Benji Movie Poster
  • Released
  • October 17, 1974
  • G, 1 hr 26 min
  • Comedy
  • 33 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Benji, originally released as a feature film in 1974, has been remastered and was released on Blu-ray in 2018. More than half of the movie consists of pastoral and small-town sequences in which Benji, an adorable stray who can do "miraculous" things, romps through his surroundings on his own or in the company of Tiffany, another delightful little dog. It's only in the second half that conflict builds and Benji and his friends are in danger. Sensibilities have changed over the decades, and though it originally received an MPAA rating of G, the movie contains some scenes (e.g., two kids are kidnapped, gagged, and held captive) that may be frightening for kids who cannot distinguish between real and pretend violence. And some scenes in which little kids and dogs are in trouble (spoiler alert: a dog is kicked and its well-being is unknown for some time) may be disturbing for some older, more sensitive kids, as well. Of course, a stray dog is this movie's hero, and parents might want to caution kids about interacting with stray animals. Benji appeared in a number of sequels following the success of this original movie. It's easy to see why.

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