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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Step Dogs offers positive messages about family, moving on, accepting new relationships, and getting along.
Positive Role Models
Parents and most adults are engaged and present; teenagers are conflicted in a relatable way. Some characters are simplistically good or bad.
Violence & Scariness
Minor scenes using slapstick violence, such as slipping, sliding, and falling. In one scene a mailbox is blown up with dynamite but no one is injured. In another, a man falls off a ladder but has no injuries. In another, dogs slide a plant along a table to push it onto a man's head, but he is not injured.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman kiss briefly and embrace.
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Minor insults such as "dumb dog" or "moron," but no profanity.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Step Dogs' premise involves a newly combined family where both children have lost one or more parents to illness or accident. Their deaths are referenced and discussed in a few instances, but it is not a major recurring issue. There is also some slapstick violence involving slipping and sliding, but no one is hurt. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
STEP DOGS treads a lot of familiar ground: talking dogs, kids left alone, bumbling thieves after the family jewels. But competent performances here make this a perfectly passable, if rather unremarkable, piece of family entertainment.
Kids will enjoy the talking dogs and occasional fart joke, not to mention the endless pratfalls of the would-be thieves. There is a brief mention of the loss of one or more parents of both children to illness or accident, but it's not a recurring issue. That aside, parents can appreciate that this is a problem-free piece of entertainment that hits all the usual family comedy notes.
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