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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
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 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 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®

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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

2 stars

Cute, but no recommendable movie.

- fb100002359227440, Saturday, January 28, 2012