Firehouse Dog [2007] [PG] - 1.4.2

 
 

PLEASE HELP!

Although our site is very popular, the current economic climate has reduced our revenues just when we need extra security to prevent attacks from hackers who don't like what we do. If you think what we do is worthwhile, please donate or become a member.



ASSIGNED NUMBERS

Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

 [more »]


Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
1 to 10

WEB LINKS

» Critics.com
» Official Site
» IMDb Listing


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.

Special Keywords: S1 - V4 - P2 - MPAAPG

Our Ratings Explained

Tell Friends About Our Site

Become a Member


A CAVEAT: We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and some of our early standards were not as stringent as they are now. We therefore need to revisit many older reviews, especially those written prior to 1998 or so; please keep this in mind if you're consulting a review from that period. While we plan to revisit and correct older reviews our resources are limited and it is a slow, time-consuming process.




INAPPROPRIATE ADS? We have little control over ads since we belong to ad agencies that serve ads automatically; a standing order should prevent provocative ads, but inappropriate ads do sneak in.
What you can do



HOW TO SUPPORT KIDS-IN-MIND

1. 

Become a member: You can subscribe for as little as a couple of dollars a month and gain access to our premium site, which contains no ads whatsoever. Think about it: You'll be helping support our site and guarantee that we will continue to publish, and you will be able to browse without any commercial interruptions.

2. 

Tell all your friends: Please recommend kids-in-mind.com to your friends and acquaintances; you'll be helping them by letting them know how useful our site is, while helping us by increasing our readership. Since we do not advertise, the best and most reliable way to spread the word is by word-of-mouth.

3. 

Alert local & national media: Let major media know why you trust our ratings. Call or e-mail a local newspaper, radio station or TV channel and encourage them to do a story about our site. Since we do not have a PR firm working for us, you can be our media ambassadors.





Copyright © 1992- Critics. All rights reserved. "Kids-In-Mind™" and "Movie Ratings That Actually Work™" are Service Marks of Critics. For legal queries please see our Terms of Use; for comments or questions see our contact page.