Movieline's Hollywood Life - 02/??/2000
"...Undeniably affecting....[The terrier] is irresistible..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/28/2000
"...[Muniz] teaches it new tricks....Kudos also to Bacon..." -- Rating:B+
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2000
"...MY DOG SKIP is a glowing slice of nostalgia..."
New York Times - 01/12/2000
"...A relaxed, modest evocation of the mythology of small-town mid-20th century American childhood....[Bacon] delivers a beautifully understated performance, as does Diane Lane..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/30/2000
"...The sweet thing about MY DOG SKIP is the way it understands the friendship between a kid and a dog..."
A heartwarming coming-of-age tale set in 1940s Yazoo, Mississippi. Willie Morris (Frankie Muniz) is an introverted eight-year-old whose best friend is Dink Jenkins (Luke Wilson), a high school football star. Willie's mother convinces his stern father to buy Willie a puppy for his ninth birthday, in light of the fact that Dink has left Yazoo to fight in the war. Immediately, Willie's world brightens. When he stumbles upon a team of evil bootleggers and welcomes home a despondent Dink, he must learn a very valuable lesson about life. Based on Morris' memoir, MY DOG SKIP should have even the most hardened viewer reaching for the tissues.
Willie Morris (Muniz) is an eight-year-old citizen of World War II-era Yazoo, Missippippi. A little on the shy side, he is continually the brunt of the jokes of his more extroverted, athletic classmates, most notably boisterous Big Boy Wilkinson and his two equally devious henchmen. Willie's only true friend is high school football star Dink Jenkins (Wilson), his encouraging next door neighbor who also happens to be heading off to war. When Willie's mother Ellen (Lane) proposes to his father, Jack (Bacon) the idea of giving the boy a puppy for his ninth birthday, protective war veteran Jack protests, reason being that his withdrawn son isn't ready for the responsibility and emotional investment which comes with the territory. Jack finally gives in, though, giving Willie not only a new best friend, a Jack Russell terrier named Skip, but also the acceptance of other children, including the prettiest girl in school, Rivers Applewhite. Everything is perfect for a while, but, Willie's innocent existence in Yazoo is rattled when he and Skip discover that some mean bootleggers are hiding their product in the town cemetery and his idol Dink returns from war-torn Europe with some demons to confront.
Family (General) |
Theatrical release: January 2000.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association named MY DOG SKIP Best Family Film (live action) of 2000.