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The Dog Who Saved Christmas

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Warm fuzzies abound in feel-good holiday tale.

Movie PG 2009 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 6+
age 5+

This is definitely not a 4-star movie

Should not have been on the holiday list and the rating is completely off. Bad role models, poor story, concerning couple dynamic

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (7 ):

THE DOG WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS is another feel-good holiday tale that will have the whole family smiling by the end. The mix of a crafty young hero, two inept thieves, and a houseful of Christmas decorations may at first be reminiscent of Home Alone, but there's much more to it. Zeus' moving tale aside, a subplot surrounding a mysterious neighbor also reminds viewers that even though a person's (or dog's) inner spirit may not be obvious at first, it's still the true judge of their character.

There's no reason to sweat the content in this family-friendly comedy (a gun with suction-cup ammo and one noisy farting scene are about as iffy as things get), but if you've got a soft spot for second-chance animal tales, then you might want to grab the tissues before you settle in. Fiction or not, it's hard not to be moved by Zeus' desperate quest for a forever home.

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