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A Dog Of Flanders Review


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One of my standard pieces of advice for parents searching for movies that both they and their kids can enjoy is to seek out live-action animal films in which the pets do not talk. Normally, such films are philosophical lightweights -- not raising any issues at all. Also, they are propaganda lightweights -- not placing in the standard moral imperatives that you find in children's movies.

A Dog of Flanders is one of many exceptions to this rule.

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A Dog Of Flanders Review


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A well-intentioned adaptation of a popular 19th Century children's story, the unfortunate film "A Dog of Flanders" plays like one of those medicinal family movies kids of generations past used to reluctantly watch over Sunday night TV dinners once the football games were over.

Full of flat acting from apple-cheeked children and miscast demi-stars with (at best) waning marquee power, it's a Dickensian yarn about a Dutch orphan who lives with his dying grandfather, saves a mangy mutt (easily the ugliest movie dog in history) from a cruel owner, develops a crush on a judgmental mill owner's daughter, discovers his inborn ability to paint through the tutelage of a wise old mentor and his admiration for the works of Peter Paul Rubens, enters an art contest and loses, gets booted from his modest home by a mean old landlord, and just about every other cheap, dramatic Victorian-era cliche you can think of.

Saddled with shopworn roadblocks (falsely accused of starting a barn fire, caught in a blizzard) to an inevitably happy ending that, of course, involves a revelation about the boy's father (one which the audience picks up on in the second reel), "A Dog of Flanders" is so busy dolling out life lessons that director Kevin Brodie apparently never stopped to think about making the movie entertaining.

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One of my standard pieces of advice for parents searching for movies that both they...

A Dog Of Flanders Movie Review

A Dog Of Flanders Movie Review

A well-intentioned adaptation of a popular 19th Century children's story, the unfortunate film "A Dog...

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