(2021) (Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: A 12-year-old and her uncle must contend with her new red puppy suddenly being the size of a rhino and the attention that brings their way.
Emily Howard (DARBY CAMP) is a 12-year-old who lives in Harlem with her single mom, Maggie (SIENNA GUILLORY), and is the new kid at her school where she must contend with being bullied by her snobby, rich student, Florence (MIA RONN), but has found a friend in another classmate, Owen (IZAAC WANG).
When Maggie has to go away for a few days for work, she reluctantly asks her unreliable, slacker brother, Casey (JACK WHITEHALL), if he can watch Emily. He agrees, but realizes it's probably a bad idea to allow Emily to go to a nearby pet rescue event. Nevertheless, he gives in to his niece's irresistible cute pleading and thus they enter the menagerie tent run by Mr. Bridwell (JOHN CLEESE) who introduces them to a tiny red puppy. Realizing Maggie wouldn't be happy, Casey tells Emily she can't have the dog, but she's later surprised to find it in her backpack.
The next morning, and likely stemming from Bridwell's comment that the pooch -- now named Clifford -- will grow as big as Emily's love for it, the dog is suddenly as big as a rhino. While needing to keep Clifford hidden from the building superintendent, Packard (DAVID ALAN GRIER), Casey, Emily, and Owen take the dog to the vet where it's seen by many there and elsewhere.
That draws the attention of Lyfegrow CEO Tiernan Zac Tiernan (TONY HALE) who wants to feed the world via genetically engineered plants. But with his company's efforts so far proving fruitless, he realizes the answer might lie within Clifford and thus sets out to get his hands on the pup. From that point on, Emily, Casey, Owen, and others do what they can to protect the enormous dog.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Younger ones might, especially if they love dogs and/or the source material.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For impolite humor, thematic elements and mild action.
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