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Pups Alone

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Derivative slapstick comedy is ruff; language, drinking.

Movie PG 2021 108 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

A nauseating and obnoxious parody of Home Alone!!!

A disgustingly distasteful ripoff of the original Home Alone we’ve grown to know from the 1990s decade!!! It’s like Home Alone “going to the dogs” in a movie that features dogs. Also most notable is one to a few uses of foul language.
age 5+

Bad acting

Tried to get a home alone theme but with dogs Good idea but failed as the acting and stunts are 3rd rate

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This is like the dog slobber of family comedy: It's kind of cute and funny, but mostly it's all wet. It features an enormous cast of folks who look familiar but maybe haven't been working as much as they used to -- and it's not their fault this film is so underwhelming. It's just sloppily made. While the script has some laugh-out-loud moments, particularly for kids who love gross-out humor (a dog passing gas in the face of criminals is particularly memorable), it lacks logic. And the camerawork and editing are terrible. Swooping close-ups jolt viewers into discomfort -- not to mention, it kills the jokes. The editing is amateur at best: One scene plays the same cut three times, twice with the audio dropped out.

The funniest performance in the movie is Rob Schneider's as José, the Chihuahua next door. Many viewers are likely to find the things José barks out hilarious. But even though Schneider's wife is from Mexico and he's fully bilingual, this is a White actor -- one with a reputation for playing offensive roles, including characters whose ethnicities are different from his own (Bedtime Stories, Don't Mess with the Zohan, 50 First Dates) -- putting on a Mexican accent. Not cool. Elsewhere in the cast, Hollinger gets most of the screen time and is good enough that this role might just get him cast playing a dad on a Disney Channel series. The other standout is Keith David, whose eloquent charm almost makes up for the fact that his character fits the Magical Negro trope. As unoriginal as it is, Pups Alone might still have been OK, but the director clearly didn't care enough to put in the effort, allowing it to -- yes -- go to the dogs.

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