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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.
"Integrity means telling the truth. Being authentic is living the truth."
Positive Role Models
Tiny is a decent, caring dog. Scrappy is homeless and willing to help the villain undermine Tiny in exchange for shelter and regular meals. Bark is devious and vengeful.
Violence & Scariness
Tiny is kidnapped by the evil Bark and his crew. A villainous dog pees on his inept human henchperson when his eyes sting and he begs for water to clear them. Bad guys burn down the house of a group of street dogs. A skunk sprays a crowd of dogs and people. Cats threaten a small dog.
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"Nincompoop," "fur ball," and "doofus."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A veteran rock-and-roll dog mentions drug "flashbacks."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pup Star: Better 2gether is the talking-dog comedy sequel to Pup Star. As in the earlier movie, plucky dogs vie to be named Pup Star in a singing competition of the same name. Reigning champion Tiny is back to defend her title, but the same villainous rivals as last time stand in her way, kidnapping her once again and putting her in mild peril. An impolite dog lifts his leg on a man's face. Name-calling includes "nincompoop," "fur ball," and "doofus." When Tiny is dognapped and whimpers about never seeing her family again, some kids may get worried and weepy. But they'll probably delight in a scene with dogs eating spaghetti and meatballs at an Italian restaurant, and one of a small dog jumping into a birthday cake for a food fight. 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 nothing surprising or original in this movie, a virtual clone of Pup Star, which no doubt did well enough among the younger set to warrant the sequel. Nothing in Pup Star: Better 2gether will offend (except maybe an old rocker's drug reference to "flashbacks," which will go over the heads of the intended audience, and a scene in which a dog pees on a stupid man's face). Expect a lot of overacting, not a surprise in a movie in which dogs have the most lines. And, of course, the canine puns keep coming. There's Cardrool Karaoke, talk show host Jimmy Kibble, singer Taylor Sniff, and the high-end magazine Vanity Fur. It would be difficult to say that any of the action here is truly motivated by any logical plotting, but it's better than lying in a bed of fleas.
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