Adventures of Bailey: A Night in Cowtown

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Dog caper is a little scarier than other Bailey adventures.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 85 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The film shows that first impressions aren't always accurate and that you shouldn't always jump to conclusions. Just because you have tattoos and look tough (like Ski), that doesn't mean you're a bad person or do bad things.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ski is a positive role model when he explains to Felix how he turned his life around through hard work and determination after being in prison.

Violence & Scariness

Ski talks about a part he played in a western in which he shot another character with a six-shooter; Felix acts out the part and plays dead. Truman also kicks and hits another character, but both instances are slapstick and comical and not scary. There is one scene where a character is held hostage by the "bad guys," which may be a little alarming for young kids, though the bad guys are so inept and goofy that it's not overly scary. Ski also mentions that he was in prison in the past for making mistakes, but he focuses on how he worked hard to turn his life around.

Sexy Stuff

A lot of flirting and talking about crushes goes on between both canine and human characters, though it's all very mild and clean. Duke teases Bailey constantly about having a crush on Trixie, which Trixie reciprocates. And the teen girls flirt with Marc, though no actual physical affection is shown.

Language
Consumerism

Bailey and Duke talk about being "loaded" now that the family has benefited from some smart financial investments, but it's not a recurring theme in the movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A lot of the movie takes place in a bar, though it's after-hours and the bar looks more like the movie set from an old western than an actual bar. There's a lot of talk about working and owning bars and nightclubs but only about the actual business and not what goes on there. T.C. does order a drink at a bar, but no one is shown drinking anything.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Adventures of Bailey: A Night in Cowtown is another talking animal adventure from the makers of Adventures of Bailey: The Lost PuppyThis mostly clean animal caper is definitely geared toward young animal lovers, though the content skews a little older than other Bailey adventures. Bars and alcohol are mentioned, shady business deals are discussed, and dogs and people are kidnapped. But the overall goofy and slapstick-y tone keep the movie from being scary.

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What's the story?

When Felix is dognapped by the shady TC (Frank Mosley) when he's mistaken for his boss's dog, Trixie enlists the help of her neighbor (and crush!) Bailey (Michael Turner) and his brother Duke (Brad Hawkins) to bring Felix home. Bailey goes on a lone adventure in the historic Cowtown to recover Felix and impress his lady love. Meanwhile, humans Abbi (Christine Galyean) and Truman (Trey Bumpass) also are helping Marc (Mason Dye), who is Abbi's neighbor and crush, search for Felix.

Is it any good?

ADVENTURES OF BAILEY: A NIGHT IN COWTOWN is a cheesy but sweet adventure that talking-animal fans will definitely enjoy. The acting is overdone and the bad guys are over-the-top clueless, but it has fun and silly moments that the whole family can enjoy. The different dog personalities, especially El Capitan, are well done and probably will even get a chuckle out of the adults. It's not one of the best talking-animal flicks, but it's fine family fare.

Parents will appreciate the mostly clean content and wholesome adventure feel of the animal tale. Younger kids will love the different animals and how they outsmart their owners. And older kids may appreciate the romantic (but fairly tame) subplot with Marc and Abbi.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role westerns play in the film. What themes from classic westerns show up in the film? Why do you think Bailey is so fascinated by westerns?

  • Do you think the filmmakers do a good job with the talking animals? Do they really seem like they're talking?

  • What's your favorite talking-animal movie? Why is it your favorite?

Movie details

For kids who love animal tales

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