A boy whose mother left him and whose father is a firefighter lacks direction and keeps getting into trouble. That is, until he finds a stray dog that seems to know exactly what the boy needs. The dog used to be a superstar canine actor, which was separated from its crew and lost when a stunt failed. With Josh Hutcherson, Bree Turner, Bruce Greenwood, Dash Mihok and Steven Culp. Directed by Todd Holland. [1:51]
SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man points a dog to a hotel room where there are three poodles (apparently female) lying in a bed waiting, and the dog looks at them panting but leaves the room.
► A man is shown sleeping bare-chested. Several firefighters are shown sleeping in their underwear (one is a woman). Three men look at a woman wearing a low-cut and tight-fitting evening gown and remark about her appearance, and women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage.
VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A firefighter is trapped inside a burning structure, the overpass above cracks and begins to collapse into the structure, a dog digs and finds the firefighter buried under rubble and dirt and she is carried to safety.
► A fire starts in a building where a dog is sleeping, a firefighter climbs a ladder to retrieve the dog, the dog jumps toward the man and knocks him off the ladder (he dangles from a safety tether), and the dog falls into a life net (both the dog and the firefighter are fine).
► A boy sprays a man with a fire extinguisher, the building they are in bursts into flames, the man and the boy struggle, and they are thrown and trapped under rubble; then there is an explosion, the building begins to collapse, and a dog traps the man in a phone booth (the boy, the dog and the man get out of the building uninjured).
► A woman kicks and punches a man and knocks him unconscious.
► A plane is struck by lightning, and a dog falls out of the plane and hurls toward the ground while howling; it finally slams into a truck filled with tomatoes (the dog is messy, but OK). A dog jumps off a balcony, falls several stories, and bounces on an awning and onto the sidewalk below (the dog is fine).
► Firefighters spray water on a large fire, and something explodes sending flames high into the air (no one is hurt).
► An animal control agent with a restraint mechanism chases a dog and the dog is cornered in an alley, but it jumps a fence and gets away.
► A dog jumps on a boy and knocks him out of his chair. A dog jumps on a boy knocking him down and then burps loudly. A dog knocks over a wine rack and several bottles break. A dog rides a skateboard and is nearly hit by a car. A dog whimpers and runs frantically through a house sliding on the floors and crashing into a wall.
► We see people and animals gathered at a funeral for a dog and one man grieves. A man takes a dog away from a boy. A dog is depressed and grieves over its lost love. A man cries and grieves when he thinks that his dog is dead.
► A boy has a bad dream about a fire and firefighters trying to rescue people inside a flaming building.
► Two firefighters slide down a pole, and one lands on the other's shoulders (this happens in a couple of scenes). We see someone building a device that will start fires.
► A boy tells his father that he thought he had died in a fire and that the boy was happy when he found out that the man who died was his uncle and not his father. We hear that a boy's uncle died in a fire. We hear that a boy's mother left him when he was young.
► A dog defecates in a stew pot after tasting it. A dog urinates on a fire, putting it out (we see stream). A dog flatulates and a boy reacts to the odor; a dog flatulates in several other scenes.
► A boy and a dog fight over a pair of shorts, the shorts tear and the boy falls on the floor. A woman works out by punching a hanging bag.
PROFANITY 2 - 1 scatological term, 3 mild anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (jerk, pain in the butt), 2 religious exclamations, a cologne is described as smelling like "bacon, squirrel and butt-crack." [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman drink champagne, and a man drinks a beer. Someone smokes a cigarette.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Stardom, creativity, firefighting, arson, murder, heartbreak, disappointment, publicity, depression, love, strength, courage, death of a pet, grief, heroes, child being left by a parent, search and rescue dogs, skipping school, responsibility, real estate development, corruption, guilt, greed.
MESSAGE - Family can be found in many combinations.