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Hounddog (2007)

Dakota Fanning , Deborah Kampmeier  |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dakota Fanning
  • Directors: Deborah Kampmeier
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0020LH8WU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,132 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Set in the South in 1961, this revolves around a precocious girl who overcomes the negative effects of abuse by singing and dancing like Elvis.

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313 of 343 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the prudish critics July 24, 2009
In case you are not aware, this film was slammed down really hard by the professional critics in general, earning something like %16 on rotten tomatoes (that's a really, really poor rating). The reason behind this immediate outrage against the film is quite obvious: we live in a society that is overly paranoid about childhood sexuality - the most taboo of all topics. This film isn't the least bit afraid to portray a 12 year old girl who is blooming sexually and exploring the power and creativity of (as well as learning the horrible dangers of) her sexuality. The fact that said girl is America's beloved, sweet Dakota Fanning only made the pill all the more bitter for the critics to swallow.

If you ask me, Fanning's character is amazingly realistic. Wake-up-call to the world: girls don't suddenly become sexual at 18! Of course a 12 year old can be curious, of course a 12 year old can be sexy. The fact that Dakota is walking around in her panties throughout most the film is realistic too, at least it would have been during that era in the poverty-stricken deep south, as are many other details in this movie, like the way the adults don't take issue with a 12-year-old taking a sip of beer or puffing a cig. And moreover, if you see a girl playing in her panties and it bothers you so much, I think it says more about your own sexual issues than the movie's.

The movie has a beautiful message about art through suffering. But it also has many other themes, among them childhood innocence and gender roles. I think even the harshest critic will agree that Dakota does an amazing job (she really just might be the greatest child actor of all time). Above all I enjoyed the film's beautiful cinematography & color palate - calm blues and soft browns and dusty yellows throughout. The night scenes with the fireflies are especially magical.
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109 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of a young girl May 14, 2009
To be honest, I was very amazed, shocked and surprised. I didn't have a lot of expectations from this film, but after a few glimpses, I realized its always good not to have any expectations at all, because when you get more than expected, you feel good. This film is one gem of a film. Its very rare you come across a strong and different film like this. Dakota is very daring, very matured young lady, she gives a very smart performence, I have really started to adore her. Her chemistry with her father (played by David Morse) in the film is excellent. The film will steal your breath and heart away. I now really see that 2008 definately has some really good films to offer, the rape scene I believe was quite natural, it was quite valid for the theme of the film. This film is excellent in every sence, not so often is a film with so much perfection knocks at your tv screen. Beautifull locations of the South, wonderfull performences make the film excellent. I consider myself to own the DVD. Definately worth a watch.
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93 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dakota is BRILLIANT! April 14, 2009
What a great movie! Dakota did a wonderful job in this role. I can't believe another reviewer gave this gem a 1 STAR rating because of the "insinuated" rape scene. I thought it was handled very well, as there was no actual touching on screen AT ALL. Geesh, the rape scene in "The Entity" was much more graphic than this lol! I'm sure rape was a common thing back in the 60's in the deep, rural south and went unreported most of the time. It adds stark realism to the story, and I'm glad the writer, director & producer Deborah Kampmeier (yes, a woman) didn't sterilize it into another typical Hollywood Movie Machine film that conforms to what a bunch of no-brainers want to be bored by. This is definitely one of my favorite films so far this year.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, YES... Titillating, NO. July 25, 2010
By P David
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If you watched this film and found it even slightly erotic, then I would suggest that you cancel your Sears catalog because, in comparison, the Sears catalog will likely send you into orgasmic convulsions. I truly don't understand some of the negative reviews; the "underwear scenes" were not in the least bit revealing, unless you consider Mormon underwear erotic (and I live in Utah). There were NO scenes that showed Ms. Fanning in her underwear that were not germane to the story, and even in those circumstances, you will not find them to be the least bit erotic unless you are helplessly and hopelessly attracted to baggy cotton undies. Truly, if those reviewers who found this to be be erotic ACTUALLY WATCHED this film, my recommendation to them would be to lock their doors and avoid ANY of the following: Sears catalogs, Macy's advertisements, WalMart flyers, etc. They will quite possibly find National Geographic to be fatally sexual. Now for the film. This was a beautiful depiction of poverty in the deep south (but it could have been anywhere) and it's affect on those who must live with it. Piper Laurie seems almost to have reprised her CARRIE role as a Bible thumping caretaker, placing her religious beliefs over her acceptance of her daughter. Dakota is a young girl who finds music, specifically Elvis, to be her escape from her life. She is betrayed by her best friend and ends up in a situation that she neither asks for nor can control as she tries to get tickets to an Elvis concert that she wants to attend. The "horrific" rape scene that has upset some shows a closeup of Dakota Fanning's head and hand.... nothing more. The scene is truly horrific, however, as it occurs in real life more often than we would like to admit. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!!
Published 8 days ago by Richard Chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, but interesting.
Enjoyed the movie. Definitely true to the rural south of the 50's. Not for everyone, but still a good watch.
Published 1 month ago by R Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of DVD "Houndog"
An interesting story about life in the deep South in the 50's.As Australian I had no idea about the conditions in Alabama. Well acted.

Published 2 months ago by Brian Neighal
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is an amazing and powerful movie. I would recommend this movie to everybody who is as mature as a normal 13 year old. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Darkest Rage
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE
Published 6 months ago by MLG
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked the setting for the story
Well written for the period of the story - characters, events and situations. I liked the way story presented the very different characters and their relationships.
Published 7 months ago by Summer
5.0 out of 5 stars A jolting drama of innocense lost
I was touched by Dakota Fanning's performance, in portraying a girl's helplessness as friends and family take advantage of her. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rusty Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Movie!!
I have so much to say about this..First..To the GREAT Writter,Producer & Director..Ms.DEBORAH KAMPMEIER..your great.I wish I could have coffer w/you.Your so wonderful. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jack F. Renkert
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the critics
All the talk of the sexual content in this movie is crazy. There isn't any except the one scene and everything there is implied not shown. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch cast, top notch acting, and a very compelling story.
Its a very compelling story. I am the type that roots for the underdog always, so I was doing a lot of that for the girl who is the heroine in this film. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Huntington
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