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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Dogs make life better. Owning material things is less important than having good relationships with people. "Tough choices are never easy." People with dyslexia can accomplish their goals.
Positive Role Models
Luce is studying interior design in college and likes to shop and spend her parent's money. She maxes out their credit card buying a watch for the boyfriend she didn't know was not interested in her. Dean is a veterinary student who is helpful to those in need.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Products & Purchases
Luce likes to shop. She maxes out her parents' credit card.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale is a bit of froth about a superficial college student who doesn't understand why the guy she is dating dumps her for lack of substance. When she meets a veterinary student with a social conscience at a local dog park, he pursues her until her moral horizons broaden. Adults kiss. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The title here is as unimaginative and awkward as the movie itself, with a simplistic script demonstrating no understanding of human nature or why people do what they do. The budget must have been low as party scenes are glaringly quiet, sparsely populated, and set in rooms that lack furniture. Great filmmaking can rise above financial restrictions, but not this one. A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale showcases the filmmakers' lack of imagination -- it doesn't take much money to make an audio recording of a few people talking and clinking glasses. Just as disappointing, when Luce speaks of herself as a stylish, snappy dresser, it seems odd that there is no evidence of this on the screen. The acting quality matches the script. Jonathan Bennett plays Dean as the only hint of fresh air. He is relentlessly cheerful, struggling to rise above the dreary movie he's stuck in.
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