My kids were so excited to see Clifford, a beloved children's book character, come to life. Clifford was cute, and Emily Elizabeth's devotion to him was touching, but the story was quite outlandish. In the process of trying to save Clifford, Emily asks a friend to lie for her, drives a car down a busy city street, skips school and lies about it, and eventually stands off with the police!! While I applaud bravery and standing up for those you love in a healthy way, this movie took that message to an unhealthy place. Of course, everything turns out well for Emily and others in the end, and Emily's mom who rightfully should have been furious with her irresponsible brother--the one in charge of Emily while all this occurred--just lets it all roll off her back. For me, personally, tying everything up with a good message at the end just doesn't erase the ridiculous, illegal, dishonest stunts it took to get there. It sends the message to children to stop at nothing to get what they want, even if it means disregarding their parents and breaking the law.