Far From Home: Adventures of Yellow Dog
Entertainment: +3 1/2
Acceptability: +3

If you liked OLD YELLER but hated the ending, you'll love FAR FROM HOME. This is a touching film about a boy named Angus (Jesse Bradford), his dog Yellow and their most incredible journey. McCormick, Angus' father (Bruce Davidson), delivers propane by boat to local islands. But when Angus, Yellow and McCormick set sail for a week long trip to Winter Harbor, a fierce storm hits and their boat capsizes. McCormick is rescued, but Angus and Yellow are lost in the storm. They end up stranded on an uninhabited beach and venture into the wilderness to find their way home. Each must rely on the other, from fighting off wolves to consuming bugs for food. Throughout the search for the boy and his dog, the family remains strong and hopeful. Angus' mother (Mimi Rogers) is loving, supportive and encourage to McCormick and their younger son, Silas. FAR FROM HOME is a feel good, boy and dog conquer all adventure not often experienced in today's movie climate. It promises to entertain both kids and adults with suspense, humor and drama.

FAR FROM HOME is truly a story about loyalty and hope. Angus is the devoted master and Yellow, his loyal protector and friend. Violence is minimal, except for the scene of wolves starting to attack Angus. Yellow is forced to fight, but the confrontation takes place at night and is somewhat obscured. Some young viewers may be disturbed by the viciousness, however. Angus has a deep respect for all life. He is unable to kill a wild rabbit for sport, but when he and Yellow face starvation, he is forced to kill one for food. The killing, however, is off-screen. Only two slang obscenities and one mild crudity are spoken, undoubtedly to avoid a G rating. The only disappointment in the film is the absence of God. Through all their trials, the family never prays. And when the mother is asked by Silas about heaven, she is unable to respond. However, it is great to see an otherwise healthy, loving family portrayed on the big screen.

Preview Reviewer: Sherry Oswald
Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corp., 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Crude Language: Once - Mild
Obscene Language: Twice (no f- or s-words)
Profanity: None
Violence: Several times - Moderate (shipwreck in violent storm; wolf attack; dog falls into river; rabbit killed for food)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time:
Intended Audience: Age 8 and older

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