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Why Is See Spot Run Rated PG?
The emphasis on a boy needing a father and a mother is heartwarming, and parents will appreciate the relatively few profanities; however the inclusion of typecast Mafia-style characters (who act like buffoons and tote guns everywhere they go), many flatulence jokes, reams of slapstick violence, and a running gag involving a man whose testicle was bit off by a dog, may have some parents running for the door faster than Spot.
All violence intended to be funny: FBI agents raid criminal meeting. FBI dog tracks criminal who fires back at dog. Dog attacks man and bites him in crotch, later scene alludes to man having lost a testicle. Postman says to other postman: “Don’t go postal on me.” Dummy target used for dog training suddenly blows up. Italian criminals often make reference to “whacking” the dog or a person—meaning to kill. Man is electrocuted, throwing him into a wall. Criminal is electrocuted and falls out of a window with dog biting his crotch causing him to lose other testicle. Man with gun holds people hostage. Man throws dog out of second story window. Many incidents of “slapstick” physical violence, often involving criminals threatening to use guns, and incidents of dogs attacking people.
Sexual Content: B-
Ongoing joke about character who loses testicles because of dog bites. The metal inserts that replace them cause him to “click” when walking. Man admires sensuous woman. Man claims he can pick up bill with his posterior, but gets stuck trying to do so (he is clothed). Man has pants accidentally removed, and pulls his t-shirt down as far as possible to cover his nakedness (which we do not see). Woman wearing negligee tries to seduce man.
At least: 9 mild profanities and 4 terms of Deity used as expletives.
Alcohol / Drug Use: B+
Man put in charge of young boy suggests they could have a couple of beers (which they don’t). Police ask man, who is acting strangely, if he’s been drinking. Brief scene of people drinking wine.