October 10, 2003
If you're anything like me, you have spent countless hours of your life just hoping...wishing...dreaming of the day when some movie magician would tap into the long under-served market of people who want to see movies about alien dogs. And if you are just that sort of person (freak!), have I ever got some great news for you!
That's right, kiddies, the kind bean counters at MGM Studios were kicking around the numbers for Cats and Dogs and Look Who's Talking Now when one of them had an epiphany. I would imagine the conversation went something along the lines of, "If we could combine talking dogs with an alien invasion, I could afford to buy a new Porsche!" Several of the other soulless suits in the office that day had also recently been to car dealerships and a couple of them even had mistresses and alimony suits to take care of, so here we the consumers stand on the brink of Good Boy!'s arrival in theaters.
The film is going to tell the story (stop snickering) of Canid 3942, the top alien dog from the planet of Sirius. His superiors have been planning an invasion of our planet for several millennia, but now that the time has nearly come for the canine Borg-like assault to be unleashed, the agents they have placed on Earth have stopped checking in. It is up to Canid 3942 to come to our planet and research the cause of their radio silence. Alas, when the dog arrives, he is befriended by sweet little Owen, a neighborhood kid who pays for his baseball card and comic book habit by walking dogs. The two of them become the best of friends, and Canid quickly realizes why so many of his fellow Sydney Bristow-ites no longer want to help their former home world conquer Earth.
When Canid 3942 (whom Owen has named Hubble) reports in to his superiors, he's shocked to learn that The Great Dane has made contingency plans to follow him to Earth. It's the big dog's plan to discover why all of his agents have failed to perform their duties. If Hubble is unable to re-train his fellow alien canines enough to make The Great Dane believe they still serve a purpose, all the dogs of Earth will be sent back to Sirius, leaving all of the little Owens of the world without their best friends.
Now, before you judgmental types get all up in arms about what obvious garbage this is going to be, let me point out something. Cats and Dogs made a lot of money. Yes, the film was a special sort of awful and yes, it was clearly made by dog people rather than by those who have some taste in pets (ie cat people). Even so, it bankrolled a film or two you might have liked from the studio so stop glaring at your half-empty glass and wondering where the hell your waitress is. Your kids will love this movie and that's 90 minutes when you don't have to stop them from eating paste. If you don't have kids, it's 90 minutes where you don't have to shake your fist at those lousy neighbor kids and yell at them to get off your lawn. If you don't have kids and you don't have a lawn, I may only assume that you live in a biosphere so you really should have better things to do right now than to be reading about Good Boy! anyway.
Good Boy! is what it is, a family film about talking alien dogs. If that's not for you, there's always Spice Channel. (David Mumpower/BOP)
Comparison films for Good Boy!
|Dr. Dolittle 2
|Cats and Dogs
|See Spot Run
|Homeward Bound 2
|Homeward Bound *
|Babe:Pig in the City