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Firehouse Dog

Firehouse Dog
Score: 7 / 10
Released: April 4, 2007
Director: Todd Holland
Producer: Michael Colleary, Mike Werb
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Bruce Greenwood, Bree Turner, Dash Mihok, Steven Culp, Bill Nunn
Genre: Family
Length: 111 minutes

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Firehouse Dog Overview

Rex, Hollywood's top-grossing canine, is known for his extreme athletic abilities and diva-like demeanor. His perks package, rivaling that of any A-list celebrity, includes Kobe beef, a poodle harem, and a diamond collar. Rexís luck--and Hollywood high life--runs out while shooting a commercial; an aerial stunt goes awry, leading Rexís handlers to presume heís dead. But Rex is merely lost--alone, filthy and unrecognizable in an unfamiliar city. Chased by animal control, he takes refuge in grubby abandoned lofts, a far cry from his former luxurious lifestyle.

Shane Fahey (Josh Hutcherson), a bright but rebellious 12-year-old, has exasperated his father Connor (Bruce Greenwood) for the umpteenth time. A single parent and captain of the rundown inner city fire station known as Dogpatch, Connor is charged with inspiring his sad-sack company, who are still coping with the recent loss of their former captain, Connorís brother. Shane is also troubled by his uncleís death, and heís been acting out by ditching school.

As Connor reprimands Shane for his unruly behavior, Dogpatch gets a call to put out a blaze tearing through the lofts where Rex has been hiding. Trapped on the loftís burning roof, Rex makes a death-defying leap and is rescued by Connor. Once they are safe on the ground, Shane is tasked with finding the muttís owner. The pompous, fastidious Rex and the troubled, messy Shane immediately clash.

Unaware of Rexís true identity, Shane becomes his reluctant new master. But his attitude changes when he discovers Rexís spectacular skills, which the firefighters put to use during rescue calls. Inspired by the dogís talent and courage, Dogpatch makes Rex its mascot. Itís just the boost the company needs--and what Shane and Connor need to help bring them together. But Rexís fame has drawn the attention of his Hollywood handlers who want him back--while father and son face a deadly challenge from an unexpected source.

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