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KIDS FIRST ENDORSED DOGFATHER, THE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-16
88 minutes
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"Get Ready to Laugh With The Dog Father" Do you like to laugh and laugh until your side hurts? I do, and that why I like the film The Dogfather. The story is about a bulldog named Sonny that is a rich man's pet. The rich man is a gangster Boss. The men in the gang have to call him "Godfather" and they have to call Sonny "Dogfather." When the Godfather feeds Sonny a meatball from his hand, Sonny accidentally eats the ruby ring off the Godfather's finger along with the meatball. When the Godfather sees the ring is gone, he thinks Sonny has turned against him. Sonny gets scared and runs. The Godfather tells two of his men, "Get Sonny and my ring back dead or alive." And the chase for Sonny is on!
Sonny gets hauled off to the pound, where a boy with a heart problem wants to adopt him. The pound has a lot of cute fluffy little dogs, but the boy wants the big drooling bulldog. The boy really loves Sonny and his mother loves him too, but the boy's father can't seem to get along with him.
My favorite character in Dogfather is the bulldog Sonny. He's a great comedian. He plays goofy jokes on people. The funniest part is when Sonny leaves a surprise in his new owner's shoe. When the father takes Sonny for a walk, Sonny pulls so hard, it's actually the dog walking the man.
Things get super silly when the father tries playing his own tricks. He builds a doghouse for Sonny that looks like a prison. But Sonny ends up sleeping in the father's bed and guess where the father sleeps?
The Italian gangsters chasing Sonny talk with Italian accents and they're not too smart but really funny, even though they're bad guys. They walk around so cool except they are afraid of a tiny puppy. It's silly. Who would be afraid of a puppy?
The Dogfather soundtrack helps make a happy and exciting mood. I found myself smiling and laughing during the whole movie. It's just plain ridiculous and I love a movie that lets me feel like that.
I recommend this film for kids of all ages. I think parents and kids would enjoy watching it together, as long as the grownups don't mind a few poop jokes. Will the two Italian gangsters catch Sonny? Where is the Godfather's ring? Will then father let the little boy keep Sonny the slobbery bulldog as his pet? If you're ready for some good laughs and a brilliant story, get this movie on DVD today!
Credit: Makai Weber Colvin, Age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
A nice messages bout family coming together and sticking with each other. Riddled with stereotypes, the mob boss, the bumbling henchman, the strict dad and lenient mom. No true violence. Kids will enjoy the slapstick humor and the dog is really cute. Definitely a kid's movie! Young children may not know about the mafia, and so some of the characters will be lost on them, but adults will be amused by the characterization of the Godfather in a more humorous and less scary way. You may not appreciate this like a kid will, but you will find it hard not to root for the dog and find gratification as the family learns to appreciate one another and the value of working together.
A family comedy that's a breed apart. Sonny, a mobster's bulldog, swallows his master's precious ring and runs away. With two bird-brained henchmen on his tail, Sonny finds a new home in the suburbs with the Franks family. Twelve-year-old Josh and his mom think Sonny is really cool and super smart, but his stressed-out dad Brian (Chris Parnell, Saturday Night Live), wants to get rid of this "slobbering pooing machine." Brian has a change of heart when Sonny is dognapped and he realizes how much Sonny means to his heartbroken family. Now, it's up to Brian to save Sonny with some unexpected help from Josh and his friends in this riotous adventure in the tradition of Beethoven.
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