Red Dog movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This Australian comedy-drama with dashes of romance for families is emotional. But the fact that it’s a true story just leaves it to shatter your heart. It’s a brilliant story of loss and it’s a well-crafted film.


A clever dog known throughout the community unites everyone whilst searching the Australian outback for his long-lost master.

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Movie details

Director: Kriv Stenders
Cast: Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, John Batchelor, Noah Taylor, Rohan Nichol, Luke Ford, Arthur Angel, Keisha Castle-Hughes
Writer: Daniel Taplitz
Release Date (Australia): 4 August 2011
Runtime: 92 minutes/1h 32m
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Country: Australia
Language: English


Themes (PG)

The film contains thematic elements including death, grief and references to a motorcycle accident.

Violence (PG)

The film contains several scenes in which men are depicted engaging in fist-fights.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film includes use of the words “bloody”, “arse”, “bastard”, “crapping” and “whoring”.

Drug Use (G)

A man asks another man if he is on drugs.

Sex (PG)

The film contains sexual references in the form of verbal references to large breasts and a scene in which an implicitly nude couple are viewed in bed with each other.

mpaa rating

PG (for thematic elements, some language and sensuality)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Packed with Australian tone and emotional touches throughout, Red Dog is a story that’s bloody well-told, mate! When the centre of the screen is staring at either the cast, the music, the Aussie tone or the execution of this touching story, there’s just a true surprise in its lack of flaws. Red Dog is simply about a dog, and besides the predictable ideas to tug at your heartstrings, there’s romance, love, friendliness and laughs.

To be utterly clear and completely direct, this drama-comedy with lovely romance for families isn’t just any typical portrayal of true events, it’s magnificently set in the Australian Outback and is crafted completely as an Australian story. The cast present perfect Aussie attitudes with Aussie-styled dialogue and action, the film depicts the setting accurately, and the main colour of the movie is simply a yellowy orange. The cinematography and camerawork of this film is absolutely perfect.

But when there’s plenty of giggles and moments set in the local bar, there’s also the touching bits of heavy but appropriate subject matter. Red Dog intends to dig around in your emotions, and without a doubt, it successfully does just that. There’s emotional themes in this film, mainly including death, but it seems the aftermath of the deaths are even more heart-shattering than the actual deaths themselves. This is undeniably increased with the heartbreaking use of music and the performances within these sequences.

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