A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Promotes small-town values: community, helping others, simplicity. Big-city values -- fame, fortune -- encourage bad behavior. "Real success is being a good person." "Keeping friends that look out for your well-being have nothing to do with diamonds."
Positive Role Models
Spoiled, selfish celebrity changes her behavior, learns value of empathy, humility, teamwork.
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick villains: chase, robbery.
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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." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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