A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Deserving people can find happiness. A little nudge is sometimes needed to help folks move in the right direction.
Positive Role Models
Leading characters are honest, empathic, and upstanding. Stereotypical effeminate male. Finds humor in seniors with memory issues. No ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Literal pie-in-the-face slapstick falls and spills.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couple lives together before marriage; kisses. Mild sexual innuendo (will they or won't they?) and banter.
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"Breaks wind," "pee." Dogs are encouraged to poop to retrieve a ring.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine and champagne in social settings. No drunkenness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Puppy Swap: Love Unleashed is a live-action, talking-dog story. In this adventure, the adorable pups play matchmakers to a young couple whose romance has gone astray. There's no peril or suspense, only some slapstick action, which includes pies in the face and some tumbles. Some typical pooch bodily functions are referenced: pee, poop, "breaking wind," and in multiple instances, a puppy swallows something that must later be "retrieved." The couple at the center of the story kiss, cuddle together in one sleeping bag, and there's a "will they or won't they?" vibe, but no sex. Expect some stereotyping: an effeminate man and an aging woman whose memory issues and confusion are meant to elicit laughs. With romantic comedy at the heart of this tale, the movie is okay for tweens, but not meant for those looking for a cute and cuddly animal romp. 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 odd hybrid of cloying talking-dog story, farcical comedy, and sweet but routine romance is weakened further by amateurish execution, some overblown performances, and an ever-changing tone. Everybody is working hard in Puppy Swap: Love Unleashed, but they're undone by the incompetence and inconsistency of the creative team in charge. A ten-mile car ride, which starts in daylight, ends at night. Dogs that are supposed to be identical are anything but. Some of the actors are obviously brand new, and others are painfully unrestrained. Sara Fletcher, an able young actress, deserves better. And it's a sad legacy for Margot Kidder, in what was most certainly her last role.
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