This time of year I enjoy watching holiday related movies and television shows. There are some I watch faithfully every holiday season, like It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and Jingle All the Way to name a few. In addition to the films we watch every year, we are also open to watching other holiday related entertainment.
Did you know the film’s A Christmas Story and Elf didn’t exactly do well in theaters? These days they are a holiday staple. In fact, channels show the film’s in marathon airings.
I like to give all holiday film’s a chance. You never know when the next holiday classic might come about.
I was recently given the opportunity to review a holiday film, A Doggone Christmas. This film was made for home viewing (it was not shown in theaters).
The film stars Dominique Swain (“Alpha Dog,” “Magik”), Rib Hillis (“General Hospital”), Lauren Parkinson (“Avengers Grimm”), Paul Logan (“Sniper: Special Ops”) and child stars Jolie Ledford, Walker Mintz, Jonathan Tysor, Jayden Hedden and Dilan Patton.
I have not heard of any of these actors before, but that’s OK.
The star of the film is “Just Jesse the Jack” Russell Terrier. Apparently he’s a social media super star. He’s been seen on David Letterman and by millions online. I think I’ve seen him in another film, but for the life of me I can’t remember the name of the film.
In “A Doggone Christmas”, Jesse plays an amazing pup with telepathic abilities who has escaped a government facility and run straight into the loving arms of two young brothers. But the Washington brass won’t give up their secret weapon that easily, and with a no-nonsense special forces agent hot on the trail, the boys and their school buddies must hide the charming canine from helicopters and drones—and their mom and dad, who’ve forbidden them to have a pet. Can these unexpected heroic kids, armed with only their wits, their bikes, and a strong bond with this special dog save the day?
I’m on the fence about this being a Christmas movie. I mean, there are elements of Christmas, but I would not classify this as a Christmas film. Some people think Die Hard is a Christmas film (like my husband), but I don’t. I guess these things are all a matter of opinion. For me there just wasn’t enough Christmassy things to make me consider this a Christmas movie. It’s more so a movie about a special dog and children who are trying to protect him for the “evil scientists” and government officials.
The kids in this film are super cute. They did a wonderful job. I suspect this might be the first film for most – if not all – of them. For “newbies” I applaud them. They did a good job.
The adult actors on the other hand were a bit too “cheesy.” This is meant to be a silly film to begin with. They made this film to be entertaining, not to win an Oscar.
Jesse the dog is super cute. He stole all the scenes he was in. He’s just too cute. I also happen to really like Jack Russell terriers. Our dog is part Rat Terrier. I like Terrier breeds.
Overall I thought the film was cute and entertaining. Adult might roll their eyes a lot throughout the film because there are some really silly scenes and the adult actors are not all that great (the kids are better if you ask me). None the less, this would be a fun Family Movie Night film. I would watch it again if I saw it on television.
I think this film is best suited for little ones. Teens and ‘tweens might think it’s just too juvenile for them.
Doggone Christmas is distributed by Vision Films. Look for the film where ever movie are sold.
Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.