Scott Brown
October 09, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Good Boy!

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
88 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/10/03
performer
Liam Aiken, Matthew Broderick, Kevin Nealon, Molly Shannon
director
John Hoffman
distributor
MGM
author
John Hoffman
genre
Kids and Family, Comedy

We gave it a B

Little is asked of talking-animal movies, save charm, heart, and at least one scene where said animal wears a lampshade. Good Boy! has all those things, plus a winning story line: Hubble, a prickly Benji-like alien voiced by Matthew Broderick, lands on Earth and is shocked to see his terrestrial cousins (actually estranged colonists from the Dog Star Sirius) reduced to pets. Assisted by sweet, lonely Owen (Liam Aiken), a kid who learns to speak dog, Hubble prepares the planet’s pooches for the coming of the Greater Dane (Vanessa Redgrave — her coat has never looked glossier). One caveat: ”Boy” contains a canine huffing scene that makes household inhalants seem benign — though it’s oddly suited to a film where Brittany Murphy voices a nervous whippet. Her ticks are priceless.

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