A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rescue Dogs: The Movie is a silly, though well-intentioned, movie about a nice guy, his talking rescue dog, and their fight to keep their beachside restaurant. While there are strong messages about loyalty and being true to yourself -- and the good-guy characters mean well -- there's also a stereotypical banker who only cares about money, a cat-holding villain who's pulling the strings, etc. There's also flirting (with a kiss on the cheek), name-calling, and farting, and at one point the rescue dog, Charger, runs away to help save the day.
What's the story?
In RESCUE DOGS: THE MOVIE, Tracy (Paul Haapaniemi) and his talking rescue dog, Charger (voiced by Peter Oldring), fight to save their beachside restaurant from an evil banker who wants to buy the land and turn it into a golf course. Tracy is barely able to pay rent as it is, and once the banker schemes to take him down, Charger runs away. Of course, that's just because he's trying to save the day!
Is it any good?
Rescue Dogs is a harmless, cartoon-like movie about a nice guy trying to save his restaurant. Tracy and Charger are a team both in the kitchen and in life, and their adventures yield some positive lessons about loyalty, following your dreams, and taking care of your family. But while the movie certainly good intentions -- all of the animals are rescued (and they all talk, which is sometimes cute and sometimes annoying) -- it's more like a long sitcom episode than a film; even at just 90 minutes, Rescue Dogs feels a little long.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it's like to worry about or miss a pet. Have you ever had a pet run away (like Charger) or pass away? How did you handle it?
Which of the characters in Rescue Dogs are meant to be role models? How can you tell? Are any of the characters stereotypical? Why does that matter?
Why do you think movies about dogs are so popular? How does this one compare to others you might have seen?
- In theaters: April 1, 2016
- On DVD or streaming: July 1, 2016
- Cast: Courtney Daniels, Peter Oldring, Paul Haapaniemi
- Directors: M.J. Anderson, Haik Katsikian
- Studio: Busted Buggy Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Run time: 87 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: some rude humor
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