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Moderately entertaining with adorable puppy,
This review is from: The Dog Who Saved The Holidays (DVD)
This is a franchise in case you are not aware. The first movie is called The Dog Who Saved Christmas and the second is called The Dog Who Saved Christmas vacation. The first two movies are about a former shamed K-9 dog named Zeus who is adopted by the Bannister family to be their guard dog. Usual hijinks ensue with getting a new dog (destruction, toilet drinking, the common faire) but Zeus saves the day by thwarting two burglars and saving Christmas. The second movie is more of the same except the Bannister family goes skiing in the mountains but the same burglars show up and try to ruin Christmas a second time, only to have another happy ending. Think of this as Home Alone but with a yellow lab.
This movie has the Bannister family going to Malibu, California to see George's (the father) sister for Christmas. She lives in an enormous house and supposedly has an invaluable Christmas star coveted by a nefarious mobster. Yes, the same burglars show up again in this movie. They borrowed money from the nefarious mobster and now he wants their thumbs since they cannot pay him. The irony of this is that the burglars borrowed money to open a dog grooming business and neither of them likes dogs. The mobster tells the burglars to get this Christmas star by 1:00 am Christmas morning and all is forgiven.
Meanwhile, George's sister Barbara (Shelly Long) gives the family a new puppy for Christmas, who they name Eve. Eve is a trouble maker, as most puppies are and Zeus winds up taking the rap for all of her misdeeds. In the end the two put aside their rivalry and save Christmas again. The movie is quite predictable but the dogs are charming and you like the Bannister family because they are very real people. I do recommend you watching all three movies because the character development in the first one is important to make you sympathetic to the Bannisters, but I think one would like them anyway. Dean Cain plays the "head" burglar Ted (a far cry from his Superman days but he is still good) and several other character actors are in this movie. Zeus is voiced by Joey Lawrence (though in the first he is voiced by Mario Lopez).
Overall, this is a fun family movie to be appreciated by dog lovers everywhere.