In Hollywood, canine superstar Rexxx is literally top dog and gets top billing in some of the biggest movie blockbusters. But when Rexxx gets lost and ends up far from the red-carpet world of Tinseltown, he's completely out of his element. In the end, it takes a lonely boy (Josh Hutcherson) and a company of firefighters to give him a true sense of belonging. Todd Holland directs this family-friendly story.
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- Todd Holland
PGSequences of action peril, some mild crude humor and language
Widescreen 1.85:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; deleted scenes; making-of featurette.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Firehouse Dog is a doggy adventure that includes unexpected dramatic elements -- like Shane's fear that his fire-captain dad will die. Known for ditching school and disobeying his father, Shane has behavioral and communication issues. He and his father also both deal with grieving the recent loss of a relative. A few fiery sequences may be too intense for very young kids, even though no one gets hurt. A boy is stuck in a burning house with an arsonist. Basic PG curses: "suck," "crap," "jerk," "stupid," "dumb," "hell," etc. As for canine antics, Rex is so pampered that he's even set up with three female poodles waiting on a doggy bed. But he doesn't indulge, instead running to help save people from a fire.
- Sexual Content
- The two fire captains, their kids, and their dogs all flirt with each other. Rex's original owner and manager hug and hold hands. A female firefighter wears a sexy gown that makes her colleagues stare.
- A few flashbacks to the day a firefighter died and a couple of intense fire scenes that might frighten younger children, even though no one ends up hurt. A boy is stuck in a burning house with an arsonist.
- Basic PG curses: "suck," "crap," "jerk," "stupid," "dumb," "hell," etc.
- Social Behavior
- Rex discovers that he prefers helping people as a firehouse dog than entertaining them as an overindulged Hollywood star. Shane has behavioral issues, but he and the captain finally communicate and work through their father-son problems. A female firefighter is a good role model: She's just as tough as her male counterparts but can also dress up in a fancy outfit.
- Shane owns all of the following: Mac laptop, iPod, PSP, Play Station 2, Tony Hawk T-shirt, Green Day poster.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A benefit gala includes a brief glimpse of partygoers drinking champagne.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it