Red Dog (2011) Saturday, 11 July 2020

Red Dog (2011)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes, coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    A Dog for everyone.

  • Starring:

    Noah Taylor, Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rohan Nichol, Luke Ford, Arthur Angel, John Batchelor, Koko

  • Directed by:

    Kriv Stenders

  • Running time:

    92 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicide attempt (drowning/shark attack). People are tackled, slammed against walls, headlocked, punched, shoved, wrestled, attacked by a cat, killed in a motorcycle accident (implied-carnage seen). Explosion (man killed). Animals are held at gunpoint, poisoned (off-screen, possibly by accident), near-hit by car, attacked by a cat, shot/shot at. People encourage a dog to maul a live bird. Arguing, scream. Slit your throat, stick him like a pig, man attacked by a great white shark, wife and child kid in auto accident, acts of violence, family rescued from fire mentioned. Barking, growling, hissing. Blood/gore: Corpse, coffin. An animal is operated on (in background), given an enema (off-screen). Dead/bloodied roo on road. Bloody cut, bandage. Wound-dressing. Severe sunburn, bite scars. Stitches mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple in bed together (sex implied). Flirting, kissing. Men in singlets/short-shorts, underwear; shirtless man. A man talks about beautiful women/fighting over women. Whoring mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer). Intoxication. Bar setting. Gambling (betting on eating competition). Anti-convulsants, [on] drugs mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Cr*p, bastard, p*ss, ass. Name-calling. Religous exclamations (by God, oh my God).

  • THEMES:

    Western Australia, mining towns, best friends, community, loyalty, jealousy, relationships, town pets, the outback, romance, love, engagement, humour, stories, suicide, death, grief, hitchhiking, unlikely friendships, mates.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead fiance, dead pet. Dead wife/daughter mentioned. Birth scene, engagement, wedding scene, funeral scene. Dogs, puppy, flock of birds, chicken, cat, shark. Dog farts. Fishing. Meaty dog bone, barbecuing meat. Light plane. Based on real events. Based on the book Red Dog by Louis de Bernières.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Charming, quirky, endearing, funny, moving, Aussie, vibrant, loveable, rare, heartwrenching, delightful, witty, funny, nostalgic, intimate, rewarding, involving, entertaining, eccentric, enjoyable, touching. Emotionally engaging, superb cast, terrific performances, lovely story, likeable/colourful characters, strong sense of place, great chemistry between Josh Lucas and Rachael Taylor, beautiful/superb/vivid/rich cinematography, wonderful/impressive 1970s period design, real-non-CGI performance by Koko as Red Dog.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    A liitle overacted/overstated/sentimental/episodic.

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