This used to be my little brother’s favourite film. When he was young, he used to watch it over and over again, obsessed with the dogs in the film and rewinding to start again. So therefore, it has been one I’ve seen a few times too, and I’m not moaning about it, because it’s great! It’s a heart-warming, nice film, nothing to say that’s wrong with it because it’s just such a lovely easy-watching film. It is more of a kids film, although I still enjoy it.
Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin play sister and brother, Andi and Bruce; foster children in a house unloving and controlling. The film starts showing us they are understandably not happy with their new foster parents, Lois (‘Friends’ Lisa Kudrow) and Carl (Kevin Dillon), as they rebel and scam people for money. Soon we find out this is all to feed their family’s dog before they lost their parents. This dog is Friday, an adorable feisty terrier, that is mischievous and does anything for food with his great sense of smell. This is comically played on when Friday can smell a hot dog even though he cannot see it. Friday is a brilliant little dog, who alone is adorably funny in this film.
When the children are involved in something that is nothing to do with them, they accidentally find an abandoned old vacant hotel to hide in. In this hotel are two stray dogs. Soon, the siblings have taken it upon themselves to rescue stray dogs from the pound and from the streets to give them a place to live. As you can probably tell the story is heart-warming and simple in its brilliance.
We soon discover Bruce is magnificent in creating inventions as he creates an automatic ball-thrower for the new resident Georgia and a toilet to deal with any poop in the hotel. All the dogs are adorable and create a little comical element, for example Cooper who eats everything. It’s just a nice film to watch. Yeah it is a Nickelodeon movie, but you know what it’s one that is considerably better than others. It’s got so much to it, that is meaningful and heartening. If you like a simple family film, one of dogs and siblings trying their best to stay together and create their own family, then this would be perfect. It makes you giggle; it makes you feel for all the dogs and the siblings. I wouldn’t say it’s a ground-breaking film, it’s just nice. And sometimes that’s one of the best things of a film, it’s enjoyable and a little escapism for a while.