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The Retrievers
The Retrievers
Actors: Mel Harris, Robert Hays, Alan Rachins, Robert Wagner, Betty White
Director: Paul Schneider
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
NR     2003     1hr 28min

The Lowrys are starting a new life, moving to the quiet Northern California town of Placerville. But when they are "adopted" by a clever yet lovable stray Golden Retriever, their lives change in ways they never imagined. ...  more »

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Actors: Mel Harris, Robert Hays, Alan Rachins, Robert Wagner, Betty White
Director: Paul Schneider
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy, Family Films, Comedy, Kids & Family
Studio: Allumination
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 05/07/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Ruth M. (nanam11) from ROCHESTER, NY
Reviewed on 10/28/2013...
Grand kids loved this movie, Nana liked it also!!!
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Tim T. (FireflyDaddy) from IRON CITY, TN
Reviewed on 7/3/2012...
Okay check my stats you'll find I don't get a lot of bad reviews. If it was me, toss everyone but the dogs.
Big question though ah why give dogs away if you want to keep them. Even so give the kids, no the whole family away wife and husband as well. Redo the whole film and I would give it a better grade. Tip for the actors good actors don't act like they are acting.
Lame movie I do mean lame. I even set through some of these stupid cheesy vampire movies but this one no, ugh uhh, not happening. I would rather watch nothing but Barny for the rest of my life then sit through this once more and I never saw it all the first time. Cops could use this to make crooks talk it's so bad.
Hey but don't believe me start to watch it for yourself. I didn't believe the bad reviews either. But don't say you haven't been warned.

Movie Reviews

Cute dogs but TERRIBLE movie!
Jason Bourne | South Jordan, UT United States | 07/08/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"As a dog lover, I feel really bad being critical of a family oriented movie that is about dogs.... but unfortunately, this movie is really terrible. I give it one star for the cute dogs, and that's it. The dogs aren't really even IN the movie that much... they don't actually DO anything. I guess I could have tolerated that, if the rest of the movie were worth watching. Sadly, it isn't... even worse, there are so many poor examples set in the movie that I didn't really even like having my kids watch it! First of all, the kids are terribly bratty. They find a dog, decide to keep her, then find out she is expecting puppies. She has the puppies, and when the time comes to find homes for them, the kids are upset that they have to get rid of them (understandably, of course.... but MOST people do NOT keep an entire litter of puppies just because the kids don't want to part with them....LOL). So, various people come to look at and pick a puppy. The kids treat them terribly, acting like spoiled brats... and the parents do NOTHING. So, the puppies go to different homes... granted, at least one of them is not for the best, a couple of young guys who don't seem the least bit ready to take responsibility for two puppies (but at this point, the 'reasonable' thing to do would have been to deny them the puppies). So, kids are sad.... dog seems sad, runs away, but is found and it is decided that she is 'looking for' her puppies. For some reason, the dad decides he made a mistake, and should have let the kids keep all the puppies (huh??), and the best thing to do is to try and get the puppies back (again, huh??). So, one by one, they track down the owners, one of which is happy to give the puppy back because it is too much trouble, but the others, I can't believe they are even ASKING to have the puppies back!! (Except for one... where the family/kids are obviously very attached, and providing a good home.... and I admit, if they had gone ahead and asked for that puppy back, I would have yanked the disc out of the dvd player and taken a hammer to it!). In one case, the owner doesn't seem to be home, so the family somehow decides it is okay to break into the house and make themselves comfortable, eating snacks, while waiting for the owner to get home, so they can 'ask' for their puppy back!! I have to be honest, at this point, I stopped watching... my kids had lost interest as well, and after a while, we just turned the movie off. So, it might have had a redeeming ending, but I doubt it. (Forgot to mention, while all this is going on, the dad is torn between his new job, and his demanding family.... and makes just as many poor decisions in his career as he does with his family.)
So, to sum things up... I was surprised at how much this movie actually bothered me. It wasn't just that it was boring, or that the story line wasn't that great. It was filled with one example after another, of ridiculous behavior, by the kids and the parents. I actually found myself telling my kids (over and over) that this was ONLY a movie and the things that were happening, and the way the kids were behaving would OF COURSE be unacceptable in our home.
I've seen many kid/family movies that are just 'okay'. Movies that are very predictable, fairly cheesy, with sub-par acting.... but kid-friendly and somewhat enjoyable to watch. THIS is NOT one of them. As I said, the puppies are cute, but aren't even a big enough part of the movie to make it worth watching for the puppies. So, if you want to watch a movie with your kids that shows them poor examples of almost everything, then this is your movie!!"
Nicole the dog lover!
John's Mommy | 08/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have this movie! It is a heartwarming story the family will ever love! They are a lot of puppies, a lot of love and attention for them. They found Pilot under the table. When the kids dad (Robert Hays)was on his first day to work, The dog was in the house. The kids wanted to keep him. Their mom said,"Yes!"
The kids were excited! Now it's your turn to watch it then type about it! And if you like The Retrievers, you'll love Miracle Dogs. Micacle Dogs is about a Springer spanlel that had puppies. I don't have Miracle Dogs yet but I might!"
Certainly not what I expected
John's Mommy | Indiana | 07/26/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The local christian book store had this on sale for $ could I go wrong? Well, my son didn't even want to watch the whole thing. Although the pups are cute, it is very slow moving. He loves animals, but shows no interest in finding out what happens in the end. The sibling rivalry, name calling, greedy attitudes and sexually charged scenes are not recommended for a family movie at my house. We'll stick to our Space Buddies movie!"