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Good Boy! (2003)

An intergalactic dog pilot from Sirius (the dog star), visits Earth to verify the rumors that dogs have failed to take over the planet.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mrs. Baker
... Owen Baker
... Mr. Baker
Brittany Moldowan ... Connie Fleming
... Mr. Leone
... Ms. Ryan
Hunter Elliott ... Frankie (as Hunter Elliot)
Mikhael Speidel ... Fred
... Wilson's Dad
... Wilson's Other Dad
... Bob the Dog Catcher (as Paul C. Vogt)
... Mrs. Fleming (as Brenda M. Crichlow)
... Mr. Fleming
Chaka White ... Woman at the Pound
... Woman at the Pound
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Storyline

Owen Baker is a 12-year-old loner who has been working as a neighborhood dog-walker so he can earn the privilege of getting a dog of his own. His hard work pays off when his parents let him adopt a scruffy mutt he names Hubble. Both boy and dog get more than they bargained for when Owen wakes up one morning to discover he can understand every word Hubble says, including the ominous phrase: "Take me to your leaders." Owen learns that dogs came to Earth thousands of years ago to colonize and dominate the planet. Hubble (who is really named Canid 3942) has been sent by the powerful Greater Dane on a mission from the Dog Star Sirius to make sure dogs have fulfilled this destiny. Despite the best efforts of Owen's rag-tag group of neighborhood dogs to convince him otherwise, Hubble soon discovers the awful truth about Earth dogs: "You're all pets!" Now Owen (a boy who never had a friend) and Hubble (a dog who never needed one) must work together to prepare the neighborhood dogs for a visit... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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This Fall...Earth is going to the dogs. See more »


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Rated PG for some mild crude humor | See all certifications »

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Fox [Brazil] | MGM

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10 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Cão do Outro Mundo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,107,022, 12 October 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,566,230, 30 November 2003
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Trivia

The hat Owen (Liam Aiken) wears says "GB03" on the badge, a reference to the film's title and year of release. See more »

Goofs

When the household moving trailer is full and the rear doors are closed, the latches are still open. In the next few shots, the latches are closed, and then open again. See more »

Quotes

Owen: So, when that retriever you talked about comes for you, you're planning on going back with them?
Hubble: [a little guiltily] Well, this is only a temporary mission.
Owen: Right. I get it.
Hubble: I appreciate your hosting me for the time being, but...
Owen: It's okay.
[Sadly, more to himself than to Hubble]
Owen: I'm used to temporary missions.
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References Space Jam (1996) See more »

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I Believe I Can Fly
Written by R. Kelly
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Provides one with the substantial food-for-thought of a knock-knock joke and the contemplative drama of a juice-box riddle
1 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

Good Boy! is an insulting, abysmal little film, providing one with the substantial food-for-thought of a knock-knock joke and the contemplative drama of a juice-box riddle. It tells the childish and dreadful story of Owen Baker (Liam Aiken), a twelve-year-old boy who serves as the neighborhood dog-walker so he can prove to his parents he's responsible enough to own a dog of his own.

When he finally proves he's responsible enough, dear little Owen asks his dim-witted parents to take him to the pound so that he can pick out the dog of his choice. He settles on a little terrier he saw while walking dogs, who comes bearing what appears to be a moon-rock around his collar. He names him Hubble, but it isn't long before he realizes that Hubble is much smarter than he had thought. Upon training him, seeing that Hubble can perform several tricks flawlessly, he realizes that Hubble (voiced by Matthew Broderick) can talk like a real human. Hubble's real name is "Canid 3942," and informs Owen that dogs were sent to Earth hundreds of years ago in order to dominate and enslave the human race. Turns out, dogs became the humans' pets rather than the other way around.

Hubble's prime responsibility, being sent from the higher dog-authority "Greater Dane" (Vanessa Redgrave), who resides on a planet called "Dog Star Sirius 7," was to make sure that dogs are fulfilling their responsibility and are in control. Turns out, they've failed miserably, and after receiving this knowledge, Hubble informs them that Earth is on the verge of a massive recall back to Sirius 7.

There are films like Shiloh that help enforce the idea that humans shape dogs but dogs shape humans in addition, and shows the great lengths a boy will go to protect and ensure the safety of his pet. Then there are films like Good Boy! that cheapen this kind of important and significant relationship like a poor sitcom. This is simply an asinine film with a barrage of weak jokes, inane ideas about even the very possibility that dogs are trying to take over Earth, and an woefully unsubstantial affair for young kids who need to be informed of the benefits of a relationship with an animal.

Those who defend Good Boy! can make the easy, go-to argument that the film is "cute" and possesses a family-friendly attitude that should be embraced. All I can say that if everything "cute" was embraced and safe from any type of criticism whatsoever, we'd have the frothiest, most artificial society that would've never had any such thing as a Disney or a Pixar to show us that narrative strength and themes are also components of family-friendly entertainment.

Starring: Liam Aiken, Kevin Nealon, and Molly Shannon. Voiced by: Matthew Broderick, Delta Burke, Donald Faison, Brittany Murphy, and Carl Reiner. Directed by: John Hoffman.


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