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Beautiful, but questionable attitudes
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2021
We watched this on Paramount+. Apart from the issues with Paramount+ on Roku Ultra thinking all TVs are HDR, and thus producing a desaturated picture, the movie is beautiful and generally fun. The kids, 4 and 2, loved it! It was the 2 year old's first intro to Paw Patrol, and he's been enthralled ever since.
My biggest gripe is some of the questionable attitudes, mainly involving the new pup.
One big example of this is at the beginning of the movie. A burly man discards his empty cup on the floor of the subway train. The pup kindly informs him that he dropped his cup. He gruffly replies that he's done with it.
"Maybe you should just pick that up and put it in the trash", she says with a hint of snark.
"Oh, yeah? Or what?", he replies, menacingly.
"Or I'm going to pick *you* up and put *you* in the trash," the tiny pup responds
...At which point the man suddenly acts scared and deferential. He picks up the cup, saying he "wasn't looking for any trouble."
I have to scratch my head and wonder what exactly the writers were thinking. I don't want my kids copping snarky attitudes. I don't want them thinking they can or should boss random people around. I don't want them thinking that the proper response to a threatening bully is to out-threaten and out-bully them.
Overall, though, the movie has some good heart to it, and is worth watching if you have young pup-loving fans.