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School's out for summer... but not at the Bannister house! When their beloved dog Zeus (voiced by Mario Lopez) destroys a party planned by Belinda (Elisa Donovan), Grandma (Mindy Sterling) suggests they send him to obedience school. Things start off on the wrong paw when Zeus's owner George (Gary Valentine) runs afoul of the school's no-nonsense instructor Vernon (Martin Kove) and Zeus manages to fail every lesson. To make matters worse, Vernon's K-9 assistant, Apollo (voiced by William Zabka) makes class no dog-gone fun. With Zeus failing to improve, the Bannister children Kara and Ben (Francesca Capaldi and Cole Jensen) fear that the pound may be Zeus's next stop. Desperate to turn things around, Zeus enlists the help of a janitor, Mr. Lee (James Hong), who shares his unique training methods. Will Zeus' newfound skills help him win top dog at the school's showcase and foil a trio of bumbling thieves (Dean Cain, Patrick Muldoon, Joey "Coco" Diaz) determined to make this a bummer ...
Families will like it but it lacks originality in many respects;
Belinda (Elisa Donovan) and George (Gary Valentine) have multiple family problems to solve. First, Belinda is starting a party planning business and is harried. Second, their dog is unruly at times and needs obedience training. This is especially so after the canine runs amok at Belinda's first big party! Meanwhile, three bumbling petty criminals are hatching a plan; one of them is being consulted while still in jail! That's Ted (Dean Cain) As the doggy takes intense training with a Rambo type and his talented police dog, the thieves have their eye on a big jewel heist in the shop next door! It doesn't take long for them to realize they will get into the canine school basement area and dig into the gem store. The Oriental janitor may be on the lookout, while he also helps train George's dog. Can the good guys win while the bad guys go down? You bet! This film is pleasant enough and families will like it. Valentine is very funny as are the trio of perps. But, the flick definitely has a case of deja vu all over again, as many happenings may seem familiar. There are also, naturally, a few flatulence jokes, which are almost the lowest form of humor. Nevertheless, if you love animals, comedy, and family friendly films, this is one to add to your list.
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