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Benji: Off the Leash [2004] [PG] - 0.4.1



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A man who runs a puppy mill in his backyard is abusive to his wife and son, as well as his dogs. When a female dog becomes ill from over-breeding, one of her puppies does what it can to get her away and save her. With Lincoln Hoppe, Benji, Nick Whitaker, Chris Kendrick and Randall Newsome. Directed by Joe Camp [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - A man and a woman flirt and talk about a movie date. A talking bird says "kissy, kissy" a few times. Puppies nurse from their mother. A dog licks a man on the face.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man raises his hand to hit his son. A man yells at his son, grabs him by the arm, and shoves him. A man grabs his son by the arm and squeezes him, and a police officer pulls the man away. We see a bruise on a woman's forehead and are led to believe that her husband hit her. A man grabs a dog violently; the dog struggles, bites the man on the cheek and gets away. A man grabs a bottle from a boy and throws it against a wall breaking it. A man tosses a puppy across a room (it whimpers and shakes). Two men stalk a dog, one lunges for the dog and the other shoots the first man in the buttock with a tranquilizer gun. Two men with a tranquilizer gun chase two dogs, one dog walks across a tree trunk over water, the other is frightened, and a man shoots at one dog (he misses). A dog is held at gunpoint, and another dog charges, shoving it off a ledge and into the river below (both dogs swim to safety). A dog is almost hit by a van. We hear that a dog is very sick from over-breeding and will die without immediate surgery. A man leaves a puppy to die without its mother (the puppy survives). A man threatens to "do away" with a dog. A police officer shoves a man and threatens to put him in jail. A boy holds a man back from harming dogs in a few scenes -- at one point, the boy jumps on the man's back and is tossed onto the ground. We hear that a dog is sick and see the dog becoming weak and sickly. Two men lunge for a dog and knock their heads together, two men fall into a puddle of mud (their faces are covered with mud and one spits some out), and a man is kicked in the buttocks by a cow (we hear the man yell). Two dogs fall into a garbage can and struggle to get out by tipping the can over. A dog falls off a fence and lands in a garbage can. A man walks into woods carrying a small sack, and tosses it over a ledge into a river below (we are not told what the sack contained). We see dirty conditions of a backyard puppy breeding operation and see dogs locked in cages. A dog is taken out of a pickup truck and is abandoned on a country road. A boy climbs out through his bedroom window and slides across a clothesline to the ground. A boy searches for a puppy in an abandoned house (we hear the puppy crying). Two men yell at each other. A man yells when he finds a salami half-eaten. A dog jumps onto a table, knocks a flower pot off, which falls to the ground and breaks; the dog jumps again flinging a trowel into the air and causing more noise.

PROFANITY 1 - 5 mild anatomical terms. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Animal shelters, mass breeding of dogs, spousal and child abuse, animal abuse, compassion, freedom, companionship, animal abandonment, sadness at the loss of an animal companion.

MESSAGE - Dogs are smarter than people. Inhumane treatment of animals is inexcusable.

(Note: A man drinks beer.)

Special Keywords: S0 - V4 - P1 - MPAAPG

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