Gabe the Cupid Dog

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Despite talking dog, convoluted romcom won't interest kids.
  • PG
  • 2012
  • 91 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Overall, the film espouses messages about the importance of honesty, trust, and family time and the willingness to take a leap of faith if necessary to make a relationship work.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are fairly relatable and realistic, aside from the talking dog. Adults are present and engaged and generally act out of good intentions.

Violence
Sex

A dog steals a woman's bikini top while she's sunbathing topless. No nudity is shown, but there is recurring cleavage and a scene wherein she chases the dog while topless but is covered in a towel. A man and a woman kiss passionately in a few scenes.

Language

Very minor insults such as "stupid."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol is consumed in a few scenes by adults, but it's not to excess.

What 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.

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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: A dog makes a series of absurd attempts to orchestrate romance between two single neighbors. Never mind 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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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