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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 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 5 reviews

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 bygavin m. jackson April 9, 2008

Just wanted to say

The fact that you give this as many stars as Kill Bill is ridiculous. Wow!
Adult Written byKimmie_777 April 9, 2008

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... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBestPicture1996 September 25, 2009

Here-and-there funny movie is just OK

The plot is odd, and the film gets weirder and less funny as it goes along, what with alien-talking dogs and all. Honestly I don't recommend it, but I don... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bystar girl April 9, 2008

OK movie-it had some digusting jokes and some farting

This movie I think was meant to either scare you or gross you out because I went into this movie thinking that it would be good but when I walked out I thought... 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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