Step Dogs

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Predictable Home Alone-style adventure with talking dogs.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Step Dogs offers positive messages about family, moving on, accepting new relationships, and getting along.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff

A man and woman kiss briefly and embrace.


Minor insults such as "dumb dog" or "moron," but no profanity.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10, 15, and 17-year-old Written byShawna T. June 11, 2017

What some find May find offensive!

The movie starts out with a woman wearing a low cut top and her boobs bouncing around while she is filming a movie. What's the purpose for her sharing ...... Continue reading
Adult Written byllp13b July 24, 2018

Great for the Family!

Step Dogs was a great film for the whole family. The film features themes of companionship and overcoming difficulties as well a good amount of humor. I highly... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byRyanne.d July 12, 2018

It’s awesome

The dogs are awesome the whole movie is just super great if a little cheesy but that’s okay

What's the story?

Thanks to Aunt Sabrina (Emilie Ullerup) taking a break from her big Hollywood career to marry Rick and settle in, Lacey (Eliana Jones) and Josh (Dylan Schmid) are now stepsiblings. Problem is, they, and their beloved pet dogs Cassie and Meatball, are from two different worlds -- shallow Hollywood versus the bucolic countryside. But when the kids are left alone for their parents' honeymoon, and scheming thieves plot to steal Sabrina's family heirloom, the four of them will have to learn to put differences aside and not just get along, but also work together.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about getting along with siblings. Do you have siblings? Do you get along well? Why or why not?

  • What age is it OK for kids to be left home alone in your family? What are some safety issues kids should be prepared to deal with when home alone?

  • Do you have pets? What do you think they might say if they could talk?

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