Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Dec 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A family acquires a Saint Bernard puppy, not realizing how big and how much trouble he will be when he grows up.
My Take on it – This is another movie that I have always known about, but just had no desire to take the time to see because I just didn’t think that I’d like it very much.
One of my sons told me a few weeks ago that they started watching this in school one day and that he thought the whole family would enjoy it, so I decided to give it a shot.
Today, all 5 of us were home, so we decided to give it a go.
The kids all enjoyed it, especially the slapstick scenes that work so well.
My wife and I liked the fact that it was basically a fun family film that had layered messages that everyone of all ages can absorb even if they don’t realize it about family duty and responsibility and how a family need to stick together
I especially enjoyed seeing many known actors in smallish roles; Patricia Heaton, David Duchovney, Oliver Platt and Stanley Tucci were all pretty much unknown at the time, but all 4 of them are now familiar faces now.
Add in Dean Jones, Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt and you can’t go wrong for a fun family movie.
This was written by John Hughes, but he chose to use a pseudonym instead. I can’t understand why because it really wasn’t a bad movie.
Bottom Line – Fun family movie that works on numerous levels. The kids will enjoy the slapstick humor and the adults will also enjoy the layered messages. Can’t believe I waited 22 years to finally see this one. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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