Scott Brown
July 28, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

My Dog Skip

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
95 minutes
performer
Kevin Bacon, Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson
director
Jay Russell
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Willie Morris
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B+

Boy meets dog — an old formula, yes, but Muniz (TV’s Malcolm in the Middle) teaches it new tricks, turning in some of the best kid-to-canine chemistry since Old Yeller. Kudos also to Bacon, who expertly communicates quiet pain as his battle-scarred father. With its Forrest Gump-esque score, WWII-era backdrop, and cute-pooch trump card, My Dog Skip, like so many others of its breed, blatantly manipulates your tear ducts — and every exquisitely schmaltzy moment is worth its weight in Kleenex. B+

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