A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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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?
It's helpful when watching this mediocre mess of a movie 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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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