Doggie B

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Quirky dog-show comedy overdoes the eccentricity.
  • PG
  • 2012
  • 87 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Doggie B offers strong messages about following your dreams and finding out what you're meant to do in life.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many characters in the film are well-intentioned people who want to find themselves, help, and do the right thing. Overall, they work in concert to achieve positive ends.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some brief verbal references to romantic interest between two characters, but more in the service of putting aside romantic pursuits to focus on winning the dog competition. In a brief scene, a woman kisses a man directly on the lips.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Doggie B is a wacky dog competition-driven movie, full of wacky outfits, wacky characters, wacky personalities, and some wacky dog dancing. If you can handle this much wacky, wade knee-deep into the world of Pijo, Cassie, and their relentlessly wacky wackiness. On a positive note, there's not much in the way of edgy content, with a kiss being as racy as it gets.

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What's the story?

When Cassie's (Jesse Draper) uncle's dog training studio is threatened with closure, she commits to do whatever she can to help his raise the money to keep it open. When a dog show surfaces that nets the winner the same bankroll needed to keep the studio afloat, Cassie enters her dog Pijo into the competition. But along the way, Cassie must figure out, with the help of friends like Dottie (Jane Wiedlin), where her real professional ambitions lie.

Is it any good?

Kids may enjoy the brightly colored, doggy-centric universe on display here. And parents who can handle the quirk-attack may like the positive messages and enjoyable appearance by former Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin (to say nothing of the hilariously drab performance of the dog, Pijo).

In the world of DOGGIE B, everyone is unbelievably eccentric. This is the world of professional dog shows, though, so perhaps it's a more accurate portrayal than it initially seems. Unfortunately, some of the perfectly heartwarming lessons to be found here about following one's dreams, and what it means to devote yourself to something bigger than you, are a bit less accessible under the thick layer of over-the-top costumes, glittery leggings, impossibly high hairstyles, and an otherwise Jon Waters-meets-Best-in-Show aesthetic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about competitions. They often bring out the best and worst in people. Have you ever competed for something? Did you work harder? Did it make you act differently?

  • Check out a book from the library or read online about the extraordinary training, work, and money that goes into professional dog competitions.

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