Drama


The Stray


MPAA Rating:
Not Rated
Genre:
Drama
Runtime:
92 mins
Stars:
Sarah Lancaster, Michael Cassidy, Connor Corum
Director:
Mitch Davis
Producer:
Mitch Davis

Content at a Glance

0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
1
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
1
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


none.

Language


holy smokes-1; comment about boy “crapping” his pants; prayers.

Violence


young boys bullying another boy; man threatens a man’s dog; lightening strikes a tent of campers; man has blood coming out of his ear.

Drugs


a story is told about a man being drunk and going swimming.

Nudity


young boy zips up his pants after urinating by side of road.

Other


a toddler wonders out of house and into street; young boy is rude to father and later apologizes; dog dies and is buried.



Synopsis

A young father takes his 9-year-old son, the family dog, and two of his son’s friends backpacking in the mountains of Colorado only for all five of them to be struck by lightning.


Movie Message

Mitch is a very busy father working in Hollywood as an executive for a studio, and he doesn’t get a lot of time for his family. He thinks that a dog would help the family, but before they decide to get one, a stray picks them first— by following Christian, his 9-year-old son, home from school. Christian names the dog Pluto.

Pluto becomes the family pet in no time and a protector. But the situation with Mitch’s job doesn’t change, so the family moves to Colorado to live. Mitch decides to take his son and two friends plus Pluto on a hiking/camping trip. The events on the trip will change everyone forever.

This story is of an amazing dog that becomes a watchful eye of the family, who, in turn, treats their dog with love and admiration. It is also a lesson in the power of prayer. “The Stray” is a heartwarming family movie that is wonderfully entertaining, while teaching about love for a pet, love of family and the importance of making time for family along with prayer.

The Faith-Friendly Dove Seal for all ages is awarded to this movie, but I must caution about the scene of the lightening hitting the tent that may be frightening for young children.

For All Ages

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