A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
True love can last a lifetime and ideally involves being best friends with your partner. Memories, friendship, family, and kindness are all worth cherishing. David seems to gain status in Lisa's eyes because he finished an MBA and got a company job as a Vice President. David's fiancée Kelly is obsessed with wedding planning and prefers luxury items to those with sentimental value. Respect your elders. Dogs are smart.
Positive Role Models
Katherine and Rod, an older couple, act as surrogate parents for Lisa and David, offering positive life and love advice. Lisa especially thrives on this as her own parents weren't very good role models for her, and she offers similar guidance to her niece. Males and females alike are respectful of those they love.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
David and Lisa are pushed together into an awkward hug and later kiss when they get engaged. Myra kisses her male friend from school on the check and holds his hand. Rod and Katherine talk in bed about getting exercise "in other ways," then turn off the light and start kissing.
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"Hell," "crappy," "damnit," "ass," and stand-ins for "bitch" like "ditch," "son of a b," "son of a blitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine at a party and bring wine to a picnic on the beach. Rod is said to have had seven drinks at a party, apparently to avoid awkward social encounters. A past incident with a spilled margarita is mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the TV movie 3 Holiday Tails offers a wholesome look at male-female relationships at different stages of life. It might seem the movie is about dogs given the title and cover art, but the pups don't play a major role in the story. Language is kept to a minimum and feels true-to-life (a man swearing when he hurts himself, or claiming he's "bored as hell"). Stand-ins for "bitch" like "ditch," "son of a b," "son of a blitch." There's no serious sexual content or even much innuendo beyond one exchange between two playful retirees. The film suggests marriage is meant to be taken seriously, as a commitment "for the rest of your life," and that it's better to have loved and lost than to have avoided relationships out of fear. Rod is said to have had seven drinks at a party, apparently to avoid awkward social encounters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This TV movie might not win awards, but it offers a well-structured, if predictable, tale with a big heart. It's pleasant, as much for the story as for the warm beachfront setting. The acting is also solid, with the women especially standing out in the ensemble cast: Argentina-born Julie Gonzales in the lead, Alley Mills (the mom on The Wonder Years) as her surrogate mother figure, and Alex Peters as the niece. Perhaps not surprisingly, this movie may draw a more female audience.
The title neatly alludes to the story's three couples in three different stages of life as well as the three puppies the main character has adopted. But caveat: don't watch 3 Holiday Tails just for the dogs. They're adorably present throughout, but they're not the stars. Besides a few acts of minor meddling, they seem mostly to serve as inspiration for the pun-ny title and a recurring joke about "puppy love."
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