Firehouse Dog

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Rexxx, Hollywood's top K-9 star, gets lost and is reluctantly adopted by a young boy. His father, fire chief of a rundown station agrees to the adoption only if his defiant son takes care of the K-9. Little do they realize Rexxx will not only bring them closer but also bring some much-needed faith back to the fire station.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 204690332
UPC 024543450573
UPC 14 00024543450573
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Dogs
Family (General)
Fathers And Sons
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In director Todd Holland's 2007 family film FIREHOUSE DOG, Hollywood's top canine star, Rexxx (played by a number of Irish terriers), is forced out of his pampered lifestyle when an accident leaves him far from home and presumed dead. Taken in by Shane (Josh Hutcherson), the son of a firehouse captain (Bruce Greenwood), Rex becomes the struggling fire department's unlikely mascot, and is gradually forced to give up his snooty behavior whiling embracing the selfless and daring duties involved in firefighting. And as the stubborn Shane forges a bond with Rexxx, he also begins to heal the rift with his sullen, hard-working father.^Helmed by TV comedy vet Holland, FIREHOUSE DOG mixes animal-driven action and laughs with a poignant father/son storyline. And though the lead mutt(s), Hutcherson (star of '07's BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA), and seasoned actor Greenwood are all fine in their roles, the film is bolstered by an excellent supporting cast that includes Bree Turner, Dash Mihok, Steven Culp, Bill Nunn, and Mayte Garcia (Prince's former wife). Ideal for firefighting enthusiasts, dog lovers, and tween viewers, FIREHOUSE DOG doesn't reinvent the canine-centric movie, but it's an entertaining installment in the subgenre that stands (on four legs) on par with AIR BUD and BEETHOVEN.
Reviews
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's family fun, with Hutcherson showing he's the go-to kid for sensitive loners." 07/01/2007 p.44
Sight and Sound "Equal parts BEETHOVEN and BACKDRAFT....Hardy tots will love the fiery, seat-clutching action sequences..." 08/01/2007 p.62-63
Directors
Todd Holland
Actors
Bruce Greenwood
Josh Hutcherson
Cast & Crew
Bill Nunn - Actor
Bruce Greenwood - Actor
Claire-Dee Lim, et. al. - Writer
Jeff Cardoni - Original Music By
Josh Hutcherson - Actor
Mayte Garcia - Actor
Michael Colleary, et. al. - Producer
Scott J. Wallace - Editor
Tamara Deverell - Production Designer
Todd Holland - Director
Victor Hammer - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 2257386
UPC 00024543450573
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review Boy meets dog, bonds with dad and foils a dangerous arsonist in "Firehouse Dog," a likable but ungainly mutt of a movie in which a very smart canine unexpectedly becomes fireman's best friend. Leaving no heartstrings untugged and no doggie-fart jokes uncracked, scruffy pic reps a very mixed breed of obvious humor, gently moving father-son drama and sub-"Backdraft" trial by fire...Familiar boy-and-his-dog scenario is enlivened by the fact that Shane initially loathes Dewey, who, far from acting like a normal stray, expects to be treated like the celebrity canine he is...Building-on-fire set pieces are workmanlike but capably handled, and not too scary for tots. Title role is well played by four red-coated Irish terriers (with the Tolkien-inspired names of Arwen, Frodo, Rohan and Stryder), though some of the dog's more athletic feats suggest possible f/x enhancements.
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Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review The last time Bruce Greenwood and Steven Culp teamed together in a movie it was to play, respectively, John and Robert Kennedy in the Bay of Pigs saga Thirteen Days. That factoid will not mean anything to the youngsters that their new movie, Firehouse Dog, is meant to amuse, but it ought to give the kids' parents pause. After all, what are actors noted for their intensity doing in a family film? Good question, since the answer seems to be that neither the screenwriters nor director Todd Holland ever stopped to consider their target audience. As a result, they have ended up with a movie that is probably too intense for younger children yet too simplistic for their older siblings or grownups...The plot, blending crime (including murder) and the corrupt intersection of business and politics, is not exactly one that is going to hold the average seven-year-old's attention. As well, the movie's reliance on such gross-out jokes as Rexxx relieving himself into a pot of chili will not engage most parents.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Hutcherson,Josh
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer ...touching, family-friendly entertainment...
Jennie Punter, The Globe and Mail An entertaining family comedy full of both tricks and trickery.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune A surprisingly heartfelt father/son relationship, handled with restraint by director Todd Holland.

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