In comparison to many films being released today, this movie is a breath of fresh air. There are some really good issues of substance in this film, including the theme of moving forward following the death of a close loved one. Watch as the dog becomes a close friend and does amazing tricks. Laugh at him as he poses for pictures. See the sacrificial spirit the firefighters display in their goal of saving lives. Rex, a highly trained stunt dog, comes into Shane’s life accidentally and soon his antics and heroism liven up the small local station and infuses a new spirit which had been sadly lacking. Your family will laugh at some of Rex’s behavior, including his talent to make himself right at home with Shane and his father.
We wish to note that Rex does perform some stunts that only a highly trained stunt dog could perform. The film has some intense moments, as there are fires and explosions, so we recommend the film for ages twelve and above. For the mature kids below twelve, some may be able to handle the intense moments, based on parental judgment. This film drew some well-earned laughs at the screening I attended. Relationships grow in this movie and sometimes kids and dogs can be the heroes. “Firehouse Dog” is a movie the family can enjoy, but we warn you – this dog may just steal your heart. This is a wonderfully inspiring family film.