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Christmas Puppy

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Puppy-less Christmas movie is trite, boring, and bizarre.

Movie NR 2012 88 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Cheesy fun.

I really enjoyed it. It was really cheesy. The actual plot was ridiculous. But it was very cute at times. There was a lot of weird sections where it made no sense, but for some reason I still cared about the characters.

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This movie has a hilariously strange premise, the inevitable result of lazy direction and slipshod writing. For starters, there are no puppies in CHRISTMAS PUPPY; the closest approximation is an elderly Maltese who makes rare appearances, and even then, seldom leaves its cushion, and sometimes narrates the events in an incredibly annoying voiceover. Moving right along, there is something more than a little creepy about a teen boy who basically breaks into a home and earns the trust of a family under criminally false pretenses, and is put up to stealing the father's credit card in order to book a flight for the grandmother living in Michigan.

The actors try to make the best with what little they've been given, and their commitment to the utter ludicrousness of the scenes is borderline heroic, but overall, this movie is a horrible Christmas cocktail of trite, boring, and nonsensical.

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