An Easter Bunny Puppy

  • Review Date: July 18, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Kids looking for cute Easter tale will be disappointed.
  • Review Date: July 18, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

An Easter Bunny Puppy promotes the idea that it's important to tell the truth and make amends when you've been dishonest, and that things aren't always what they seem.

Positive role models

Most characters are well-meaning and work throughout the film to right a wrong. When a character is deliberately dishonest to make herself look good, she admits it (eventually) and apologizes.

Violence & scariness

A man pulls a gun on four acquaintances in one scene, but it's quickly procured and never fired.

Sexy stuff

In an early scene, a teenage girl prances in front of a mirror, admitting she is just checking to makes sure she looks good to a boy she likes. A woman jokes about her ex-husband running off with his secretary to Mexico. A woman alludes to a past as a Playboy bunny.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that An Easter Bunny Puppy is a misleading film that appears to be about some variation of a bunny-puppy and kid-friendly frolicking, but never fulfills that premise. The dog on the movie cover never appears in the film, but another dog does, narrating a story about a mystery novelist suddenly grappling with having to write a children's book (about an Easter bunny puppy), for which she is profoundly ill-suited. While the film is not necessarily inappropriate for children, it's not targeted to the audience it purports to be with the cover and title. There's also one scene that features a gun and a few minor sexual references.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

A puppy narrates the story of the \"Easter Bunny Puppy,\" which is not about an Easter bunny puppy but is really about a mystery novelist's (Kristine DeBelle) struggle to write a children's book about Easter, for which the cover (pictured) has already been provided, upon her agent's orders. The film's remainder focuses on this plot, as well as her teen daughter Lucy's (Alison Sieke) interest in Jake (August Roads), who just moved in next door. Additionally, they all attend an Easter egg hunt nearby, where they help solve the mystery of why Jake's father was unjustly imprisoned for the theft of a Faberge egg.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It's helpful when watching AN EASTER BUNNY PUPPY to consult the five stages of grief. Denial: No way is this a movie called An Easter Bunny Puppy that doesn't even feature the cute dog on the cover, but some other dog you now can't possibly care about as much. Anger: What about the poor children who wanted to see An Easter Bunny Puppy only to be be served this joyless wonder?! Depression: I'll never trust a movie cover again. Bargaining: If, by some miracle, that cute puppy on the cover shows up and delivers Easter eggs, I'll only use organic, cage-free eggs for the rest of my life. Acceptance: Hey, at least there's a 10-minute scene where they dye some eggs.

If your kid picks this movie out based on the cover, he or she will likely be very confused and disappointed. However, if you wanted to simply start up this movie while hiding the cover art, they might like the "other dog," and the random filler scenes of babbling brooks, oceans, and sunsets that are totally irrelevant to the plot. Parents will marvel at this hilarious experiment in film-making, and find it extremely irritating or delightfully so-bad-it's-good, assuming you have 90 minutes to find out. (You may want to read more about this director, who has pulled this before with A Christmas Puppy.) You could, on the other hand, use this experience as an attempt to teach your child about the concept of camp in filmmaking.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about holiday traditions. Do you celebrate Easter? What does it to mean to you? What are your favorite holidays, and why?

  • One of the film's plots involves the hunt for a stolen Faberge egg. Have you ever seen a Faberge egg? Go online to learn more about their history and desirability.

  • Why do you think the movie's creators used a misleading image on the DVD cover?

Movie details

DVD release date:March 5, 2013
Cast:Jason Faunt, Strider Ellis
Director:David DeCoteau
Studio:Rapid Heart Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Cats, dogs, and mice
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 14 years old Written by2019ekb March 30, 2015
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8
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It's Very Wonderfull!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IT'S AN EASTER TRADITION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byhilarys1 February 17, 2015
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8
QUALITY
 

Never judge a DVD by its cover...

My four year old son chose this DVD at our local library. The front cover shows a puppy wearing Easter bunny ears. The back of the case shows a different dog wearing the bunny ears and it describes a story about a dog who wants to be the Easter bunny but his family "...thinks that dogs should be dogs and not bunnies!" The pictures were very appealing to my son, who was hoping to see lots of footage of a puppy pretending to be the Easter bunny. In fact this story is NOTHING like what is depicted on the cover. It is a low budget film with terrible acting. I skimmed through it in disbelief to see if it is really that bad the whole way through. It is. My four year old's take on it? "Some bad people put the wrong picture on the cover of that DVD." I couldn't agree more. Don't bother with this one.
Adult Written bytygerflower January 19, 2015
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7
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It's like a Christmas Puppy

This movie seems to mimic a Christmas Puppy. You watch the movie for the cute puppy but it's never in the movie. It's fun to watch these movies to make fun of the camera work, acting, plot, etc. It's almost become a tradition.

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