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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This movie goes to show that even important dads can have their shaggy moments. The gangsters who are affiliated with the crooked current D.A. get their comeuppance.
Positive Role Models
The Daniels family works together to get Mr. Daniels' campaign off the ground. Some adults are portrayed as greedy, crooked or unintelligent, but the good guys come out in front in the end.
Violence & Scariness
The crooks are a bit seedy. One of them uses a tranquilizer gun on the dog. The Daniels' neighbor has a shotgun, which he uses to shoot at trespassers. The dog punches a crook. Scary ladder climbing and walking on a high plank.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
'70s era cigarette-smoking by gangsters and people in a bar. Adults drink beer in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's some 1970s-era smoking and beer drinking in a bar. There's also some mild peril. The bad guys are pretty crooked, stealing and cheating to keep control of the local government. Actually, more of this comedy is concerned with the adult world than a kid's world. In fact, there's only one kid in the whole movie! Kids will like the slapstick and dog moments, though. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Tim Conway fans will enjoy watching the master comedian list a dubious array of ice cream flavors that he's selling out of his truck. There are some fun slapstick moments of the shaggy dog variety, but it's not quite as fun as the Herbie the Love Bug movies that made the actor Dean Jones famous. Nonetheless, there's a great food fight and a roller-derby scene that will make parents smile.
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