Designer Pups

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Fashion-filled animal caper is cheesy but fun for kids.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 83 minutes

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age 3+
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Family helps each other, no matter what. When you give up, you're only letting yourself down. Confidence is gained through hard work and not giving up.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Stacy never gives up and works hard to achieve her goals. Chloe supports Stacy and helps her find her confidence.

Violence & Scariness

Michel hits himself in the head with pillows when he's frustrated. A dognapping by a goofy villain.

Sexy Stuff

The runway show parodies the real TV show Project Runway, with a similar format and a former-model judge named Heidi Kash (a reference to Heidi Klum).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Designer Pups is a fashion-filled animal romp that's appropriate for all ages. There's a dognapping by a goofy villain, but it's more silly than scary. With positive messages about never giving up and having confidence, there's a lot for parents to like, even if the plot and cheesy acting will make tweens and up give it a pass. Grown-up fans of Project Runway will enjoy the many references to the popular TV show.

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Adult Written bytla 1 August 6, 2015

Awesome Family Movie

This is an good clean movie that teaches a message about having faith and confidence in you own ability. I don't think the story line nor the acting is... Continue reading

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What's the story?

When Stacy (Teagan Sirset) fails to get an internship with Michel (Torrey Halverson), one of the top designers in LA, she thinks her chance at a fashion career is over. But when she meets actress Chloe (Melanie Johnson) and impresses her with her design skills, she soon finds herself with an A-list client. As Stacy and her two fashion-forward pups, Coco and Stella, begin creating eye-catching fashions for more and more of the Hollywood elite, Michel knows he has to do something drastic to win back his clients. As the two designers find themselves head to head in a fashion show competition, Michel dognaps Stacy's dogs to give himself an edge. Can Stacy still win without their help? Or will the scheming Michel end up on top?

Is it any good?

Full of horrible dog puns, over-the-top acting, and an obvious plot, there's nonetheless something charming about this animal caper. The bad guys are goofily bad, the good guys are really good, and the fashion is fun. And the references to Project Runway will be amusing to fans of the show.

Young fashionistas will have fun watching Stacy design new gowns, though animal lovers may wish for more screen time for Coco and Stella. And tweens and up will probably be too sophisticated for the cheesy plot and acting. But parents looking for a fun, breezy flick for young kids will like the positive messages and super clean content.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about success. Which personality traits and behavior helped Stacy be successful?

  • Is confidence innate? How can someone gain confidence?

  • What's your favorite animal movie? Why is it your favorite?

Movie details

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