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Wiener Dog Nationals

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Upbeat, quirky dog movie focuses on doing the right thing.

Movie G 2013 82 minutes
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WIENER DOG NATIONALS is better than it has any right to be, in part because the actors here have a natural ease with the material and each other. Plus, there are some refreshing portrayals of a single-parent family's struggles -- there isn't enough money to travel and the kids have a relatable ambivalence toward each other. Sometimes you leave your oldest in charge not because he's proven to be a great babysitter, but because he's oldest and you've gotta go to work.

Young kids looking for lots of cute dog action may be frustrated for a bit -- they'll have to wait until the movie's third act to see any real action. Until then, it's a more relationship-driven movie about a family coming together that is likely to appeal to older kids. Parents who aren't concerned about the theme of parental loss will find an entertaining film with some funny but refreshingly direct material.

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