What You Need To Know:
(C, B, L, V) Christian worldview of sacrifice, forgiveness and redemption with several strong moral messages; 6 obscenities & 2 exclamatory profanities ("Oh my God!"); and, some minor action violence.
“Children are supposed to have a dog — it helps them grow up right,” argues seven-year-old Jennifer Turner to her family when she finds a collie that she names Lassie left homeless by an accident in the exciting Paramount picture, LASSIE. The Turners find Lassie as they are abandoning the big city for a small village in the Shenandoah, Virginia, countryside, but there is a question about who rescues whom at the accident, for Lassie seems to pick out Jennifer’s brother, thirteen-year-old Matt, to rescue him from his rebelliousness and depression. Once they arrive in their Shenandoah home, Lassie takes Matt’s headphones and forces him to chase her until he realizes the value of nature. When he does, the drama starts, for their neighbor Sam Garland has been making a fortune pasturing his sheep on Turner land. Sam determines to drive off these neighbors, and Lassie must save the day.
Director Dan Petrie does a superb job of directing this exciting and heartwarming tale. Slightly marred by six low-key obscenities and two ambivalent exclamations, LASSIE is, otherwise, a stirring coming-of-age tale which involves redemption, forgiveness, courage, and all those virtues which we associate with the original Lassie movies.