A Golden Christmas 2: The Second Tail

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Uninspired romcom disguised as a movie about puppies.
  • NR
  • 2011
  • 90 minutes

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Positive Messages

True love will find a way to work in the end.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are mostly kind and well intentioned, though they aren't inspiring enough to be real role models. One character is shallow and materialistic as a foil to a better romantic choice for a main character.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

A long-time married couple engage in tame pillow talk in bed before the man playfully growls and moves on top of his wife before turning out the light.

Language

"Hell," "dammit."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink wine at dinner and at parties. They don't act intoxicated, except for the lead female, who starts to act drunk after learning unpleasant news about her former boyfriend. She drinks wine straight from the bottle before another character removes the bottle from her hands.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Golden Christmas 2: The Second Tail, like its predecessor, is really more of an uninspired romcom than the dog movie promised on the DVD cover. Yes, there are cute golden retrievers, and while they do tend to move the story along, the movie is much more about former lovers on the path toward rekindling their love in time for Christmas. There's some drinking, a little bit of mild cursing, and a scene with implied sexual content between a long-time married couple. Parents looking for a movie where dogs are the main focus should look elsewhere.

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What's the story?

Rod (Bruce Davison) and Catherine (Alley Mills) have moved to Florida to retire with their golden retriever. Catherine meets their neighbor Lisa (Julie Gonzalo) who also has golden retrievers. Catherine learns about Lisa's failed relationship with David, who just so happens to be befriending Rod at the same time on a nearby basketball court. While it seems to everyone that Lisa and David should get back together, David is engaged to be married to Kelly, a shallow and materialistic snob. It is up to Rod and Catherine, a tween girl and tween boy experiencing their own version of "puppy love," and, yes, the golden retrievers, to work together and figure out a way to bring back the love that still remains between Lisa and David, just in time for Christmas.

Is it any good?

Like the original, this is far less about the cute golden retriever puppies on the DVD box, and far more about a mawkish and predictable romance between two lost-and-found lovers. At its core, the film is an uninspired romcom with no laughs and not even much to do with Christmas. The actors make the best with what little they have to work with, but families expecting a movie primarily about cute golden retrievers will be very disappointed.

Even without the misleading packaging, A Golden Christmas 2 would still be not good. There's an "amateur hour" feel to the movie that will leave the audience (and especially kids) bored. There are plenty of entertaining dog and puppy movies out there that are better options.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dog movies. How does this movie compare to other dog movies?

  • Judging by the cover of the DVD and the title of the film, was this movie what you expected? Why do you think the marketers put puppies on the cover?

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