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GIVE THE DOG A BONE,
This review is from: The Retrievers (DVD)
It's hard to diss a movie made for Animal Planet about a loving dog and its adorable puppies. Suffice to say, THE RETRIEVERS is a movie that even kids might find hard to sit through. Although the dogs are beautiful and the pups cute, they don't DO anything. The movie instead focuses on the humans and they aren't the most engaging of people either. Robert Hays (Airplane, Angie) plays an ad exec who tiring of the rat's race in NYC moves to a little community where he is immediately plunged back into the rat race courtesy of a billionaire client (played somnambulently by Robert Wagner). His adoring wife (Mel Harris, whatever happened to thirtysomething?) meanwhile monitors the precocious and whining children who take in a female golden retriever who happens to have six puppies. Daddy Hays decides they can't keep the pups so they are reluctantly given new homes to such people as Betty White and Leon Russom. The rest of the movie has the kids and parents trying to get the pups back and Dad trying to nail the account. Hays and Harris perform with little energy and the pacing is so slow that it will take a really attentive youngster to stay with it.
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Initial post: Jan 5, 2008 3:57:36 PM PST
Rebekah A. Lane says:
I agree! It was mainly about the people: Nice-guy Mom and Dad and two unbelievably bratty, rude children! Better dog movies are Lassie, Air Bud, Shiloh, etc; etc.
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