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Snow Dogs | 2001 | PG | - 2.4.2

A successful young dentist (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) from Miami, Florida discovers that he's been adopted after he is named in his late birth mother's will. He travels to Alaska -- her home -- to try to find out who he "really" is, and discovers that his inheritance is several racing dogs who seem to sense that he's a city slicker and give him a really hard time. Also with James Coburn, Sisqo, Graham Greene and Brian Doyle-Murray. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A woman kisses a man and they hug, and a man and woman kiss and hug a few more times. A man and woman nearly kiss a couple of times. There are a couple of beach scenes that show women in bikinis and tight-fitting jogging outfits which reveal cleavage, thighs and bare abdomens. Some sexual innuendo: A man says, "I'm not being frisky," a man and woman look at each other suggestively, and a man talks euphemistically about a sexual encounter with a woman.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A team of dogs pulls two men on a sled along a narrow ledge, one loses his footing and the sled is thrown over the side of the cliff. The men dangle over rushing water below until they're pulled back to safety. A man bites a dog's ear. A man punches a man in the face, making him fall down hard. A woman literally throws a man out and then kicks him in the face. A man pulls out a dog's bad tooth and the dog whimpers. A team of dogs pulling a man on a sled chases a fox and leaves the trail knocking the man off the sled; the man proceeds to tumble down a snow-covered hill and when he stops he's face-to-face with a bear that growls, threatens and chases him. After jumping, a man lands on a small ledge that breaks under his feet. He hits the ground, slides down on a snow-covered hill nearly running into trees, slides across ice which breaks and he ends up plunging into frigid water; after trudging through the snow he passes out from exhaustion. There are discussions about a man having been lost in an arctic storm. A man is threatened by a pack of snarling, barking dogs a few times. A dog jumps on a man and bites his coat; other dogs proceed to tear up the coat, sending down and feathers in the air. Dogs also tear up a suitcase full of clothes. A man is chased by a barking dog a few times, and he runs away yelling. A man climbs a tree and the branch he stands on breaks and sends him plummeting to the ground. A man is wearing overalls with the bottom stuffed with hay and when a dog bites the pants, the man swings the dog around. A woman throws a knife and it hits a wall very near a man's head. A man is thrown off the back of a moving sled a few times and a man is dragged behind a moving sled. A man challenges a man to a fight with a knife and a rope. A man puts a splint on a man's broken leg and the injured man moans in pain. A man faints and we hear him hit the floor. There are several scenes of a man slipping and falling hard on ice and one scene shows a woman slipping and falling. A dog and a man are on either side of a window, and the former startles the latter by barking and snarling. Two men argue and yell at each other. A man and woman howl in the wilderness and the man is startled when he hears something howling back at them from the nearby woods. A man threatens a dog with a trophy and a frying pan. A small plane trying to take off is nearly run over by a jet that is landing on the same runway; and a plane skids on ice and its tail hits a wooden sign. A man yells at a dog and pours water over its head, and two men dump a block of ice on a man's head and he's knocked out. A young boy vomits into a garbage can after he looks into a woman's mouth which is full of discolored teeth (we hear the boy begin to heave, but see nothing else). A man opens his mouth, which is full of discolored teeth, and talks about "the stench." A man has a dream during which he sees his adult head on a baby's body. A man spits out some coffee (it is very thick). People talk about a man having been hit by lightning. A dog urinates on a tree and a skunk sprays a man in the face. There is a reference to a woman having left her outhouse and all its contents to a man. People talk about "slump," meat pieces that a butcher can't use and which are fed to dogs. A man shoves a lot of cheese in his mouth and then has trouble swallowing it.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 1 partially uttered scatological term, 1 anatomical reference and some insults.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Some characters are shown drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Adoption, death of a parent, lying, love, Alaska, dog sledding.

MESSAGE - What we are meant to be is in our hearts, not the stars.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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