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Rex, 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 Rexx will not only bring them closer but also bring some much-needed faith back to the fire station.
Adolescence is an emotionally stormy time for kids, but it's especially so for Shane (Josh Hutcherson), a teenager being raised by single firefighter father Connor (Bruce Greenwood). Add the recent death of Shane's fire-captain uncle (Connor's brother) in the line of duty and the pending closure of their neighborhood "Dogpatch" fire station, and both Shane's propensity for skipping school and brooding in his room and his father's obsession with work seem easily explainable. When a mutt called Dewey, really a very spoiled superstar dog named Rexxx who's been presumed dead after a parachuting stunt gone wrong, turns up in a burning building and is rescued by the Dogpatch crew, Connor puts Shane in charge of caring for the dog and finding its owner. Shane and Dewey clash immediately and Shane is extremely resentful toward both the dog and his father. However, Dewey's special talents (like skateboarding and trampoline jumping), combined with his good fire-fighting instincts, soon win the admiration and affection of Shane and the entire Dogpatch crew. A series of mysterious fires causes Shane and Connor to begin to really communicate and reconnect, but those fires also threaten their very lives. At the same time, Dewey's former owner discovers Dewey's true identity and demands the return of his superstar companion. An engaging dog story that explores the difficulties of growing up and dealing with personal tragedy, Firehouse Dog is a fun family film that's rated PG due to some mildly crude humor (think potty jokes), language, and action peril. --Tami Horiuchi
Firehouse Dog Extras
Watch the firemen of Firehouse Dog take you behind the scenes in this exclusive clip.
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Stills from Firehouse Dog
- Full Screen Feature & Widescreen Features
- Dogster Montage
- Dog Treats (5)
- Loft Fire: Storyboard to Screen
- True Hollywoof Story
- Deleted Scenes
- FMC Special Casting Rexx
- Rex's Poster Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer
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If you're feeling down, you should see this movie. It will lift your spirits as Dewey (a.k.a Rexx) goes from pampered Hollywood canine to a working firehouse dog, though he retains much of his Hollywood personality. Parts of the film are so funny that I couldn't help but burst-out laughing so hard my neighbors must have wondering what was going-on in my apartment. I felt so much better after seeing this film the first time that I wanted to see it again immediately. Yeah, some of the stunts are silly, but they never take away from the enjoyment of the movie. The scene where Dewey slid down the firepole made me cringe and I could feel the poor guy's pain.
There are sad scenes in the film that can melt the stoniest heart, so be ready to cry. Not often, but when the tears come, you won't be able to hold them back. Tender scenes abound in this film, as Connor Fahey and his son Shane begin to repair their relationship, spurred-on by the new dog in their lives. The love between father and son, the close friendship of the firefighters at Engine 55 and everyone falling for Dewey makes the film glow with the love of the main characters for each other.
The subplot reminded me a little of Backdraft which, along with the come-from-behind story of the Engine Company, makes the film suspenseful, inspiring and uplifting all at the same time. I'd advise parents not to have very little children watch the film, but kids of 3rd grade level should be alright watching it. If you collect movie posters, get the poster for Firehouse Dog, too. The poster seems to completely catch the essence of the film.
An excellent film to add to your collection to enjoy for years to come!