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Russell Madness

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Wrestling mayhem, potty humor in silly dog movie.

Movie PG 2015 92 minutes
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It has a familiar (and weak) story; substandard, clumsy special effects; and cardboard characters. This franchise entry simply can't live up to the original Air Bud film that engaged so many family filmgoers. But what it can do is make kids laugh. A delightful Russell careening through the air, defeating massive muscle-bound wrestlers in every bout and teaming up with a rascally monkey to defeat the bad guys and save the family business, will be enough for most young viewers. And multiple shots of dogs peeing doesn't hurt either. The movie will momentarily entertain, but it's unlikely to become a family classic.

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