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Benji: Off the Leash! (2004)

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Directed by Joe Camp, Benji: Off the Leash! follows the plight of three underdogs: Benji, who is literally a dog; the funny but none-too-bright Sheldon; and Colby, a 14-year-old facing some real problems. The unlikely trio is brought together by the nefarious efforts of an ill-intentioned puppy breeder who wants to use Benji's mother in an irresponsible backyard puppy mill. The film serves as a prequel of sorts to the Benji franchise, and features Chris Kendrick, Nick Whitaker, Duane Stephens, Randall Newsome, and, of course, Benji the Dog.

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Cast

Nick Whitaker
as Colby Hatchett
Benji
as herself
Chris Kendrick
as Mr. Hatchett
Randall Newsome
as Livingston
Neal Barth
as Zacharia Finch
Carlton W. Bluford
as Dudley (Delivery Kid)
Neil Barth
as Zacharia Finch
Lincoln Hoppe
as Donnie Madison
Scott Wilkenson
as Movie Producer
Margaret Loesch
as Newscaster No. 1
Dava Whisenant
as Newscaster No. 2
Joe Camp
as Newscaster No. 3
Oola
as Benji at 4 Months
Shaggy
as Lizard Tongue
Nancy Ginger
as Benji's Mama
Gypsy
as Merlin
Kathleen Camp
as Merlin's Voice, News Broadcaster #4
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Critic Reviews for Benji: Off the Leash!

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (17)

A mildly pleasant, aggressively retro kidpic that should please undemanding moppets without unduly boring their parents.

August 23, 2004
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All the Benji productions have had a high corn content, but in this one, even the corn is cheap.

August 20, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

The overall unevenness of tone is the movie's biggest flaw, but the slo-mo scenes of doggie derring-do are quite funny, and the message about how to treat both humans and animals evergreen.

August 20, 2004 | Full Review…

Parents ... are more likely to experience the film as a blend of clumsy slapstick and mind-numbing bathos.

August 20, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Long before the happy ending arrives, even the most dedicated dog lover will have ceased to care.

August 20, 2004

It all plays very much like an extremely drawn-out episode of Lassie updated with references to child, spousal and dog abuse.

August 20, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for Benji: Off the Leash!

Really bad acting. It was kind of annoying to watch.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

½

Forced to watch, but it turned out to be enjoyable. Nice subplot with puppy mill.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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