There was a time when Benji was the most beloved dog in America, and possibly the whole world. He was a scrappy, whip-smart little canine, and he had a tendency to find himself in one death-defying situation after another. He foiled kidnappers, international spies, murderers, poachers, and (in a long-forgotten television series called “Benji, Zax and the Alien Prince”), he made first contact with extraterrestrials.
Benji isn’t just cute, he’s a badass, and Netflix even rebooted the franchise in 2018 after a decade-plus absence. Here are all of the “Benji” films in reverse order of quality, from completely unwatchable to totally paw-some.
6. “Oh Heavenly Dog” (1980)
Chevy Chase is a private detective who gets killed, but he comes back to solve his own murder in the body of Benji, a dog who was just about to die in a car accident anyway. If this sounds like a fun idea for a movie, get your ears checked. Chevy Chase phones in a bored and boring performance, the murder mystery is predictable, homophobia is rampant, and there’s a creepy subplot about Benji being sexually attracted to Jane Seymour. It’s not just the worst “Benji” movie: it’s probably one of the worst movies, period.