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|Firehouse Dog |
Full Screen Edition
Actors: Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Bill Nunn, Scotch Ellis Loring, Mayte Garcia
Genres: Kids & Family
Rex, Hollywood's top K-9 star, gets lost and is reluctantly adopted by a young boy. His father, fire chief of a rundown station agrees to the adoption only if his defiant son takes care of the K-9. Little do they realize R... more »
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Toby S. from GAITHERSBURG, MD
Reviewed on 8/26/2010...
One of my 2 daughters' favorites, not a child separated from parents movie, like many others. Uplifting, and all the boys love it, too. Also, one of a few of the kids movies that the grown ups can watch over, and over, and over ... without screaming.
DANA K. from OLDSMAR, FL
Reviewed on 2/8/2010...
cte fun for the whole fsmily
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Christi H. (mickeygirl74) from ALBEMARLE, NC
Reviewed on 10/27/2008...
This was a cute movie. Who doesn't love a dog, especially one who like to rescue people?
Mark P. (mobilemark) from LOS ANGELES, CA
Reviewed on 11/26/2007...
this was very excellent movie I loved it -it has its moments but also
shows love and caring for others I give it 5 stars
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 09/01/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a good old fashioned family movie about a boy and a dog, and of course, like all shaggy dog tales, the mutt is the star. Celebrity dog Rexxx (note the x's) chucks in his glamorous poodle-filled life to become a firehouse dog, the only fringe benefits being that he can chase the fire-engine and investigate a lot of hydrants.
He adopts a young boy named Shane, who is rather unwilling at first, but after some aerial acrobatics, a few search and rescues and a lot of canine flatulence, Shane finally gets around to appreciating Rexxx, even though he mistakenly believes his name to be Dewey. "Dewey" soon rises to the rank of mascot, and is duly appreciated by the humans, especially the inhabitants of the Dogpatch Fire Station, who although friendly enough, don't seem to be the sharpest tools in the shed.
There are two other stories filling out the movie, one being the relationship between Shane and his firefighter father, and the other being the mystery of the curiously contagious conflagrations in the Dogpatch area.
Corny and cheesy in places, but never whiny, this is a movie you can watch with small kids (your teenagers may be otherwise occupied), but as you will see, the star of this movie is undoubtedly the hot mutt.
Amanda Richards, September 1, 2007
Lame but Lovable 'Dog'
Rocky Raccoon | Boise, ID | 09/23/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Critics will undoubtedly have a bone to pick with `Firehouse Dog'. I can hear all sorts of comments coming to roost: "Lame and predictable 'Dog' ,...What a dog!...too doggone routine,...you can't teach these screenwriters new tricks...let this one roll over and play dead." I have to admit that this movie is often dumb (and I usually don't like dumb movies), but it often contains some decent family entertainment. The jokes are nearly all dumb, but at least they are effective nearly half of the time. While there are enough "spots" to tarnish this film, it has some solid components and redeeming qualities.
The premise isn't unusual. Prima donna canine movie star Rexxx has an implausible accident during a stunt in a scene for a recent movie. Stray from the cast and crew, he hits the road and comes into the company of "Rescue 26/Engine 55," a neighborhood fire station whose existence is teetering on the contingency of budget cuts of all things. Following him is his ambitious and greedy agent who all but gives up the diva dog for good. Above the fire station is an administrator who has a plan of his own for the firehouse.
While the plot sometimes makes one want to howl, the acting is laudably in prime shape. Josh Halverson (of 'Bridge to Terabithia' fame) ably plays Shane Fahey, a hapless son of the fire chief, who is scarred by the deaths of his mother and his uncle, whom his father replaced. Coming across a self-willed stray is hardly compensation for the pre-adolescent who only has a girl love interest and a concerned, but stern father to help him commiserate his inner wounds. Bruce Greenwood gives us a laudably earnest performance as his father, Connor, who must wear his badge warily with all the problems set before them.
Whether campy or serious, the flashback scenes are particularly well done, and the dangers presented have enough direness without being a hazard to young psyches. At its meatier times, they get tongue-in-cheek as they bolster the formula even with Rex's portfolio. Having starred in 'The Fast and the Furriest' and 'Jurassic Bark,' Rex's fate lies whether he chooses the primrose path and the red carpet treatment or keeping it real where he's needed at the fire station. There's also a mock funeral scene that pokes fun of everyone involved. 'Firehouse Dog' is just ridiculous and real enough to work to keep the family satisfied, even if too many of the jokes remind one of the slick slapstick scenes when fire fighters slide down the firehouse pole."
Great Family Film
Gina Kershaw | Wrightwood, CA USA | 06/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My family saw this movie two times and really enjoyed it - all of us (ages: 44, 40, 15, 13, 11 and 7). There are some very funny moments and the film has a great message about family. I highly recommend the film for your DVD collection - it is one that will be watched over and over."