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Good Boy! | 2003 | PG | - 0.3.3

A boy who's running a neighborhood dog-walking service, happens upon a dog that appears mean. However, after befriending the dog he realizes that his new canine friend is actually an alien agent who's on Earth to gather information which will lead to an invasion from a distant planet. Realizing that all dogs are aliens who decided to stay and become the best friends to humanity, the boy must somehow save them from being shipped back to their home world. With Liam Aiken, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, Brittany Murphy and Kevin Nealon. Directed by John Hoffman. [1:28]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - A boy and a girl hug.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A boy throws stones at a dog. Two boys shove a boy and a girl to the ground and threaten to hit them, and several dogs surround them and snarl aggressively. Two boys tease a boy, and two boys tease a dog. A dog snarls and barks aggressively at other dogs, people, a fire hydrant and a statue of a cat. Dogs chase two boys through streets. A man talks about a dog being euthanized. A boy follows a dog through very dark woods. A dog flies through the sky and crash-lands in a pond, other dogs jump from high places (a window ledge, the back of a chair) trying to fly but just manage to fall hard to the floor. A spacecraft crashes into the ground and smolders -- its passengers appear uninjured. A flash travels across the sky and we hear a loud noise (later we see a crashed spaceship). We see a dog trapped by an animal control person and later see many dogs in cages at the dog pound. People grieve when their dogs disappear. Two boys kidnap a dog and take him to a barbershop threatening to give him a haircut. A dog urinates on a tree, a boy picks up a dog's feces, and a dog flatulates loudly in several scenes. There are many scatological jokes regarding bowel movements, anatomy and flatulence and dogs. A boy comes out of the bathroom after flushing the toilet and a dog says, "I drink out of that bowl."


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LANGUAGE 3 - 4 mild scatological terms, 5 mild anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Dogs inhale a gas from a canister and act as if they're intoxicated.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Friendship, dreams, companionship, goals, dog/human relationships, control, dominance, loyalty, homosexuality, relocation, being homesick, dignity, understanding each other.

MESSAGE - Home isn't where you are, it's who you're with.

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