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3 Holiday Tails

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Dogs aren't the focus in wholesome relationship tale.

Movie PG 2011 88 minutes
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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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