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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.

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
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 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?
  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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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


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


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

Audience Reviews

4 stars

One of the best dog films that I ever saw.

- erika250, Thursday, June 3, 2010

3 stars

This was a beautiful movie about a boy and his dog. Really touching. I cried at the end. I love that dog!

- YosemiteSamFan, Friday, July 13, 2007

4 stars

"My Dog Skip" is the heartfelt story about a 9-year-old only-child named Willie (Frankie Muniz), and his pet dog, Skip. Before getting Skip for a pet, Willie is shy, lonely, and he's struggling in other ways such as being picked on by bullies. What Willie needs most at this point in his life is a friend. And Skip will turn out to be much more than just a normal friend. "My Dog Skip" is one of the best movies I've seen in awhile without a doubt. Not only is it a story of a boy and his dog, it's a story about coming of age, friendship, how many of us grow up then want to be a kid again, and much much more. Usually, I'm not all that crazy about a movie being overloaded with subplots, but "My Dog Skip" is an exception. There are many subplots such as Frankie's idol going into World War II, Frankie being picked on by bullies and struggling with baseball, and more. While the target audience of "My Dog Skip" is probably more geared toward kids, I really liked the movie a lot. I'm only 21, so my childhood hasn't been over for that long, but I can honestly say that "My Dog Skip" made me feel like a kid again while I was watching it, and that's about the best thing it could've done. Also, I'm not an only-child, but my parents got a divorce when I wasn't but eight, and I didn't have any siblings to struggle through the divorce alongside me, so I can relate a lot to what Frankie was going through both before and after he met his best friend named Skip. If you have any kids (especially only-childs or divorce-stricken ones), or if you're a kid at heart, do them or yourself a favor and purchase "My Dog Skip." Not only is it one of the best family movies to come along in awhile, it's one of the best movies in any genre that you could purchase. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. Wow, I remember loving the movie, but that old review of mine back when I was barely old enough to drink makes me want to see this again to see how it holds up!

- stormyweather980, Monday, September 14, 2009