• PG, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama, Kids & Family
  • Directed By:
    Joe Camp
    In Theaters:
    Aug 20, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 28, 2004
  • Mulberry Square Releasing


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Benji - Off the Leash Reviews

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Sarah P

Super Reviewer

February 13, 2011
Really bad acting. It was kind of annoying to watch.
Anthony V

Super Reviewer

May 29, 2008
Forced to watch, but it turned out to be enjoyable. Nice subplot with puppy mill.
February 11, 2012
Cute and funny just like good family movies should be. Reminds of all the Benji movies I watched and enjoyed when I was a kid.
September 5, 2006
in my opinion this is the best benji movie ever made i just luv this adorable dog! and how dare the dad do that to all the poor doggies and especially to his female?! i mean seriously im sooo glad he gets arrested in the end of the movie!
July 11, 2010
This film makes this puppy even more adorable.
Ian Z.
December 17, 2010
One of the worst movies I have ever seen. I was only watching it because I was babysitting otherwise I would have shut it off 5 min into it. It is terribly boring, the acting is horrendous and the script is crap. Do not under any circumstances see this film. This film still retains the same director from the other Benji movies.This one is just like the others except much worse.
March 5, 2009
Typical Benji family film, overly sentimental with acting below par. Of course the animals are adorable and do cute things. Light entertainment, not very memorable.
Jason Michaud
August 29, 2004
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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000]SCORE: 48 % Thumbs Down[/color][/font][/size]

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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] [u]Initial Reaction: [/u]Benji? Who?s he?[/color][/font][/size]

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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] [u]Main Characters[/u][/color][/font][/size]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] Lizard Tongue and Shaggy: Two puppies vying for the job of the next Benji.[/color][/font][/size]

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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] [u]Plot Summary[/u][/color][/font][/size]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] The story starts off with a boy named Colby bringing a dog to an abandoned house. The dog is a female and Colby is bringing her to three of her young.[/color][/font][/size]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] Soon afterwards, Colby?s father, a dog breeder named Hatchett, shows up, looking for the mother dog. He sees the puppies, takes two of the three. The third one named Shaggy, he rejects because it?s a ?mutt.?[/color][/font][/size]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] Meanwhile, a pair of Animal Control officers is looking to bust Hatchett for mistreating the dogs he breeds. They find another dog they named Lizard Tongue because the dog has a long tongue.[/color][/font][/size]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] The dogs run all over the place with the people running about as well, there are other people in the move (a guy named Cumudgeon, a diner owner as well as Colby?s mother). The goal for the dogs, and Colby, is to rescue the canine mother who?s being abused by Hatchett.[/color][/font][/size]

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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000]SCORING
[u]Main[/u][u] Male Characters[/u][/color][/font][/size]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] The dogs are cute an adorable and they do act naturally. But there?s too much running about and not enough emphasis on how they interact. SCORE: [b]5[/b][/color][/font][/size]

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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] [u]Supporting Cast[/u][/color][/font][/size]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] Hatchett lays on his nasty persona a little too thick and the other characters don?t really fly off the screen. SCORE: [b]3[/b].[/color][/font][/size]

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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] [u]Plot[/u][/color][/font][/size]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] There is too much of a good thing ? this story could?ve been better if Lizard Tongue and Cumudgeon weren?t in it and more emphasis was put on the Shaggy, Colby and their quest to save Shaggy?s mother from Hatchett. SCORE: [b]2.[/b][/color][/font][/size]

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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] [u]Originality[/u][/color][/font][/size]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] There are many films with animal actors running about to get freedom, but most of those have the animals acting. Also, few of those films take the hard look at animal abuse that this film does ([i]Two Brothers[/i] instantly comes to mind). SCORE: [b]7[/b].[/color][/font][/size]

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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] [u]Violence Factor[/u][/color][/font][/size]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] Nothing really bad, except for the part where Hatchett throws a puppy across the room. SCORE: [b]9.[/b][/color][/font][/size]

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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000][b] [/b][u]Other Moral Issues[/u][/color][/font][/size]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] The basic moral message about saving dogs from bad owners got lost in all of the chases and side stories. SCORE: [b]3.[/b][/color][/font][/size]

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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] [u]Final Score (out of 60):[b] 29[/b][/u] [/color][/font][/size]
[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] [u]% Score:[b] 48%[/b][/u][/color][/font][/size]
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[size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=#000000] [i]Benji: Off the Leash[/i] needs to put a leash on the plotline ? it wanders about too much.[/color][/font][/size]

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