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Firehouse Dog Review

Movies.com Critics

2.0

Dave White Profile

… goodhearted and inoffensive, even if it's really sloppy … Read full review

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  • 3.0
    43

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    The terrier Rexxx might be the least appealing mutt ever to slobber on screen.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    No best in show but a decent family comedy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    A surprisingly heartfelt father/son relationship, handled with restraint by director Todd Holland.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Equal parts dog adventure and father-son tale.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this doggy adventure includes unexpected dramatic elements -- like Shane's fear that his fire-captain dad will die. Known for ditching school and disobeying his father, Shane has behavioral and communication issues. He and his father also both deal with grieving the recent loss of a relative. A few fiery sequences may be too intense for very young kids, even though no one gets hurt. As for canine antics, Rex is so pampered that he's even set up with three female poodles waiting on a doggy bed. But he doesn't indulge, instead running to help save people from a fire.

  • Families can talk about how the movie deals with gender roles. When Pep shows up at the party in a dress, her friends act surprised that she looks like a girl. Is being a firefighter only for boys? Also, what messages does the movie send about society's values by contrasting Rex's Hollywood life with his adventures as a fire dog? Kids, would you rather be a Hollywood star or a firefighter? Why? Can you think of other movies that feature heroic dogs?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Rex discovers that he prefers helping people as a firehouse dog than entertaining them as an overindulged Hollywood star. Shane has behavioral issues, but he and the captain finally communicate and work through their father-son problems. A female firefighter is a good role model: She's just as tough as her male counterparts but can also dress up in a fancy outfit.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: A few flashbacks to the day a firefighter died and a couple of intense fire scenes that might frighten younger children, even though no one ends up hurt.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: The two fire captains, their kids, and their dogs all flirt with each other. Rex's original owner and manager hug and hold hands. A female firefighter wears a sexy gown that makes her colleagues stare.

  • language false0

    Language: Basic PG curses: "suck," "crap," "jerk," "stupid," "dumb," "hell," etc.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Shane owns all of the following: Mac laptop, iPod, PSP, Play Station 2, Tony Hawk T-shirt, Green Day poster.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A benefit gala includes a brief glimpse of partygoers drinking champagne.

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