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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Cheating doesn't pay.
Positive Role Models
Jay is creative, smart, and hard-working, but when his project is stolen and presented by someone else, he can't figure out how to expose the cheater.
Violence & Scariness
Comic violence throughout includes a small attack-dog with bared teeth and loud growls. A kid kicks another off his bike. A car crashes and no one is hurt. A man sticks his head into a bowling ball delivery tube and is whacked in the head.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hounded is a 2001 Disney Channel comedy-adventure. It features a vicious dog constantly on the attack, but because the dog is small, the attacking is played for humor. Nevertheless, some kids may find the snarling dog's bared teeth scary. Others may find the movie tedious for its unrelenting depiction of characters who make one terrible decision after another. A boy is cheated out of a scholarship, but poor problem-solving is really the subject on display. Apart from the aggressive dog (she attacks without drawing blood), violence is fairly mild. A kid is kicked off his bike by a bully. A car crashes. A grownup helps cover up his child's bad deed. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This looks to create humor out of stupidity and ineptitude, but mostly from one weak joke -- everyone is terrified of a tiny aggressive dog. It may seem nit-picky, but Camille is a vicious, disobedient, destructive, untrained pooch. Show dogs, on the other hand, are meticulously cultivated to be none of those. Although Tahj Mowry gives a charming performance, he's working from a script that allows no one in Hounded to demonstrate the slightest bit of common sense. From the start, it's clear the filmmakers themselves have no interest in logic as several students witness the headmaster confiscating Jay's presentation, providing Jay with all the proof he needs that he was robbed of his project from the start. But pointing that out would have brought the movie's action to a dead halt just a few minutes in and, perhaps, for that we might all have been better off.
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