The lovely people at Lionsgate recently sent me a huge stash of DVDs to review so we're making Sundays into a regular family movie afternoon as we work our way through them. First up was Cupid Dog, which is due to be released next week (on 4th February), just in time for Valentine's Day.
The title tells you everything you need to know - this film features romance and a dog ! Sounds like an unlikely pairing ? Well, yes, it is - but if you can get past the suspension of disbelief, it's actually quite a nice family movie that the kids will love and the parents will smile beningly through.
The basic storyline is that Gabe, the Cupid dog of the title, is not at all happy that his master Eric is all set to head off across the Atlantic to a new job in London, leaving him facing six months in quarantine with all the nasty, scary doggie-hoodlums. Being inspired by a TV dating show, he decides to put a plan in action to get Eric to fall in love with his pretty neighbour Sara so that he'll give up his plans to move to London. As the saying goes, "the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray", and the same is true for dogs, so the match-making mongrel has to go all out to succeed in his mission to bring the star-crossed lovers together.
If you're looking for a proper rom-com, you might be slightly disappointed because the human characters take pretty much minor roles. Gabe the cute talking Cupid pooch is very much centre stage and the film frequently reminded me of Marley & Me : The Puppy Years. The Madhouse Mini-testers loved his antics and the whole concept of the dog being the one in control. As a grown-up, you can't help thinking that it's all very implausible and the dialogues are a bit stilted, but it's still a fun movie to share as a family.
If you want a bit of romance on Valentine's Day but know you'll have the kids in tow, it's ideal viewing !
star rating : 4/5
RRP : £9.99