A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Attempts at comedy through slapstick violence. Swordfight scene. Guns pulled in one scene. Villain threatens to cut off one of Pancho's legs. Fighting with punches to the chest. Creepy scenes involving Pancho moving to a new house in which the owners have their dead poodle stuffed and looking horrific, magnified by horror movie nods like a thunderstorm at night highlighting the poodle's frozen face. A tied-up cat gets catapulted into the sky with a pitchfork.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Innuendo. Scene in which Alberto and his love interest wake up next to each other in a hotel unclothed but covered by the sheets, with Alberto asking, "Did we sleep together?" (Spoiler alert: They didn't.) Alberto discusses his dating life with Panch; Pancho barks a question asking about Alberto's sexual orientation. Tween character has a crush.
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Products & Purchases
Friskies dog food products appear throughout, either as food or in advertisements on the street. Direct mention of Facebook. Lego products often appear in the background of scenes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Man who kidnaps Pancho and tries to sell him to new owners tells the prospective owners that the dog knows how to make a gin and tonic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Millionaire Dog is a Spanish-language comedy (with English subtitles) about Pancho, a rich dog who must learn to fend for himself in order to avoid capture by an unscrupulous villain. But if you're in the market for a family-friendly dog-themed movie, look elsewhere. In scenes guaranteed to give younger kids nightmares, poor Pancho ends up adopted into a home where the owners had their dead poodle preserved and stuffed, its face frozen in a look of sheer terror (which is magnified when the poodle's face is highlighted by lightning and thunder at night). There's also a scene with a swordfight, as well as punches, kicks, guns, and slapstick violence. Language is minimal ("hell"). The lead human character develops a romance with a woman who's helping him find Pancho. In one scene, the two wake up next to each other in a hotel room, with the man having no idea how he ended up there and asking "Did we sleep together?" Early in the movie, Pancho (through barking) asks the man about his sexual orientation. Obvious product placement includes Friskies products throughout the movie. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Perhaps the best thing that can be said about this movie is that Pancho thankfully doesn't speak a human language, which is usually how these types of "cute dog" movies go. Other than that, there's not much to redeem Millionaire Dog. It's full of iffy jokes about sex, a tied-up cat getting catapulted into the sky with a pitchfork, and a creepy stuffed poodle with a horrifying frozen face that's guaranteed to give younger kids nightmares. The story is trite, even by "cute dog movie" standards, and quite often, Pancho looks to have about as much life as the dead poodle.
There's also the kind of product placement that almost puts this on par with the mid-'80s "so bad it's good" McDonald's-sponsored E.T. rip-off Mac and Me. It's pretty clear that Friskies had a financial stake in this movie. But they may be questioning their investment, given that the acting is substandard and the story meanders and nonsensical (even by the loose standards of animal movies like these). It's a tasteless, crass, unfunny movie and an insult to pet-loving families looking for something kid-friendly.
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