Cool Dog

  • Review Date: October 12, 2011
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Some cartoonish violence in so-bad-it's-good dog tale.
  • Review Date: October 12, 2011
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

An argument could be made that this film teaches how love -- between a dog and his boy -- overcomes all...but that's stretching it.

Positive role models

Characters (including the dog) stand up to bullying, and Rainy the dog stops at nothing until he is reunited again with his owner Jimmy.

Violence & scariness

A girl gets trapped and nearly falls off a bridge. Upon moving to Manhattan, Jimmy is bullied by a gang of young toughs called "The Koolz." Rainy the dog stops a purse thief through the New York City subway system. Besides this, there are car chases, chases on foot, on boat, and by helicopter. One of the characters is accidentally put to sleep when an animal dart is shot at his rear end. All villains are exaggerated and not terribly frightening.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

"Damn" is used once. There is some name-calling (i.e. "stupid"). There are also a few instances of animal and human flatulence.

Consumerism

Twizzlers seem to have a remarkably powerful effect on Rainy.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this ludicrous movie about an unbelievably gifted dog stopping at nothing to reunite with his owner is beyond-silly and is filled with cartoon violence, jokes about flatulence, and a farfetched plotline that may very well unsuspend the disbelief of even the most believing and unskeptical child.

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What's the story?

Jimmy's best friend is his dog, Rainy. When Jimmy's father lands a promotion that moves them from Eagle Rock, Louisiana, to Manhattan, they must leave Rainy behind until they find a place to live that takes dogs. They leave Rainy with an unscrupulous carny in charge of the local fairgrounds and proceed to start a new life. Little do they know that Rainy will figure out a way to escape the clutches of the carny and travel 1,300 miles of trains, tugboats, subways, and busses until he's reunited with his master. Together, Rainy and Jimmy stand up to bullies at his school and the unethical, pet-hating new landlords who conspire to make their lives miserable.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

No, this movie is very far from "good." In fact, the acting is a level of awful that should be fun for families who enjoy movies of the "so bad, it's good" variety. The plot and special effects are absurd, and the characters are either bland or annoying. Perhaps if younger kids are looking for a movie as wacky and unreal as possible, COOL DOG could be the film to watch, but even that would be a stretch, and they're just as likely to find humor in the scenes that are not deliberately funny.

Furthermore, Rainy the Dog doesn't seem all that "cool," as the title would suggest. He's amazingly loyal (making it to Manhattan from Louisiana to reunite with Jimmy and all) and has talents that would put most renaissance men to shame (tugboat operating, harmonica playing, checkers winning), but aside from wearing headphones and an iPod from time to time, he's not exactly Keith Richards.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what dogs can and cannot do. What are some of the talents Rainy possesses that animals don't normally possess? How do you think they made it look like Rainy was doing all sorts of human-like things?

  • What are the many differences between growing up in a rural area like Eagle Rock, Louisiana, and a big city like New York?

Movie details

DVD release date:January 4, 2011
Cast:Cameron Ten Napel, Jackson Pace
Director:Danny Lerner
Studio:Millennium Films
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild rude humor, action, brief bullying

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Kid, 10 years old December 10, 2011
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9
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great movie with scary and sad scenes and funny ones too

the film contains suspense and guns lots of emotional attachment on the characters and messages about being nice to animals and that dogs are man's best friend.
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Too much violence

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