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Sox: A Family's Best Friend

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Talking-dog movie about blended families is painfully dull.

Movie NR 2013 85 minutes
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SOX: A FAMILY'S BEST FRIEND proves that even a reliable premise, such as a new family with a talking dog, can fall flat. The characters don't come to life, the suspense is nonexistent, and the villain is boring and silly. All those things weigh down what could be a perfectly fine, family-friendly movie about a blended family, two brothers struggling to get along, a character who inexplicably, but hilariously, loves saying words that start with the letter P, and a strange love-at-first-sight subplot as a result.

There just isn't enough chemistry, and the bad guy is not bad enough, or interesting enough, to keep this going. Plus, Sox just isn't that compelling a talking dog. He really should have better advice. Could be hit or miss with talking-dog lovers, but even young kids could be too bored with these long sequences of bad-guy hostage talk and wooden acting. Lots better out there.

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