Gabe the Cupid Dog
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gabe the Cupid Dog is a movie about a dog's wild chase to find a girlfriend for his owner. As the premise is the dog finessing romance for his owner and the trajectory of that romance, the film is best for older kids, in spite of its talking-dog appeal.
What's the story?
Gabe the dog (voiced by Pete Sepenuk) doesn't want his owner, Eric (Brian Krause), to move to London, thereby leaving him stuck in quarantine for six months, so he orchestrates some far-out plans to find Eric a girlfriend. Neighbor Sara (Boti Bliss) seems like a good match, if it weren't for a secret she's hiding that just happens to be the key to Eric's promotion.
Is it any good?
It's tough to get around GABE THE CUPID DOG's far-fetched plot to pair up two single neighbors with a series of absurd attempts at orchestrating romance by a dog, to say nothing of the subplot to uncover the true identity of a mysterious author.
Younger kids who like talking dogs likely will find this movie a bit dull, and, for older kids, the adult romance plot and dog stealing bikini tops are still a bit ahead of their interests. For parents watching solo, there's simply better romcom material out there.
Families can talk about...
Parents can talk about the importance of honesty in relationships. In movies, dishonesty may help fuel plots, but, in real life, it causes lots of problems. Have you been dishonest in a relationship? What happened? How would things be different if you'd told the truth?
Pranks can be fun when they're innocent and lighthearted, but they also can backfire. Have you or any friends ever pulled a prank that went wrong? What happened?
Why do some authors use secret identities? What's a good reason for doing so? Should we respect their right to privacy?