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Good Boy! (2003)



Critic Consensus: Good Boy! should appeal to kids. Adults, however, might consider it a dog.

Movie Info

For his debut feature, John Hoffman wrote and directed this effects-heavy family film based on the story Dogs from Outer Space by Zeke Richardson. Produced by Jim Henson Productions, Good Boy! presents the idea that dogs are actually an intelligent alien species sent to earth thousands of years ago to spy on humans in preparation for a full-scale invasion and takeover. But when the spies stop reporting back to the home planet, Canid 3942 (voiced by Matthew Broderick) is sent to earth to investigate. Once there, Canid 3942 encounters Owen Baker (Liam Aiken), a young boy who runs a dog-walking service. Owen befriends the space-dog, renaming him Hubble. When it becomes obvious that the dogs of earth have forgotten their mission, Hubble enlists the help of Owen to get them all into shape before The Great Dane arrives to inspect. If they fail, all of earth's dogs will be recalled to their home planet of Sirius. With Kevin Nealon and Molly Shannon as Owen's parents, Good Boy! also features the voice talents of Brittany Murphy, Carl Reiner, Megan Mullally, and Donald Faison.more
Rating: PG (for some mild crude humor)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Zeke Richardson, John Hoffman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 2, 2004
Box Office: $37.6M

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Liam Aiken
as Owen Baker
Molly Shannon
as Mrs. Baker
Kevin Nealon
as Mr. Baker
Brittany Moldowan
as Connie Fleming
Patti Allan
as Ms. Ryan
Delta Burke
as Barbara Ann
Cheech Marin
as The Henchman
Vanessa Redgrave
as The Greater Dane
D. Harlan Cutshall
as Mr. Fleming
Paul Vogt
as Bob the Dogcatcher
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Critic Reviews for Good Boy!

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (35)

Jim Henson Pictures happy meal.

Full Review… | October 14, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

... terrible, terrible movie.

Full Review… | October 13, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A simple but perfectly satisfying little story about a boy who wants to keep his dog.

Full Review… | October 10, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Surprisingly nimble and fun to watch.

Full Review… | October 10, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

No new ground is dug up in Good Boy, but the story is well-paced, sweet and lively, filling a void for very young filmgoers.

Full Review… | October 10, 2003
USA Today
Top Critic

Not particularly imaginative, but not the worst.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Good Boy!


Poor Matthew Broderick. From Ferris Bueller to Inspector a talking space alien dog?!? All I can do is shake my head,,,

Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

I enjoy kids/family films. I enjoy animal films. This film is both of these things, but...I can't say I really enjoyed this one. The acting was poor, the plot was mediocre, the jokes were hackneyed and the message was garbled. Young children may enjoy the sight of talking dogs and their interaction with human beings and one another, but that is all this movie is good for really...a little visual stimulation (and it is hard pressed even there). They employed some great to fair talent to do the voiceovers (The great Carl Reiner, Matthew Broderick all the way to Brittany Murphy), but their performances were kind of boring. The child actor who plays the lead...don't look for him in the future either. Most kids will find this movie quite boring and even most adults will find it bland at best. Do yourself a favor and rent "Spirited Away" and pass on this film.

Dean L

Super Reviewer


Could be so much better but it's not, retarded storyline doesn't appeal to anyone

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

Good Boy! Quotes

Barbara Ann: Up, up, and away!
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)
Wilson the Dog: I believe I can fly!
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)
Nelly: 3, 2, 1... BLAST OFF!
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)
Wilson the Dog: Can I have a cookie?
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)

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