Russell Madness


A spunky terrier named Russell with serious wrestling chops becomes a sports phenomenon with the help of his coach, a monkey named Hunk.

Year: 2015
Certificate: G
Director: Robert Vince
Starring: David Milchard, John Ratzenberger, Will Sasso, Mason Vale Cotton, John Hennigan, Sean Giambrone, Charles Robinson, Mckenna Grace, Kate Reinders, Fred Willard

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Reviewer:  OM / boy / 9yr

Why did you want to watch the film?
Because I like wrestling and I thought it would be funny because there’s a dog that wrestles.

What was it about? (may contain spoilers)
It was about this dog that couldn’t get adopted because he kept peeing on everyone. Then he found this monkey at a theatre who taught him to wrestle because the theatre had a wrestling ring. Then he had to fight this wrestler that looked like a prisoner and he could break a brick and the dog ended up becoming famous.

Did you like it?
Yes, I loved it, it was funny.

Which part did you like the best?
Where he kept peeing on everyone.

Which part did you like the least?
When the man almost pinned him by cheating.

Would you want to watch it again and why?
Yes, I’d love to watch it again because its very funny and interesting and has a dog that wrestles.

Parent’s notes:
A film about a wrestling dog is never going to be a serious film so take that into account before you watch it! It’s silly at times and the effects aren’t great; but it’s a low-budget kids film that went straight to Netflix at launch. To be fair, it’s not actually that bad – it’s quite child-friendly (the wrestling matches themselves don’t show realistic violence and you can tell it’s comedic) and had my two laughing numerous times – usually when Russell, the dog, peed on people. Depending on your thoughts on slapstick/comedy-fighting and seeing people get peed on by a dog, it may be more suitable for age 8+. It does, however, have a pleasant overall message about the importance of honesty and sticking together as a family. You could do much worse!

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