I Heart Shakey is the story of a widower J.T. O’Neil played by Steve Lemme, his ten-year-old daughter played by Rylie Behr and their loyal mutt Shakey. The family moves from Toledo, Ohio to the big city of Chicago, Illinois. When they arrive, they discover that their luxury hi-rise does not accept pets. J.T. must decide what to do, break up the family by giving away their dog, high-tail it back to Toledo and abandon his dream, or figure it all out while keeping the family together. J.T. heads down the wrong path of giving Shakey away initially…but that is when all the fun begins. Although I Heart Shakey is a comedy, at its core it is a story about love, loyalty and family.
This is a film that demonstrates the power of a father’s love for his daughter, Chandler, and family dog, Shakey.
J. T. O’Neil (Steve Lemme) moves with his ten-year-old daughter (played by Rylie Behr) from Toledo to Chicago where he plans to work at his dream job as a chef. However, when they get to their apartment they learn that the tyrannical landlord doesn’t want a dog in the building and she insists that Shakey will have to go. This results in the ensuing adventures as J.T. and Chandler attempt to conceal Shakey in a kennel, the apartment, and even in a box which they carry outside so as to allow him to relieve himself.
This movie includes the positive themes of a father who takes his parental duties seriously and spends time with his daughter doing what he can to ensure her happiness and the safety of Shakey. Due to the content listed below, we are recommending this one for ages twelve plus and suggest that parents watch the movie with their kids and initiate a discussion about family pets and rules which sometimes don’t seem fair. We recommend “I Heart Shakey” especially to pet lovers or anyone who has a rowdy dog in their homes.