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.
Rating:
PG (for thematic elements and some mild language)
Genre:
Drama , Kids & Family
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In Theaters:
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On DVD:
Box Office:
$3,700,000.00
Runtime:
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Cast

Joe Camp
as Newscaster No. 3
Nick Whitaker
as Colby Hatchett
Chris Kendrick
as Mr. Hatchett
Nate Bynum
as Ozzie
Lincoln Hoppe
as Donnie Madison
Scott Wilkinson
as Joe Camp
Jeff Olson
as Paul
Duane Stephens
as Sheldon
Randall Newsome
as Livingston
Benji
as herself
Shaggy
as Lizard Tongue
Margaret Loesch
as Newscaster No. 1
Gypsy
as Merlin
Carlton W. Bluford
as Dudley (Delivery Kid)
Neil Barth
as Zacharia Finch
Dava Whisenant
as Newscaster No. 2
Kathleen Camp
as Merlin's Voice, News Broadcaster #4
Scott Wilkenson
as Movie Producer
Oola
as Benji at 4 Months
Neal Barth
as Zacharia Finch
Nancy Ginger
as Benji's Mama
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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.

Full Review… | August 23, 2004
Variety
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 20, 2004
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 20, 2004
Washington Post
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Parents ... are more likely to experience the film as a blend of clumsy slapstick and mind-numbing bathos.

August 20, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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

August 20, 2004
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Benji: Off the Leash!

½

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.

Kaitlyn Jackson
Kaitlyn Jackson

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

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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½

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.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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