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Wiener Dog Internationals

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Hokey, contrived sequel lacks heart and logic.

Movie G 2016 94 minutes
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Low-budget doesn't have to be lowbrow, but this sequel can't rise above the dopey plot, campy adult performances, and forced comic energy. Child actors Julian Feder as Danny and Caitlin Carmichael as Bridget do their best to bring a spark and some emotion to the proceedings, but they're defeated by the one-dimensional characterizations of everybody else. The realistic family portrayed in the original movie, which touched upon the emotional and economic struggles of a single-parent family, has been replaced by a dad who travels around the world at will, kids who engage in convoluted deceptions, and a story that relies on outlandish behavior from everyone involved. Seeing an array of adorable dachshunds in very funny international costumes run for the gold (about five minutes for a very short distance) and some mistaken-identity and dog-napping antics may provide kids with a few laughs, but it's a slim return on a 94-minute investment.

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