Benji: Off the Leash! Poster

Release Date: August 20th, 2004

DVD Release Date: December 28th, 2004

PG|1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary
Young Colby (Nick Whitaker) rescues a puppy from his abusive dog-breeding stepfather, Hatchett (Chris Kendrick). Under Colby's care, the canine grows up to be handsome Benji, the mongrel hero. Benji soon teams up with Lizard Tongue, a local stray, to rescue his mother before she dies of overbreeding. As Benji and his friend try to get his mother away from Hatchett, they must avoid animal-control officers Sheldon (Duane Stephens) and Livingston (Randall Newsome).

Cast: Nick Whitaker, Nate Bynum, Chris Kendrick, Randall Newsome, Dane Stevens, Christy Summerhays, Kathleen Camp, Jeff Olson

Director: Joe Camp

Genres: Drama, Family

Production Co: Myriad Pictures, Mulberry Square Productions

Keywords: Rescue, Small town, Emotional, Mother, Love, 2000s, Rise, Amusing

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  • Falls flat, enlivened only by the performances of its two charismatic lead dogs. The story is heavy-handed, and the human performances are, at their worst, caricatured. show more

  • Benji is back, which is good news for youngsters and pet-loving families. Film lovers perhaps should steer clear, however, as hokey melodrama and sloppy comedy fill the gaps between neat dog tricks. show more

  • Not one of the great dog movies, but it's a good one, abandoning wall-to-wall cuteness for a drama about a homeless puppy. show more

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