A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
The characters are fairly relatable and realistic, aside from the talking dog. Adults are present and engaged and generally act out of good intentions.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Very minor insults such as "stupid."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol is consumed in a few scenes by adults, but it's not to excess.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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