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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
The movie values being kind and nurturing to animals, working together to triumph over foes, and being open to new situations.
Positive Role Models
Positive adult characters include a mom, the owner of a dog care facility, a veterinarian, and a grandmother. Villains are all cartoonish and bumbling, with exaggerated negative traits. One baddie is very overweight and obsessed by food. A few people of color are shown among background players.
Violence & Scariness
A few cartoon falls, bumps, crashes, egg splatters, chases, with very mild suspense.
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Most of the humor is focused on dog poop and farting.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Dog Who Saved Easter is the fifth in a series of holiday movies about Zeus, a happy-go-lucky retriever, and the bumbling villains he encounters, this time during the Easter season. Fans of the usual dog poop and fart humor found in the other films won't be disappointed; there's plenty of it. A few mild cartoon action sequences show the bad guys subject to falls, chases, and bumps. No animal is ever in danger and the spirit of the film is light, cartoonish, and always predictable. In keeping with the springtime theme, there are many shots of cute kids, cute animals, pretty flowers, budding romances, and happy resolutions. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Cute dogs, harmless buffoonery, and sweet romance (both canine and human) add up to a predictably safe sequel. In fact, it's all predictable: the farting foodie, the ever-present dog poop, the appealing variety of dog breeds and types, and the repeat villains who always seem to be in the lovable Zeus's way. It's far from great film-making; there are no thoughtful insights, no lessons to be learned. Still, it's fine for kids who like Zeus and his adventures, and for others who may be new to the series.
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