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Release Date: October 10, 2003

Starring: Liam Aiken, Kevin Nealon, Molly Shannon, Brittany Moldowan, and the voices of Matthew Broderick, Delta Burke, Brittany Murphy, Carl Reiner, Donald Faison, Vanessa Redgrave, and Cheech Marin

Genre: Science Fiction/Comedy

Audience: All ages REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder GOOD BOY! is a
warm-hearted, funny film that
will probably delight the
whole family. The goofy
storyline is peppered with
lots of comical, touching
interludes that really
illuminate the premise. Young
Owen Baker, 12, has his share
of problems. His parents make
their living by buying, fixing
up, and selling the houses
where they live. Owen feels
the strain of moving all the
time and has a hard time
making friends, especially
when the neighborhood bullies
won't leave him alone. Now, he
finds himself adopting a
talking dog from outer space,
whom he names Hubble. An
accident with one of Hubble's
machines allows Owen to
understand what Hubble and all
the dogs in the neighborhood
are saying. Hubble tells Owen
that unless they can prove to
The Greater Dane that dogs,
not humans, are in charge on
Earth, she will recall all the
dogs on the planet to the home
star, Sirius, which is, of
course, the Dog Star. Now,
that really is a serious
matter! The filmmakers behind
this entertaining family movie
helped themselves immensely by
casting a talented child
actor, Liam Aiken, as Owen and
comic actor Matthew Broderick
as Hubble, the dog from outer
space. Liam establishes a good
rapport with the rest of the
cast, including the dogs. When
he has to make a moving speech
to The Greater Dane defending
the relationship between dogs
and people, he delivers it
with total conviction.
Broderick also brings
believability to his role as
the exasperated
extraterrestrial canine. At
one point, Hubble tries to
teach the neighborhood dogs
dignity and peacefulness by
holding a meditation session.
The session is broken up when,
suddenly, the neighborhood
bullies baseball flies nearby,
and the dogs are unable to
maintain their
composure. Rounding out the
cast are Kevin Nealon and
Molly Shannon as Owen's
caring, but preoccupied,
parents and some star cameos
by people like Carl Reiner,
Delta Burke, and Vanessa
Redgrave. The different
characters help the story move
along at a nice pace. Owen's
speech defending the earth
dogs helps give the movie its
strong moral worldview. Hubble
thinks the earth dogs are lazy
and undignified freeloaders,
but Owen points out all the
goodness, protection, love,
and loyalty that dogs give to
humans. Humans don't call dogs
man's best friend for nothing,
Owen says. This positive
worldview is slightly spoiled
by a couple New Age references
to meditation and mental
exercises, but these
references turn out to be good
opportunities for some humor.
More bothersome is the fact
that one of the dogs has two
male owners who appear to be
homosexual, though this
apparent fact is unstated.
Such silly, gratuitous
homosexual allusions are
completely out of place for a
family movie. Though brief,
they are annoying, and result
in a lower acceptability
rating than MOVIEGUIDE® would
have liked to give this
movie. GOOD BOY! also contains
some brief, light scatological
humor. For example, one of the
neighborhood dogs has a
problem passing gas. GOOD BOY!
ultimately transcends these
problems. It is an enjoyable
family movie with a
lighthearted moral message.
The movie also will entertain
and move dog lovers. It
celebrates the joys of owning
a dog, one of the great
pleasures in life that God has
blessed His children,
especially parents and their
children. Please address your
comments to: Alex Yemenidjian,
CEO MGM/UA 2500 Broadway
Street Santa Monica, CA
90404-3061 Phone: (310)
449-3000

Rating: PG

Runtime: 89 minutes

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Content:

(BBB, Pa, PC, Ho, L, V) Very strong moral worldview with hero describing all the good, heroic, loving, and loyal things that people derive from their relationship with dogs and a strong family at the story's center as well as two New Age scenes become jokes, providing a subtle comical dig at New Age practices, such as meditation, and politically correct, homosexual element where one of the minor dog characters has two male owners who live together (Rover has two daddys?); a couple of very light obscenities, references to dog poo, dog urinates on tree, and dog has a gas problem; some comical violence such as dogs protect boy from bullies who are beating him up, dogs chase bullies, spaceship crashes, and food table upset; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking; and, nothing else really objectionable.

GENRE: Science Fiction/Comedy

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Summary:

GOOD BOY!, a warm-hearted, funny family movie, tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who accidentally adopts a dog from outer space who wants to know if dogs, not humans, are in charge on Earth. This good-natured, entertaining movie is slightly marred by a homosexual allusion and some light scatological humor.

Review:

GOOD BOY! is a warm-hearted, funny film that will probably delight the whole family. The goofy storyline is peppered with lots of comical, touching interludes that really illuminate the premise.

Young Owen Baker, 12, has his share of problems. His parents make their living by buying, fixing up, and selling the houses where they live. Owen feels the strain of moving all the time and has a hard time making friends, especially when the neighborhood bullies won't leave him alone.

Now, he finds himself adopting a talking dog from outer space, whom he names Hubble. An accident with one of Hubble's machines allows Owen to understand what Hubble and all the dogs in the neighborhood are saying. Hubble tells Owen that unless they can prove to The Greater Dane that dogs, not humans, are in charge on Earth, she will recall all the dogs on the planet to the home star, Sirius, which is, of course, the Dog Star. Now, that really is a serious matter!

The filmmakers behind this entertaining family movie helped themselves immensely by casting a talented child actor, Liam Aiken, as Owen and comic actor Matthew Broderick as Hubble, the dog from outer space. Liam establishes a good rapport with the rest of the cast, including the dogs. When he has to make a moving speech to The Greater Dane defending the relationship between dogs and people, he delivers it with total conviction. Broderick also brings believability to his role as the exasperated extraterrestrial canine. At one point, Hubble tries to teach the neighborhood dogs dignity and peacefulness by holding a meditation session. The session is broken up when, suddenly, the neighborhood bullies baseball flies nearby, and the dogs are unable to maintain their composure.

Rounding out the cast are Kevin Nealon and Molly Shannon as Owen's caring, but preoccupied, parents and some star cameos by people like Carl Reiner, Delta Burke, and Vanessa Redgrave. The different characters help the story move along at a nice pace.

Owen's speech defending the earth dogs helps give the movie its strong moral worldview. Hubble thinks the earth dogs are lazy and undignified freeloaders, but Owen points out all the goodness, protection, love, and loyalty that dogs give to humans. Humans don't call dogs man's best friend for nothing, Owen says.

This positive worldview is slightly spoiled by a couple New Age references to meditation and mental exercises, but these references turn out to be good opportunities for some humor. More bothersome is the fact that one of the dogs has two male owners who appear to be homosexual, though this apparent fact is unstated. Such silly, gratuitous homosexual allusions are completely out of place for a family movie. Though brief, they are annoying, and result in a lower acceptability rating than MOVIEGUIDE® would have liked to give this movie.

GOOD BOY! also contains some brief, light scatological humor. For example, one of the neighborhood dogs has a problem passing gas.

GOOD BOY! ultimately transcends these problems. It is an enjoyable family movie with a lighthearted moral message. The movie also will entertain and move dog lovers. It celebrates the joys of owning a dog, one of the great pleasures in life that God has blessed His children, especially parents and their children.

Please address your comments to:

Alex Yemenidjian, CEO

MGM/UA

2500 Broadway Street

Santa Monica, CA 90404-3061

Phone: (310) 449-3000

SUMMARY: GOOD BOY!, a warm-hearted, funny family movie, tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who accidentally adopts a dog from outer space who wants to know if dogs, not humans, are in charge on Earth. This good-natured, entertaining movie is slightly marred by a homosexual allusion and some light scatological humor.

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