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The Dogfather

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Iffy humor and stereotyping in slapstick dog movie.

Movie PG 2011 88 minutes
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Fans of Beethoven and its sequels will enjoy this slapstick dog comedy. It, too, finds much of its humor in rambunctious dog chases, constant pratfalls, and the less savory aspects of house-training a dog. The problem is that while there's a lot of goofiness to go around, it isn't enough to overcome the trite storyline and the attempts at parodying Mafia characters that veer a little too close to stereotyping Italian-Americans as a whole.

Not even the talents of Chris Parnell, and the cuteness of Sonny the bulldog can get past these shortcomings. Furthermore, for parents trying to get their families away from gun culture in all its forms, this movie instead shows kids having a lot of fun with Nerf guns while staging pretend battles and attacks.

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