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My 12 year old daughter and I had a great time watching this movie
together, not because it was a great movie, but because the acting was
horrible! The "special effects" of the dog crying was one of our
favorite parts of the movie. Another part that was really funny was
when the boy's dad slides down the pole. Quality entertainment!
Christna Cambell the "actress" who plays the mean stepmother was the worst and as a result the funniest part of the movie. The boys father is the second worst actor although it was a close call.
I cannot believe these people were actually hired to act! I recommend watching it just for the purpose of laughing at its ridiculous acting!
Cool Dog - a triumph of the Nietzchean superman over New York's social
inequalities that celebrates rural life in the Deep South yet
nevertheless asks the viewer some PRETTY TROUBLING post-colonial
I did come out of this film in awe of just how cool the dog was. He's even cooler than other prominent dogs, such as Snoopy, the Hound Of The Baskervilles, Ghost Dog, and Snoop Doggy Dogg. In addition to this, this film has inspired me in life, and I am currently working on a screenplay of my own. I'm working on a screenplay called "Uncool Dog", in which a dog does things that dogs typically do.It's 90 minutes of a dog scratching himself,urinating on the ground,lying down,jumping on people, sleeping heavily, being taken for walks and scaring sheep. Whilst this is a key work for the 21st century, I do still think we must bear in mind that it does raise some pretty troubling questions about the nature of cool, and may not be suitable for small children.
I feel guilty for saying this movie is so unusually indescribably intellectually deficient due in part that my four year old so forcefully compelled us to watch in horror. It is like the worst 10 hours I ever spent dreaming within a dream of what happens in torture chambers. This is a must see for children that like it by themselves. I love my child. There were moments that reminded me of more entertaining movies like Elmo in Grouch Land that has something for everyone at least once. One thing I can say is that it gets right down to the action and my 4 year old went to the bathroom only once which in itself was a blessing and a curse. I heartily recommend Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Ice Age, Ratatouille, Beauty and the Beast and anything from the Jim Henson Company. I imagine that Ned Flanders would approve. Maybe, "I'm not thinking straight, why did I have that wine cooler last month?"
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This is a horrible, horrible movie. Every agonizing second is so
unbearably corny, contrived, and clichéd. The acting, the writing, the
editing, the directing...everything here was the worst it could
possibly be. This is not an exaggeration...this film (if you want to
call it that) is just as bad as any other kid's film you're likely to
Jimmy's dad just got a new job, and poor little Jimmy isn't allowed to bring his hero dog Rainey. So Jimmy, his dad, and his mean step-mother move from a small town in Illinois to New York city, meanwhile leaving the dog behind. Jimmy's new apartment is run by a couple of creepy and seemingly evil landlords who hate dogs and children. Meanwhile, Rainey escapes from the state fair where he was left back in Illinois and basically hitchhikes all the way to New York. Rainey makes it to Jimmy in New York somehow, and those mean landlords find out about it. Turns out the landlords are illegally selling animals on the side, and this dog is messing up their style. Ridiculous chaos ensues.
The actors here must've learned their technique from elementary school plays. Jen Kober and David Jensen play the two landlords, coming off as second rate Home Alone villain rejects. Kober seems to be channeling Rosie O'Donnell for her overall appearance and voice, but even Rosie would look brilliant compared to this woman. The main kid here is awful, the dad is awful, as is the step-mom. Sadly, the dog probably gave the best performance, and even the dog isn't that great.
Try to dumb yourself down for the next few paragraphs to try and understand the hilarity of the jokes. Uh oh, the dog is stuck at the county fair with the new mean owner. But whoaho, the guy falls over and the dog escapes. The gate closes and the guy has to climb over the five foot fence to get out. Derher, he fell down and we get a hilarious cartoon sound effect. Always classic. And then a bull farts on him...funny stuff. And then the dog, instead of running away, plays hide and seek, knocking over bales of hay on this guy, and being goofy. Then a cow burps...ahahaha, you can't write this stuff. Several fart and burp jokes are featured in the film, each one more clever than the last.
The dog in this movie is funny. Not only does he save a girls life, he stops purse snatchers, shoots tennis balls at some punk kids, attacks some New York thugs, covers his eyes during scary movies, plays checkers (and wins), plays guitar, plays piano, orders hot dogs and pays the hot dog vendor with the dog holding the money in it's paw, finds his way to New York city and plays hide and seek Home Alone style pranks on several different villains at various occasions. When he attacks the NY thug, the guy runs off yelling "Mommy!". When he attacks the punk kid, the kid begs the dog for forgiveness. (Makes sense?) When he plays hide and seek with the idiot bad guys, they run into each other and fall over and trip all over the place. This is the type of humor this movie features mainly. Idiots acting like idiots, with not an ounce of cleverness or freshness, to try to get four year olds at home to giggle.
Brain damage can occur three to four minutes after not breathing...but at the end of the film the dog must've been "dead" for at least five. And then he comes back alive for no reason. I'd almost give this movie a point for having the guts to kill of the dog and keep a little bit of realism, but nope, dog's alive, just apparently been playing dead for a few minutes to "build" the "dramatic tension". Just one of about fifty scenes that featured an element that made no sense, could never happen, and was completely ridiculous.
The editor of this thing sucks big time. The film here is constantly being slowed down, which always looks horrible when it's not shot in slow motion, and everything just looks sloppy. And the sound editing sucks too. Animals making noises that the animals clearly aren't making, and people saying lines that are clearly stuck in afterward. The editing is about on par with everything else in the film, so at least it isn't letting us down in comparison.
It's hard to even write a review explaining why this was so bad, because absolutely nothing worked here at all. There was not one moment that wasn't cringe worthy, except for a few establishing shots (the brief reprieve from the rest of this mess). The character motivations don't make sense and this is just a big sloppy mess of a kiddie movie. Do not let your children watch this filth. It'll lower their IQ.
My rating: BOMB out of ****. 88 mins. PG for brief mild language, and stupidity throughout.
This movie is definitely intended for the children and young audience.
I am sure that children of all ages will love the dog in the movie. To
me, it seemed like a 2010 version to reinvent "Lassie", just with a new
name and a new breed of dog.
The story is fairly easy to follow, though I found it to be over the top in the level of sassy and stupidity. But of course, I looked at it with adult eyes, not the eyes of a child. For children, I am sure that the things that happen in the movie will be fun, and that the children will totally buy into all the things that this dog apparently is capable of doing.
Everything in this movie was so stereotypical. You have a small town family moving to the big city (New York, in this case), and of course life in small towns is apparently all idyllic and cozy, while life in the big city is stressful, lacking color and luster, and just a constant buzz of activity. Then you have the wicked stepmother. And Christa Campbell was doing such a horrible work portraying that role. Normally she is alright in movies, but this? Wow... Anyway, moving on, the small town boy is being bullied by the kids in the new school, again something stereotypical. And the landlords of their building, wow, that was an insult to landlords, New Yorkers and people everywhere. The stereotypical lists doesn't end here, but I will cut it short.
The dog was actually lovable and it had been trained well, because it performed well in the movie and the many various scenes it was doing.
For families with children and for kids of all ages, the movie "Cool Dog" would be worth sitting down together and watch, because it is a heartwarming story and a likable one at that. But as an adult, this movie was just too far out there. I remember watching "Lassie" when I was a kid, so I think "Cool Dog" is a good attempt at bringing the spirit of "Lassie" back in the way of an up-to-date story and have a new dog star as the 'hero'.
This movie had some good qualities that could have been enjoyed by
families in the 1970s or 1980s (which is the era that it looked like it
was filmed, after all who dresses like that now or wears their hair
like that?). However with that said, I do agree with the other reviews
that the acting was deplorable!!! Honestly, why even make a movie when
the acting was that bad??? Thankfully, we rented it at Redbox and only
In summary, the plot was predictable, the acting was bad, the corniness of the entire movie was ridiculous. The worst part was they made it look like the dog did all sorts of things. Other than that, the dog probably would have received my vote for best actor in the film.
Trust me adults, if you want to rent this movie for your child...just leave the room while it is on.
The acting is awful, the plot is predictable. And excuse me, but when did Louisiana get mountains? The ONLY so called mountain in Louisiana is actually a summit called Driskill Mountain that is in reality a tall hill. Then there is the small fact that NO ONE even sounded like they were from Louisiana! I tried to figure out just what Parish of Louisiana they were trying to portray but as none of the main characters sounded southern and there was that mountain in the background it was impossible. The only person that even tried to sound southern was Kent Jude Bernard and he just had a very small part. Even my grandchildren got bored with this movie! Now maybe, and I mean just maybe, this movie would be good if you were having a bout of insomnia and needed something to put you to sleep. Most likely though it would just annoy you to the point of not being able to sleep so forget that idea! Just don't even bother with it is my advise.
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I gave it 6 out of 10 for kids, Adults a -3 out of 10 Kids will like
this movie ages 5 to 9 years old. Adults will suffer through it.
OK, if you are a kid, this movie is a blast and enjoyable. If you are an adult this movie is bad, bad acting, bad continuity. In that of its self the movie is fun to watch for the things that can go wrong.
The movie starts out in a small town in Louisiana then do to a new job the family must move to New York city.
The dog throughout the movie is a "wonder dog", he can do anything. I wont say what so the kids and adults can find this out for themselves I wouldn't want to ruin the movie.
For some reason only one person has any type of accent in the movie. No one from Louisiana or New York has one. Even the "rap" song at the end is badly done with again no sign of an accent though "Manhattan" is supposed to be twisted that way.
"Jimmy" the owner of Rainey (the German Shepard) is bullied at his new school, none of these kids have a New York accent. One of the boys is obviously older and taller but later in the movie he is in the same class as Jimmy with no explanation given.
All in all this is a good movie for kids to watch on a day they are stuck in the house.
One review stated this was a "New version of Lassie", I would disagree, with Lassie she would bark and children and adults would magically discern what Lassie was trying to convey. While Rainey barks, he doesn't try and convey anything by it. Only through his actions can one find out what he is trying to show you.
If I were going to watch this with kids I would tell them to try and spot the mistakes in the movie (not what a dog couldn't really do but for example the magic green bucket full of fish, there and not there and there again).
Nice family movie.
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I totally relate to this film as I have a German Shepherd. The tricks
and skills Rainy the dog completes makes the movie amazing. His charm,
spy and intelligent skills is all you need to thoroughly enjoy this
My favourite scene is hard to pick, but it was pretty impressive when Rainy purchased a hot dog with money. Watching the dog play banjo with the homeless was also a high point. I still can't believe how talented this one dog is, blows my mind how smart he is, would have taken years to train him!!
I would have liked to see the step mothers eye brows move a little more, at times it was hard to see she contained any emotion.
Overall it's the citizen kane of canines!! 10/10 great to watch with family, alone or if you have friends.
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Jimmy (Jason Pace) lives in Eagle Rock Louisiana and loves it. His best pal in the whole world is his very "cool" dog, Raney, a German Shepherd. In truth, Raney is quite a canine! He rescues a little girl before she falls off of a bridge and he can run down no-goodniks, too, and hold them until the police arrive. The boy and the dog are even closer because Jimmy's biological mother is deceased and his stepmother can be difficult. But, oh no! Terrible news arrives for Jimmy. His father has been given a big promotion at work and the household is moving to an apartment in NYC, where no pets are allowed. Jimmy is beyond sad when his father tells him they must leave Raney behind at a small wildlife park, until they can find a different apartment. Nevertheless, there is no other option. The family moves to Manhattan, where their new landlords are a domineering woman and her hen-pecked husband. They don't even want a child in their building. Jimmy also has trouble with a big bully at his new school. Meanwhile, back in Louisiana, the park ranger doesn't take very good care of Raney. Being cool and smart, too, Raney runs out of an open gate, hops a train with some fellow tramps and lands in the Big Apple. Jimmy is beside himself with joy but tries to hide the dog from everyone, in a building basement. But, in that basement, are some nefarious activities, as Jimmy and Raney soon discover. Now, they are committed to bringing the law-breakers to justice! Can they do it? Well, cool is cool, after all! This was a fun flick that families will love. Yes, there are many implausible elements, for Raney can play the piano and win at checkers. Also, many of the characters, especially the landlords, are larger than life, for certain. But, overall, there is so much physical humor and hijinks that kids will laugh and laugh. Although there are no well-known actors, except possibly Michael Pare, the ones in the film give it their all. Also, the scenery, photography and special effects are fine, too. One word of caution is in order. The landlord's wife does slap her husband a couple of times, totally uncalled for, while there are a couple of other incidents of mild violence when none is needed. However, parents and kids can discuss this if necessary. This viewer still feels the movie is an outright winner. Therefore, Cool rules so snatch the flick from the shelf or the order list.
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