Predictable, poorly executed romcom with talking dogs.
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that PawParazzi is a live-action film about a selfish, misbehaving young actress/media celebrity who travels from the big city to a Midwestern farming community to shoot a movie. Accompanied by her talking dog, the heroine learns about simple values and small-town folks and becomes a better person. Conflict is provided by two dim-witted thieves who are after the star's diamond necklace. Slapstick action -- pratfalls, chases, a "robbery" -- is neither suspenseful nor scary. Positive messages are delivered directly: "People are more important than possessions." "Real success is being a good person."
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What's the Story?
Young actress London Bridges (Sarah Fletcher) is bratty, full of herself, and a constant topic of gossip and media attention in PAWPARAZZI. With her fluffy, wise-cracking little dog Latte always on her hip, London craves attention and gets it. A trip to a rural Michigan farming community to shoot a period movie called There Will Be Oil changes everything. There, she meets earnest young farmer Tom (Russell Bradley Fenton) and encounters folks with heart and old-fashioned values. Unfortunately for the actress, she's followed to the location by a couple of moronic, minor-league thieves, Kim Quick (Amy McFadden) and Walter White (Joe Anderson), who will do whatever it takes to steal London's lustrous, well-publicized diamond necklace. As London begins to warm up to the down-home charms of Tom and the community, Kim and Walter make off with the diamond. The proverbial "chaos" ensues.
Is It Any Good?
There's simply nothing to recommend in this predictable, corny, and amateurish film; even the talking-dog performances are subpar. Low-budget doesn't have to mean low-quality, but in the case of PawParazzi, there's not a hint of artfulness in the writing, direction, or performances. Jay Mohr shows up as a reality TV personality in intercut sequences that are excruciatingly inept. Those scenes are matched hand-in-hand with the two baddies whose excessive theatrics aren't helped by a director who should have known better. There are far better options for family viewing.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the appeal of "redemption" movies like PawParazzi: stories about people who realize the error of their ways, change their behavior, and then find meaning and happiness. Do you think such stories give viewers hope? For other people? For themselves?
Settings (locations) are sometimes described as another "character" in a movie. In what ways was London's redemption affected by her time in the farming community setting?
Why do you think the filmmakers included talking animals in this film? Was the story changed by their presence in the movie? Did they add to the comedy?
- On DVD or streaming: March 19, 2019
- Cast: Sarah Fletcher, Russell Bradley Fenton, Jay Mohr
- Director: Ari Novak
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship
- Run time: 98 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- Last updated: October 14, 2022
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