Firehouse Dog

1 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

1 out of 5 stars

This lame family comedy follows the adventures of Rex, a showbiz canine thrust into obscurity when an aerial stunt goes wrong. Lest we don’t quite grasp the extent of Rex’s pamperedness, we’re enlightened via frequent mentions of the pooch’s hairpiece. Rex winds up incognito in an unfamiliar city, taking up residence with troubled tween Shane (Hutcherson), and becoming the heroic mascot at the station of Shane’s firefighter father. We’re forced to endure plenty of scatological gags and treacly exchanges between Shane and his distant dad as the film imparts an obvious message about the frivolity of stardom. (Now playing; Click here for venues.) — Erin Clements



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