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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Dog tale has more kissing, dating stuff than you'd expect.

Movie PG 2012 91 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

inappropriate sexualization of women make this a poor kids movie.

The adult themes of sexuality and objectification of women make it difficult to understand how this can be a "kids' movie". Not well thought through for a children's audience.
age 5+

Waste of money and time

Oh my gosh! We could not finish this movie. My two kids, ages 11 and 14, and my wife and I tried watching this movie. I had read that it was "so cute." I'm not sure how far we actually made it into the movie but after a while I said, "We don't have to watch this anymore." Everyone was thanking me emphatically! Yes it is very cute so a 5 year old might like it. The jokes are not funny, the dog's voice is not pleasing to the ear, the special effects (on the mouths of the talking dogs) are so pitiful. The story is not interesting, we didn't even care to see how it would end. That was a waste of money and time. I'll give it one star out of pity's sake. And yes there is kissing and a teenage daughter who is very "loose."

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Family films require a delicate balance, lest "wholesome" quickly turn into "bland" and "kid friendly" become an adult snoozefest; while CINNAMON isn't completely boring, it's a strange hybrid. It's a mix of post-divorce romance, middle-school puppy love, and talking-dog comedy. The humor is pretty forgettable (mostly slapstick gags), and the story feels overlong for such a paper-thin plot (dog likes being the apple of her owner's eye and attempts to destroy her favorite human's chance at love).

For such a low-budget live-action film, Gibb and Evigan are surprisingly capable actors, but their on-screen kids come off as more annoying than relatable. Plus, let's face it -- there are only so many ways an audience can watch a dog come between her owner on a date before it (quickly) starts to fall flat. Just as Madeline and Kevin deserve their love to grow, families deserve movies that aren't just mediocre. Sadly, Cinnamon isn't nearly as tangy or sweet as the title implies.

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