"Warm and Wonderful Family Entertainment"
What You Need To Know:
The whole family will enjoy the mystery, comedy and adventure that follows Shane and Dewey in FIREHOUSE DOG. The movie warms your heart, tickles your funny bone and keeps you on the edge of your seat all at the same time. It’s a dog-lover’s delight.
(BBB, V, M) Very strong moral worldview with good versus evil; no obscenity or profanity, but dog trainer mumbles words of disgust upon losing dog, dog relieves itself in a pot of human food which is not eaten, and dog has gas; light violence such as several intense scenes of fire rescue work and arson is discovered and rebuked; no sex scenes, but pampering of Hollywood star dog includes offering him some female companions, which he turns down; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking; and, arson.
FIREHOUSE DOG is a good, clean family movie with comedy, action, mystery, and positive values. It’s about a pampered movie star dog named Rex that gets lost while filming a scene in a thunderstorm. Mistaken as a stray mutt, Rex gets picked up by a company of firefighters. Rex is renamed Dewey because that was the name on the tag for the part he was playing when he was lost.
Fire station captain Connor Fahey (played by Bruce Greenwood) puts his son Shane (played by Josh Hutcherson of BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA) in charge of caring for Dewey and trying to find his owner. Shane has been a grump since his uncle, the previous station captain, was killed fighting a fire. At first, Shane is annoyed by Dewey, but Dewey shows himself to be an amazing stunt dog. Shane begins to become attached to Dewey. Dewey helps rescue a firefighter and gains great positive press for the fire station, which was just days from being closed.
Dewey helps Shane come out of his grumpy mood. He even helps clean his room and get focused on his homework (hey, it’s a movie, have some fun). The whole family will enjoy the adventure that follows as Shane and Dewey behave heroically in the face of danger. The movie manages to warm your heart, tickle your funny bone and keep you on the edge of your seat all at the same time. It’s a dog-lover’s delight.
In a year where Hollywood seems determined to sell excessive horror and violence, watching FIREHOUSE DOG is like getting rescued. MOVIEGUIDE® commends 20th Century Fox and all those involved in this production for making a very entertaining movie you can feel good about taking your children to this year. This one will be a kid favorite on DVD. They’ll want to watch it again and again.
If you enjoy the movie as much as we did, please write and thank the executives listed below. It’s always nice to get a note of appreciation. Let’s hope they make more and more enjoyable family movies we can commend.
This one should.