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Running Time:
1 hour, 51 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for sequences of action peril, some mild crude humor and language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A likeable family comedy that's predictable but entertaining.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Dog Treats featurettes; Firehouse Dog: A True Hollywoof Story featurette; Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; Storyboard-to-screen comparison with optional director's commentary; Alternate opening scene animatic with optional director/writers/producers commetary; Fox Movie Channel presents Casting Session; Humane Society PSA with Josh Hutcherson; Dogster photo montage; Canine star poster gallery; Theatrical trailer.

Firehouse Dog
Rexxx is a pampered red-haired Irish terrier who's become a major movie star of such films as "The Fast and the Furriest" and "Jurassic Bark." But after a dangerous death-defying stunt in an airplane he becomes separated from his owner, Trey (Dash Mihok "Hollywoodland"). He's suddenly just an ordinary-looking mutt who wanders into Dogpatch, an inner-city firehouse that is schedule to be shuttered.

Connor Fahey (Bruce Greenwood "Thirteen Days") has reluctantly assumed the job as firehouse captain after his brother, Dogpatch's former captain, was killed in the line of duty. Connor's relationship with his motherless 12-year-old son Shane (Josh Hutcherson "Bridge to Terabithia") is strained due to both stress and grief, but he gives the boy the task of taking care of the dog (identified as Dewey by his collar) and finding his owner. Shane initially loathes Dewey, who, far from acting like a normal pet, expects to be treated like the Hollywood star he is. But it's only a matter of time before Dewey becomes Shane's best friend, an excellent rescue dog, and is able to save the fire station from being closed. The ending is predictable but rousing as Connor, Shane and Dewey cement their bond through individual acts of love and courage.

Director Todd Holland ("Krippendorf's Tribe") struggles to balance the film's broad, occasionally crass humor against its more serious elements. But it's still a bright and likeable movie, and although it's thoroughly predictable it's still fine family entertainment.

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