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Life Is Ruff (2005)

TV-G | | Comedy, Family | TV Movie 15 July 2005
Calvin Wheeler is a scheming 13-year-old boy with everything going for him, except for an original issue of his precious comic book collection. When a prized show-dog chases him down while ... See full summary »

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Charles Haid

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Eddie Guzelian
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Massey ... Calvin Wheeler
Kay Panabaker ... Emily Watson
Mitchel Musso ... Raymond Figg
Carter Jenkins ... Preston Price
Mark Christopher Lawrence ... Calvin's Dad
Judith Moreland ... Calvin's Mom
Ibrahim Abdel-Baaith Ibrahim Abdel-Baaith ... Rondel
Yolanda Wood ... Rondel's Mother
Sierra Squires Sierra Squires ... Young Girl
Ben Hammond ... Young Boy
Cameron Jones Cameron Jones ... Dishwasher
Cory McMillan ... A.C. Officer #1
Emmit Cannon Emmit Cannon ... Thrash
Eric Deng Eric Deng ... Miles
Kelly Coombs Kelly Coombs ... Julie
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Calvin Wheeler is a scheming 13-year-old boy with everything going for him, except for an original issue of his precious comic book collection. When a prized show-dog chases him down while skateboarding one day, his owner inadvertently convinces him to adopt and train a dog of his own. However the only one available, is an uncouth stray Labrador/St. Bernard-mix named Tyko from a local animal shelter, who proves to be more than anybody can handle. Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

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It'll take a few new tricks to get Calvin out of the doghouse!

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Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cãofusões See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Stereo

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Color
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Cory was 44 during the filming See more »

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In the beginning of the movie when all the children are taking home the free puppies, there are four black puppies and the golden puppy Tyco. It shows all the children taking home the puppies. When four children have picked up the puppies a fifth child comes and picks up a fifth black puppy. Where did this fifth puppy come from? See more »

Quotes

[on Calvin's plans to steal back the team's playbook]
Rondel: Hey, what's this gonna cost me?
Calvin Wheeler: What makes you think I'm not doing this in the name of good sportsmanship, school spirit, and all that?
Rondel: Because I know you, Calvin.
Calvin Wheeler: Okay, that's good enough for me.
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It's a Dog
Produced by James Houston
Performed by Kyle Massey (as Kyle Massey)
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A Dog and his Boy
18 September 2005 | by Ddey65See all my reviews

The Disney Channel has been criticized for making too many shows and movies for and about pre-teen girls, and while the criticism is fair to some extent, the idea that they're all Lizzie McGuire clones is just wrong. Shows like "The Famous Jett Jackson," "American Dragon: Jake Long," "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," and even Canadian import "Naturally, Sadie" are nothing like Lizzie McGuire, even though Sadie is the same age Lizzie was towards the end of that show's run. The same goes for the TV-movie "Life is Ruff," whose main character is a pre-teen boy in perhaps the best dog-loving movie for kids since "The Sandlot." In his first starring role, Kyle Massey plays Calvin Wheeler, a conniving 13-year-old boy with a great reputation, and a prized comic book collection. Wheeler is incredibly selfish, but not completely unwilling to do things for other people. This kid is no misfit, struggling through the grind of junior high(There's another stereotype broken), in fact he's got a best friend with asthma named Raymond Figg(Mitchel Musso), is popular with the other kids at school, because he does fantastic things for them, as long as they do them for him, and even has a few girls lining up to take him to a school dance. If you need another fictional character to compare him to, the best one would be Ferris Beuller. The only thing Calvin is missing is an out-of-reach first issue of his favorite comic book "Gotham-Man" from which he and Figg frequently quote the hero's catch-phrase "Expect the Impossible!" After recently getting the 2nd issue from the school basketball team in exchange for stealing an opposing team's play-book, he runs into a prized show dog who attacks him while skateboarding through a rich neighborhood. The dog's owner, a snobby kid named Preston Price(Carter Jenkins), brags that his dog won him $5000, and that's when he decides that he should get a dog too. Emily Watson("Phil of the Future's" Kay Panabaker) is a girl at his school who volunteers at a local animal shelter and cares more about the dogs and cats than the people who run it want her to, so much so that she names all the pets before they're adopted, and is a rabid opponent of dog shows. She also knows comics as well as he does. One of the dogs she names(Tyko) had a rough-upbringing by Disney standards. You could consider it a "Bambi-type" origin. Left out in the rain in a cardboard box as a puppy while waiting with other black puppies to be adopted for free, he grows up as a stray. When Calvin seeks a dog to adopt for the show, Emily persuades him to take Tyko, unaware of his plans for the dog, although clearly aware of his disdain for dogs.

As predicted, Calvin only wants Tyko long enough to win the top prize so he can buy that first issue of his favorite comic book, but when the huge pooch is determined to stay, Calvin warms up to him then changes his plans and decides to keep him. Needless to say it's Tyko who adopts Calvin, not the other way around. I had a big dog who adopted me rather than the other way around, so I'm very familiar with the subject. While the movie holds onto stereotypes like cute dogs, and bad rich people, it breaks a few as well by making fanboys popular, and even pushes the potential for a date between Emily & Calvin -- yes, interracial dating in junior high on The Disney Channel. This movie deserves to be on DVD, more than many others on the Disney Channel. More than "Life-Size," "Stuck in the Suburbs," "Pixel Perfect," "Go Figure," and even "Tiger Cruise," which was a good movie itself.


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