Good Boy!

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Not particularly imaginative, but not the worst.
  • PG
  • 2003
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some bathroom humor.

Violence & Scariness

Mild peril, no one hurt. Mild peril.

Sexy Stuff

Some schoolyard naughty words.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Dogs get tipsy on laughing gas.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are some mild naughty words in this movie ("screwed up"), a couple of mild double entendres, and some potty jokes. The dogs are exposed to laughing gas and get a little tipsy. Characters face a little mild peril and some tense situations, but everything turns out fine. One of the movie's strengths is its understated, even casual, portrayal of a diverse community, including a nice friendship between an African-American girl and a white boy.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byalexander.holla... April 5, 2019


this movie is a masterpice of life, it makes you think, laugh, cry, scream, poop, and peepee. this moviee should be the only movie in your colection because of... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 and 11-year-old Written byMom and movie lover September 26, 2009

Excellent family film

This was an excellent Family Movie Night flick. It was fun, the kids loved hearing the dogs talk. What could've been a downer movie with a lonely child t... Continue reading
Kid, 6 years old August 7, 2020
Kid, 10 years old July 14, 2020

This is a great great film I don't I understand why it got us three star Common Sense Media obviously it's a good movie

this is a really good movie like I mean really good and the reason why I said one more over the the age common Sense Media chose there is some miles and name-... Continue reading

What's the story?

In GOOD BOY, Owen (Liam Atkins) is the only child of loving but preoccupied parents (Molly Shannon and Kevin Nealon). He has been working hard walking dogs all summer long in order to earn the right to get a dog of his own. He picks a dog from the pound and names him Hubble. But Hubble turns out to be an inspector from the Dog Star who has been sent to earth to see how well the dogs are doing in establishing dominion over the planet. If not, all the dogs on the planet will have to go back to the Dog Star for retraining. The dogs try to persuade Hubble that they do control humans ("You don't see us picking up their poop!"). When that doesn't work, they try to figure out a way to fake it so that when the ruler of the Dog Star arrives, she will let them stay. Meanwhile, Owen needs to find a way to deal with some bullies and to make friends with a dog-loving girl named Connie (Brittany Moldowan).

Is it any good?

Good Boy is a not-so-good movie, but it's not so bad, either. It's a watered-down canine version of ET. It is not particularly imaginative and it goes on too long, dragging through the last half hour. But it has a cute kid and some even cuter dogs. The children at the screening I attended laughed and "awwwed" and applauded, and I found myself smiling a couple of times, too. That makes it a mild little entertainment suitable for a second-grader's birthday party outing.

Atkins has a nice screen presence and a terrific smile. Shannon and Nealon are wasted in under-written roles. The script saves its best moments for the dogs, and top-notch stars lend their distinctive voices to the dog characters. Highlights include Matthew Broderick as Hubble, Vanessa Redgrave as the ruler of the Dog Star, along with Cheech Marin, Carl Reiner, Delta Burke, and Donald Faison.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it was hard for Owen to make friends and why Connie kept hanging out with the two bullies. What makes people act like bullies?

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