Zeus and Roxanne

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: +2

This family-oriented adventure film is sort of like "Benji Meets Flipper." Zeus, a medium-sized, spirited dog, is visiting the Florida Keys with his owner, musician Terry Barnett (Steve Guttenberg), and Terry's young son Jordan (Miko Hughes). Zeus is a rambunctious sort who wanders down to the pier one day and encounters Roxanne, a dolphin who is being returned to the wild after some time in captivity. Later Zeus meets a neighbor, marine biologist Mary Beth Dunhill (Kathleen Quinlan), when he knocks down some flower pots chasing a cat. At first annoyed by the dog, Mary Beth discovers that Zeus and Roxanne appear to be communicating. Looking for any tool that will help Roxanne, and also needing a hot project for a research grant, Mary Beth asks to take Zeus out on her boat. Mary Beth's teenage daughters, Judith (Majandra Delfino) and Nora (Jessica Howell) decide to play Cupid and use this opportunity to spark a romance between their single mother and Terry. Their efforts are successful, as the adults do fall in love, but Terry balks when the children propose that they live together. He takes Jordan and Zeus to a new place farther up the coast, but the dog escapes and heads back to the Keys. Zeus is kidnapped by a rival scientist, Claude Carver (Arnold Vosloo), who wants to use the dog to lure Roxanne so he can capture the dolphin for his own project. This introduces a bit of danger and excitement that livens up the story. Zeus and Roxanne may very well provide enough adventure and humor for young viewers, but it will probably have limited appeal for teens and adults.

This is one of the more wholesome movies we've come across in quite some time. The only questionable and distasteful moment features Zeus urinating on the villains. The dialogue has one mild crude word, while moderate violence is limited to one instance where Zeus bites the evil Claude on the ankle. Even the romance is treated with good taste and morality. Terry decides against a live-in relationship with Mary Beth, although it appears to be out of respect for his late wife. The teenage girls challenge Jordan to a game of poker, with the loser having to do chores. They try to deceive him by making up rules, but he eventually turns the tables on them. With Zeus and Roxanne, this is one case where Hollywood should be applauded for making a very family-friendly film.

Preview Reviewer: Mark Perry
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2500 Broadway St., Santa Monica, CA 90404-3061

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Crude Language: Once - Mild

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Once - Exclamatory (Oh my G)

Violence: Few times - Mild and Moderate (shark threat, dog bites villain in ankle, dolphin pushes villains off boat)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Dog urinates on villains; children play poker, gambling for chores

Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Age 5 to 10

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