Rescue Dogs – Movie Review

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Rescue Dogs

Starring: Paul Haapaniemi, Jordan Rawlins, Courtney Daniels, Peter Oldring (voice), Fred Tatasciore (voice), Tamara Garfield (voice), Brian Hull (voice)

Directed by: Haik Katsikian

Rated: NR
Run Time: 84 mins
Genre: Comedy/ Family
3.5 out of 5 Frames

By Lisa Minzey

In a Box Office that is dominated by big budget special effects, superheroes, and animated talking animals, opening this weekend is a family film that is a throwback to the late 90’s, early 2000’s live action family films. What makes this film so special is that the animal stars are all rescue pets.

Restaurant Owner Tracy loves his life. He and his canine buddy Charger, run the restaurant, making the perfect team behind the grill. All that is missing from Tracey’s life is a lady love, found by a case of mistaken identity, in the lovely Bridgette (Courtney Daniels). Things seem to be going well until his restaurant comes under threat of a buyout by the E-Vaul Corporation, wanting to tear down all the local properties to build a golf course.

Under the gun with limited resources, the Banker and E-Vual Corp make life unbearable for Tracey. He tries to enlist the help of his brother Harper (Jordan Rawlins), the treasure hunter/ dreamer, but his big heart and small brain get in the way, causing more problems than needed.

Needless to say, Tracey’s love life and business sense are about to collide in a way that will rock his world. Can Charge help save the day with his doggie smarts to save the day?

“Rescue Dogs – The Movie” is one of those films that if you don’t have children of your own, would be a weekend guilty pleasure or a feel good pick me up. Safe for kids of all ages, the comedic balance of the film is the bond between human and animals. Some could argue that animals were the smarter species in this film, but there are a few human characters that have met their match of wits. Combining the smart comedy of the voice actor and animal actor counterparts, this film doesn’t lean too far into corny comedy but makes it for an enjoyable, entertaining time. Voices for the rescue heroes are provided by voice-over actors Peter Oldring and Fred Tatasciore, Tamara Garfield, and viral Youtube star Brian Hull.

If you’re looking to check out a movie that will tickle your funny bone and stars a bunch of furry superheroes, check this film out. The distributors have joined forces with Tugg and are making it possible fundraising for local shelters and animal charities, partnering with 20 animal rescues across the country to host animal adoption events during opening weekend.

You can find the list of screenings here.

Go check it out. “Rescue Dogs – The Movie” opens in theaters starting Friday, April 1, 2016.

Things to Watch For: Funny moments from the animals.

Who Should See this Movie: Animal lovers & kids of all ages

Theater, DVD or VOD: All of the above when available.

About Lisa Minzey

Lisa Minzey is Editor in Chief of The Reel She has written for Phoenix Film Foundation, an online contributor for and is known to write a screenplay or 12. She's worked in Hollywood in various forms, but her first love is writing. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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