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Benji (2018)

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Family | 16 March 2018 (USA)
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Two school kids strike up a friendship with an orphaned puppy named Benji. When danger befalls them and they end up kidnapped by robbers who are in over their heads, Benji and his scruffy sidekick come to the rescue.

Director:

Brandon Camp

Writers:

Brandon Camp (written for screen by), Joe Camp (based on the 1974 motion picture written by)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gabriel Bateman ... Carter
Darby Camp ... Frankie
Kiele Sanchez ... Whitney
Gralen Bryant Banks ... Sam King
Will Rothhaar ... Syd
Angus Sampson ... Titus
Jerod Haynes ... Lyle
Lacy Camp ... Officer
Jim Gleason ... Captain Newsome
Brady Permenter ... Brute
James W. Evermore ... Vendor (as James Evermore)
Tom Proctor ... Cajun Captain
Arthur J. Robinson Arthur J. Robinson ... Mr. Okra (as Arthur Robinson)
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Storyline

Two school kids strike up a friendship with an orphaned puppy named Benji. When danger befalls them and they end up kidnapped by robbers who are in over their heads, Benji and his scruffy sidekick come to the rescue.

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Taglines:

A Hero Comes Home

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Family

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ο Καταπληκτικός Μπέντζι See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$585,333
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film opens with a shot of a neon sign advertising "Joe's Family Style B-B-Q." The original Benji (1974) was a "family style" movie directed by Joe Camp. See more »

Goofs

King's Pawn Shop shows an astonishing lack of security measures. Since large quantities of valuables and cash are kept on the premises, real U.S. pawn shops always have extensive physical security to prevent unauthorized entry, particularly at a concealed entry like the one Syd and Titus use (and for this exact reason). See more »

Crazy Credits

There are some outtakes included after the credits. See more »

Connections

Follows For the Love of Benji (1977) See more »

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When the Saints Go Marching in
Written by Toodlum Barker and Emil Lomax
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So much potential, so sadly wasted...
17 March 2018 | by agsconsulting2874See all my reviews

First of all, this movie is way too dark for small children. Portraying it as a family movie is misleading. Maybe today's kids are numbed to some of the harsh scenes in this movie, but I would not want any young children of mine watching it.

There are some really good segments, and the dog does some clever tricks that are truly worth watching, but the bulk of the movie has problems: (1) It's not credible unless it was supposed to be for very young children, but as already stated, too many scenes are not suitable for very young children. (2) The reactions of some of the adults are unbelievably stupid in face of what is going on. Again, this might be acceptable if this was a slapstick movie of this genre, but it tries to be serious, while doing a horrible job of being consistent. (3) Some scenes were hard to watch because the premise behind them was so lame. I found myself cringing far too often. (4) Some minor concepts were obviously borrowed from other movies. You might find it entertaining to try and spot them.

So it could have been a good crime, thriller, drama, but it's not. I only gave it a four because the kids, especially the older boy, do a good job, and because the dog was very entertaining as well.

I agree that the '74 version is highly superior in every way.


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