How did you deal with it?
  • Families can also talk about the historical elements in the movie, including ration books, scrap drives, segregation, moonshine, etc. What's different about life in America now?
  • What makes bullies behave the way they do? Have you ever been bullied or stood up for someone being bullied?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    73%
    reviews counted: 27
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  • Audience

    68%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: They may find themselves mystified and a little bored by a movie designed to leave their adult companions misty-eyed.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh:

- Amanda Lipman, Sight and Sound, Thursday, September 28, 2006

Fresh:

- Beth Jones, Roanoke Times (Virginia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

My Dog Skip is a very good family drama. The film is quite simple, but manages to be very good. The cast do a fine job here, and lead actor Frankie Muniz is very good compared to his other film roles. This is a well acted film, one that is sure to appeal to the entire family. This film has charm, a well written story and a good dose of comedy into its drama, which makes it a memorable film. The film is nothing new, but it works well enough to be fun, dramatic, sad and entertaining. What makes this film worth watching is the performances of its cast, and the witty script which make the film much better even with a not so brand new plot. This is the type of film we've seen many times before, however it still manages in being a must see film due to a good script. This is also a well directed film, and it's one terrific film that is sure to please anyone of all ages. This is among the best family films in the last fifteen years, and it has something for everyone. The film is a must see if you're looking for the perfect family film, and it has everything you'd expect from a good family oriented drama comedy. The film is not perfect, but it still has enough going for it to make it worth watching. With a good cast, a good story and good directing, My Dog Skip is a wonderful film. This is one of those rare family films that is actually something that anyone of any age groups will surely enjoy. The film is not cheesy and is always fun, dramatic and sad.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Thursday, July 12, 2012

3 stars

My Dog Skip is a very good family drama. The film is quite simple, but manages to be very good. The cast do a fine job here, and lead actor Frankie Muniz is very good compared to his other film roles. This is a well acted film, one that is sure to appeal to the entire family. This film has charm, a well written story and a good dose of comedy into its drama, which makes it a memorable film. The film is nothing new, but it works well enough to be fun, dramatic, sad and entertaining. What makes this film worth watching is the performances of its cast, and the witty script which make the film much better even with a not so brand new plot. This is the type of film we've seen many times before, however it still manages in being a must see film due to a good script. This is also a well directed film, and it's one terrific film that is sure to please anyone of all ages. This is among the best family films in the last fifteen years, and it has something for everyone. The film is a must see if you're looking for the perfect family film, and it has everything you'd expect from a good family oriented drama comedy. The film is not perfect, but it still has enough going for it to make it worth watching. With a good cast, a good story and good directing, My Dog Skip is a wonderful film. This is one of those rare family films that is actually something that anyone of any age groups will surely enjoy. The film is not cheesy and is always fun, dramatic and sad.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Thursday, July 12, 2012

4 stars

This true story has been re-created for one reason only, to touch the hearts of all ages and to feel sympathy for a boy and his dog as he faces the challenges that every boy his age faces. This film is brilliantly acted, well casted, good-hearted, family-friendly, funny, and will have you in tears by the time the credits role. This film touched me in ways that many movies have been incapable of touching me in. There may be a few scenes that seem a little undeveloped and rushed, but that is not enough to stop this film from being what it is: amazing! I feel some charcters (particularly the bullies) are a little too quirky for such a heart-felt story, but this film knows what it is trying to accomplish, and does it with ease. It will make you think twice about life, and just how precious every living thing in life truly is. Fantastic Film!

- fb733768972, Saturday, July 30, 2011