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(2003), PG -- ... if you ever wondered why a dog circles his bedding a few times ...
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Jim Henson Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Jim Henson Pictures
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corporation, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation
Director(s): John Robert Hoffman
Producer(s): Stephanie Allain, Bill Bannerman, Kristine Belson, Peg Healey, Lisa Henson
Screen Story: Zeke Richardson (Dogs from Outer Space), John Robert Hoffman
Screenplay: John Robert Hoffman
Cinematography/Camera: James Glennon
Music: Mark Mothersbaugh
Film Editing: Craig Herring
Casting: Deborah Aquila, Mary Tricia Wood
Production Design: Jerry Wanek
Art Direction: John Marcynuk
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Good Boy is Canid 3942 (the vocal dynamics of Matthew Broderick), special emissary from planet Sirius sent to Earth by the Greater Dane (the equally dynamic vocal talents of Vanessa Redgrave) to determine whether the dogs placed here thousands of years ago have kept their orders to dominate the Earth and control the human population.
While dogs may have done a better job than we have, in this paragraph I will sound about as extreme as I ever have. But as Luther said, "My conscience is captive to the Word of God", so is mine and I will suffer the predictions of Luke 6:22 to honor His Word over man's. The concept of dogs as superior or even equal to man is in direct violation of God's Word that clearly directs that He gave us dominion over the animals. [Gen. 1:28] Further, dogs have no souls and there will be no dogs in heaven in spite of the once popular cartoon movie. [Rev. 22:15] So never shall dogs rule man and such a portrayal is contaminating to the youthful development of an understanding His Will, even if we as adults might feel it ridiculous to think so. If you choose to go to see this movie with your kids I ask that you make sure your young ones first understand God's Will regarding dogs.
Upon arrival to Earth Canid 3942 inadvertently became involved with one of the lowly Earthlings called Owen Baker (Liam Aiken). Owen had been working hard for three months to earn a pet dog. After crash landing on the Earth, Canid 3942 tried to communicate with Sirius using his damaged Woofer (what a clever name for a communicator for dogs) and Owen, assuming the dog to be a stray and seeking to make the dog his, became entangled with the rays shooting from the damaged Woofer and was saturated with its rays along with Canid 3942.
After a brief scuffle with some bullies and a dog catcher (Paul Vogt), Owen adopted Canid 3942 and named him "Hubble", a choice name obviously taken from the Hubble scientific telescope that has been piercing the night skies for years. That evening, with Canid 3942 snug in Owen's room, Owen found the rays enabled him to talk with Canid 3942 -- to talk with a dog! Then is when Hubble explained to Owen that he must grade the dogs on Earth to find out how well they had complied with their mission to dominate the human population and report back to the Greater Dane. From there, the antics start.
I was somewhat surprised with Good Boy! I expected it to be another disappointment like Snow Dogs which billed its attraction on talking dogs. But it was definitely an entertainment cut above Snow Dogs. Unfortunately, Good Boy! is also apart from Snow Dogs in that Good Boy! held significantly more crude humor than Snow Dogs. And, as you might expect, most of the crude humor involved animal body exudates and anatomy. [Eph. 5:4] Further, there were several instances of adolescent arrogance toward and defiance of parental authority. [Exod. 20:12; Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20] In Exodus 20:12 our Lord tells us to obey our parents that we may live longer. One of Owen's antics of disobedience nearly cost him his life and possibly the lives of others. And there was the portrayal of the child being so much more mature and worldly than the parent typical of modern "kids shows."
Good Boy! earned a final score (84) just three notches below the CAP scoring range earned by G-rated movies in the comparative baseline database (100 to 87 out of 100) but the extent of arrogance and crude humor caused the movie to earn a significantly low score (33) in the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area, thus the reason for the red CAPCon Alert light. I have "bragged" on this feature before but this movie highlights one of the features of the CAP analysis model: to reveal where any concentration of ignominy, if any, lies. The set of six CAP Thermometers does that very nicely. I may be the engineer of the CAP analysis model but Jesus is the Designer. What else would we expect of His work?
In addition to the quite frequent issues of crude humor, other than a single use of the popular word for flatulence [Eph. 5:4] and two uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive [Deut 5:11], there were no issues of what could be incorporated as foul language. There were no obvious issues of sexual immorality noted at all nor were there any instances of human exposure to intoxicating substances. The dogs were intoxicated with laughing gas, but no humans were. The movie was free of any murder/suicide or mention of them. Even the Greater Dane's henchman - err - henchdog (voice of Cheech Marin) refrained from such threats.
One final note. I think we may be seeing another child star being born in Liam Aiken. He was that good in his vocal delivery as well as most of his expressions and mannerisms. Too bad Aiken's skills had to include demonstration of sinful arrogance and rebellion. I wonder if filmmakers and writers are no longer capable of making a film without such ignominies.
By the way, if you ever wondered why a dog circles his bedding a few times, it is to build a mind fence to keep the bad dreams out of its sleep.
Please consider reading the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide whether to take your tykes to see Good Boy!
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|