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Overall Rating
4

Awesome: 29.55%
Worth A Look54.55%
Just Average: 4.55%
Pretty Crappy: 9.09%
Sucks: 2.27%

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My Dog Skip
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by Erik Childress

"Skip is One of the Great Movie Dogs Of All Time"
4 stars

My Dog Skip (*** Ĺ) (Out of 4) Ė Everyone has a weakness when they go to the movies. Whether it be gushy romance, shoot Ďem up action or quality kills Ė there is at least one genre or one thing that people canít resist. Mine is movies about dogs. Good movies about dogs. And My Dog Skip ranks as one of the best.

Set in 1942 during the war, the story follows the growing up of young Willie, who on his ninth birthday receives the best friend heíll ever have with Skipper Ė Skip for short. His father, a war veteran who lost his leg, doesnít think his son is ready for a dog and in a heartbreaking scene, takes it away from him almost as soon as his mom gives it to him. In a lesser film, Willieís father (nicely played by Kevin Bacon) would just be seen as coldhearted and a meanie, but here we understand his reasoning as heís more concerned about potential grieve for his son if anything should ever happen to Skip. Nevertheless, he is convinced by his wife to keep him, thus beginning the wonderful relationship between a boy and his dog. Skip takes Willie through the steps of dealing with girls, race relations and dealing with bullies. The way Willie scores a touchdown in the football game with the kids that torment him is unquestionably priceless. So is the one Willie trains Skip to be one of the dogs to join in the fight against Hitler. Skip, hopefully, is destined to go down as one of the great movie dogs of all time. There is also a nicely involving subplot involving Willieís initial friend Dink Jenkins, a popular town jock. When he goes off to war in the beginning, we fear the worse, and are really taken off-guard when he returns to a fate almost worse than death. Luke Wilson brings a nice hometown quality to Dink and their friendship is touching. A heart-to-heart talk between Willie and his dad in the woods as a poor deer is shot by hunters is also very moving. For some reason, dog movies always have to have villains. And not just ordinary villains Ė but the slimiest, dirtiest most evil creatures that would turn James Bondís stomach. They are here in the form of a couple of moonshiners played by Peter Crombie (ďCrazyĒ Joe Davola from Seinfeld) and one of the kings of scary movie guys, Clint Howard. Since the story is based on true events and I have yet to read the memoir itís based on, Iíll accept it here. Now I admit it. Iím a sucker for a good dog movie. And Iím not talking about movies like K-9 and Turner and Hooch. Iím referring to films such as Homeward Bound, Benji the Hunted and Shiloh, movies about dogs with true personalities who either know how to fend for themselves or aid their owners in growing up and lessons about life. Not often does a film come along and touch my heart so profoundly. I can count the number of movies Iíve cried at on my two hands and the movies I will continue to cry at with each successive viewing on merely one. E.T. is a dead giveaway as one of the latter and what man can contain himself during the ending to Field of Dreams. But I challenge anyone with a heart, who had a dog growing up (as I still do Ė Gizmo) not to be emotionally wrung during the final half hour, starting with a moment on a baseball field that flung me back in my chair and had me covering my mouth. I was a mess for the rest of the movie, and just when I had composed myself, some final images of an older Skip started me going all over again.

Is it just overly melodramatic? Perhaps. The music lays it on pretty thick throughout and I can see that. My Dog Skip is in no way a perfect film - Iíd still like to know what Willieís parents thought of him spending all night in a graveyard on a dare. But itís all perfectly suited for such a well-written, well-acted tale of growing up that I couldnít help but relate to on certain levels. Perhaps time will tell, but I know I can at least count My Dog Skip the next time I have a conversation about tears at the movies.

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User Comments

6/25/09 robert petrie If a man who had dog as a boy,you will CRY!!! 5 stars
8/23/06 Maria It was great. Especially the dog, it's gorgeous. I hope it stil live! 5 stars
1/31/05 Jeff Anderson A wonderful family film with terrific acting by K. Bacon, D. Lane, & especially F. Muniz!!! 5 stars
9/20/04 Valerie A good family film. 3 stars
9/28/03 JJ Oh those heart-felt dog days of our youth! Nice family movie. 4 stars
6/05/03 R.W. Welch Not what you'd call compelling, but a nicely acted nostalgia piece. 3 stars
5/23/03 Biff Boffo *blowing into my hanky* 5 stars
3/07/03 Jack Sommersby Well-acted by Bacon and Lane, but it's ho-hum writing dooms it. 2 stars
9/14/02 Gil Carlson Saw it on TV and still cried like a baby, very moving story 5 stars
12/13/01 Andrew Carden Confusing and Almost Unwatchable Movie. Bad Performances, With Mindless Scripts. 2 stars
4/09/01 Gary Great flick! This is for all pet lovers. I shed tears for hours afterwards! 5 stars
3/12/01 fifu a very good emotional movie 5 stars
2/03/01 Turtle It was okay, but not the greatest. 4 stars
1/22/01 Bob De Angelis Everyone (adults and Children) should see it. 5 stars
9/25/00 Jed This is one of those "believe the hype" type of movies do see it. 5 stars
8/06/00 Jed Yes even I was teary but once you see it I don't think you can blame me. 5 stars
4/03/00 Donna heart warming, just a great movie 5 stars
4/03/00 JonnyAngel charming, my darling 4 stars
3/26/00 The Bomb 69 I enjoyed it but my 7 and 5 year olds were bored 4 stars
3/26/00 Instead MY GOD SKIP this movie!!!! 2 stars
3/26/00 ITCHYPINGY the dog is so ugly it makes me want to get a cat! meoow! 1 stars
3/26/00 Instead MY GOD SKIP this movie!!!! 2 stars
3/16/00 Bozo Wished it was 'awesome': Muniz is amazing, tho,and I cried like a bitch at the end 4 stars
3/06/00 BillDog It is a sappy film, but as long as you go in knowing that, it is good. 4 stars
3/05/00 Estee Definitely a step up from a dog movie like Air Bud....It had heart. You will cry!! 5 stars
3/04/00 bingo excellent, well done, bravo, good movies dont have to have vulgarity and sex! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  03-Mar-2000 (PG)
  DVD: 11-Jul-2006

UK
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Australia
  02-Jun-2000


Directed by
  Jay Russell

Written by
  Gail Gilchriest

Cast
  Diane Lane
  Kevin Bacon
  Luke Wilson
  Frankie Muniz
  Clint Howard
  Harry Connick Jr.



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