Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2

Content: +3 1/2

This touching, meaningful family film is a sequel to the original SHILOH film released just two years ago. It takes place in a small rural West Virginia town where Ray and Louise Preston (Michael Moriarty and Ann Dowd) are raising their 12 year old son Marty (Zachary Browne) and two young daughters to respect others and live by traditional values. But this is becoming increasingly difficult as a harsh, beer-guzzling old man, Judd Travers (Scott Wilson), keeps falsely accusing Marty of deceptively taking his favorite dog, Shiloh, untying Judds dogs to run loose and scratching the paint on his truck. Judd also persists in illegally hunting on the Prestons land. But in spite of Judds harsh nature, the Prestons try to win him over with kindness. One night, Marty finds Judd pinned under his wrecked truck and calls for help. He and his family show kindness and concern for Judd in a variety of ways, but Judd resists their friendly overtures. Even so, they are determined to be his friend. SHILOH 2 is a rather conventional story that at times seems contrived, but it does have some action and plot twists which enhance its entertainment value. The young dog Shiloh is clever and lovable and almost steals the show. The film will probably appeal primarily to children between the ages of 6 and 12.

This family film is full of commendable messages. Marty is admonished always to tell the truth and to show love and kindness to others, particularly to Judd. He and his parents give food to Judd during his recovery period and visit him to express their concern. The local doctor points out that Judd grew up under harsh, abusive family conditions, which partially accounts for his behavior and character. Realistically, Marty has his shortcomings and yields to a friends suggestion to spy on Judd, which gets the boys in trouble. Martys school teacher and her students also show concern for Judd and send him get well cards. Although rated PG, the film has no foul language, excessive violence or sexual content, and Judds beer drinking is portrayed as undesirable. Apparently the film is not rated G because Marty and his sisters use a slang word for dog waste, although not in a crude manner. This meaningful family film wins our hearty approval.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Legacy Releasing,1800 N. Highland Ave., Ste. 311, Hollywood, CA 90028

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Several times - moderate (Running over threat, chase and gun shot threats, dogs attack girl and one bites her, woman fights off dogs with stick, man injured in truck accident)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Many times (Man drinks beer frequently, and gets slightly drunk few times)

Other: Many desirable messages concerning telling truth, kindness, gossip, and love and concern for others. Children use slang term for dog waste (poop), but not in crude way.

Running Time: 96 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 6 and up

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