Moving into his late grandfather’s house, young Jack inherits the old man’s dog, Skipper (Norm MacDonald) – who can talk! With the sassy pooch’s help, Jack learns that Grandpa left a priceless Spanish treasure hidden somewhere in the town.
Jack (Valin Shinyei) and his mom travel home to take care of grandpa’s house and things after he passes away. Among the many piles of junk that they inherit from Jack’s grandpa, they also become the brand new owners of a dog, Skipper (Norm MacDonald)…who shares his thoughts aloud, but no one hears him talk. Jack’s mom decides that they will move into the house and out of their tiny apartment in the city, but she soon discovers that they may get evicted from their new home. Evidently, the town has some serious infrastructure issues and everyone may eventually be forced to move. Meanwhile, two goons with German accents are trying to break into grandpa’s old house, supposedly hunting for a treasure.
At first, Jack is angry about moving to this dinky, small town, but the dog proves to be instrumental in helping him find his gang when the dog helps him discover a videotape and a key in a wooden box behind a false wall. Jack, the dog, and two of the other neighborhood kids, Twyla (Kenzie O’Day) and Fred (Ryan James Keating), embark on an adventure to find the treasure, racing to beat the goons to the mystery.
Overall, the movie is warm and charming, with a simple small town feel. The goons, however, are the typical dangerous idiots, as in “Home Alone,” and their supposedly German accents sound Russian sometimes, then Bostonian, then New Yorker. But they are idiot goons, so I suppose it’s forgivable that their acting is as lame as their characters.
Turns out that Jack and his mom also have a cat, who has a voice in the story. Plus, a pretty, but mean girl, Jennifer (Helen Colliander) joins the gang. She and Twyla used to be best friends until Jennifer got interested in makeup and being pretty and Twyla became more gothic and outcast. The friends all come together with the help of Skipper to save their friendships and to save Jack’s home and to save the town while thwarting the evil intentions of the goons. The story is heartwarming and is good entertainment for families.
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