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Parents' Guide to

Good Boy!

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Not particularly imaginative, but not the worst.

Movie PG 2003 88 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

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 turned into a silly, fun, flick with the boy helping his dog friends and making some people friends.

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Great messages
age 13+

Would have been great if not for the "Laughing Gas"

I went to see Good Boy not because of what I heard, but because we have an Italian Greyhound and wanted to see one in a movie. My daughter enjoyed the dogs but I was APPALLED to see the dogs get "tipsy" and run blurry-eyed, giggling around after the aersol can in the garage get knocked over. I don't think the young viewer can associate the difference between "laughing gas" and regular gas and aerosols that are found in a garage. We lose so many kids to "huffing" gas and this should not be shown in a humourous light to children. I found this to be utterly irresponsible and will not recommend this movie to any viewers with children unless the scene is removed from the film.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (8 ):

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.

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