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Not recommended under 5 and parental guidance to 10 (Distressing scenes and themes).
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|Children under 5||Not recommended|
|Children aged 5–10||Parental Guidance recommended due to distressing scenes and themes.|
|Children over the age of 10||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||A Dog's Way Home|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild Themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
A Dog’s Way Home is the story of a dog named Bella, (voice of Bryce Dallas Howard) as told by her, who starts life beneath a derelict building with her mum and many cats. One day a very scary dog controller, Chuck (John Cassini), captures Bella’s mum and takes her away. One of the mother cats adopts Bella and looks after her until she’s found by Lucas (Jonah Hauer-King) who takes her home to live with him and his Mum Terri (Ashley Judd). Terri suffers from PSTD as a returned army veteran and Bella is a great help to her. Lucas, however, is Bella’s ‘person’ and he teaches her all sorts of tricks including ‘go home’ which is where she finds her own way home.
Unfortunately for Bella, Chuck is determined to catch her and lock her up. He has decided she is a dangerous Pitbull and should be destroyed. He threatens to have her euthanised if he catches her on the streets. Lucas decides to send Bella to another state, which doesn’t have this law, and intends to join her. Bella is so upset to be parted from Lucas however, that she decides to ‘go home’ before Lucas can get there. The rest of the story is Bella’s dangerous trip across New Mexico back to Denver, which covers over 600 kilometres and takes two and a half years. Along the way, Bella is attacked by wolves, befriends an orphaned cougar, is kept chained up by a homeless man and is hit by a car. Bella shows great courage in the face of adversity and is rewarded in the end by reuniting with her beloved Lucas.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Animals in peril; animals in the wild; separation from a parent.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
There was no product placement noted in this film.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language in this movie, including:
A Dog’s Way Home is a wonderful adventure story of Bella’s journey, which has both very sad and very happy moments. It is very moving to see the relationship between Bella and the mother cat, Bella and Lucas and Bella and the ‘big kitten’. It does have a happy outcome but due to the intense scenes, including scenes of a dead man and an animal, it is not recommended for very young children, and parental guidance is recommended for children over 5.
The main messages from this movie are that the bonds between dogs and their humans are very strong and that dogs are very good therapy for those with emotional and physical needs.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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