Dog Gone Trouble Parent Guide
In the world of pooch pics, this film runs in the middle of the pack.
Parent Movie Review
Trouble (voiced by Big Sean) is the pampered canine companion to the wealthy and aging Sarah Vanderwhoozie (Betty White). When Sarah passes away suddenly, Trouble’s world is turned upside down as he finds himself on the streets, struggling to take care of himself. With the help of street-smart pit-bull Rousey (Pamela Adlon), and a few other friends along the way, Trouble must evade capture by the animal chaser Thurman Sanchez (Wilmer Valderrama) while searching for a new place to call home.
I’ve seen a surprising number of pooch pics for kids since I started working for Parent Previews. Who knew this was such a popular genre for small studios? Having seen so many, I feel like I am qualified to say that Dog Gone Trouble is a middle of the pack production. It’s fine. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen but it’s also not great. I suspect that I will have completely forgotten about it tomorrow, and my life will continue on unaffected.
On the positive side, the voice acting is well done. There are a shocking number of relatively big names on the cast, and they live up to their billing. There are a few humorous surprises, including Cesar Millan and Jason Mraz playing themselves, and Snoop Dogg voicing a rapping Doberman. The story itself is generic and predictable, but it’s sweet and it gets its points across. The messages of the film are not terribly strong, but there are themes of selflessness, found family, and positivity in the script if you’re willing to dig for them.
On the negative side, there are waaaayyy too many characters in this movie, which gets overwhelming, especially towards the end. A few of the dogs could have been cut completely and it wouldn’t have changed anything about the story. Also on overload are the film’s excessive number of poop, pee, and butt jokes. I’m ok with a butt-sniffing gag or two, since that’s the obvious joke with dogs, but the writers veer way too far into potty humor. There’s a running gag with a group of squirrels who make neverending “nut” double entendres which get old really fast. Then the production throws in standard slapstick violence, but no more than you’d see in most media aimed at kids.
Overall, when it comes to the world of pooch pictures, this is no purebred. Mind you, it’s not a rabid stray either. Dog Gone Trouble is the movie equivalent of a poorly trained mongrel – it’s kind of cute but its bad habits need to be replaced with more prosocial behaviors.Directed by Kevin Johnson. Starring Big Sean, Pamela Adlon, Lucy Hale. Running time: 87 minutes. Theatrical release May 28, 2021. Updated May 28, 2021
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Dog Gone Trouble
Rating & Content Info
Why is Dog Gone Trouble rated TV-PG? Dog Gone Trouble is rated TV-PG by the MPAA
Violence: General slap stick violence throughout, including kicking, biting, smacking, and punching, amongst both human and animal characters. A man talks about killing a dog multiple times.
Sexual Content: A dog is seen humping a man’s leg and then briefly humps a chew toy.
Profanity: Some mild insults including stupid, idiot, and dumb. One use of a term of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None.
Page last updated May 28, 2021
Dog Gone Trouble Parents' Guide
What are Claire and Norbert’s motivations for being Trouble’s owners? Why does he choose to live with Zoe instead?
Why does Rousey not trust humans? How does she overcome her distrust and see that she was wrong about all people? Do we sometimes make generalizations about groups based on our own experiences?
This movie was likely inspired by the real life fortune of Trouble, a Maltese who inherited millions of dollars from her owner, the heiress Leona Helmsley. That story can be read here.
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If you little ones can’t get enough of animated dog movies, there’s lots to choose from. The Secret Life of Pets and its sequel both have heartwarming doggy adventures. Mr. Peabody and Sherman sends a dog on a time travel adventure. 101 Dalmatians sees scores of spotted canines on the run from an evil villainess who wants to turn them into dog skin coats. Lady and the Tramp features a romance between a cossetted lap dog and a canny mutt. Based on a true story, Sgt Stubby follows a brave mongrel into the trenches of World War I, where he becomes the first dog to receive the rank of sergeant. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit sees Gromit the dog assisting his feckless human owner in his pest control business.