When single mom Megan Nolan moves to a new town, she feels guilty for uprooting her ten-year-old daughter Caitlin. Seeing that the little girl’s only friend is a neighbor’s dog, Megan decides to adopt a shelter pet for Caitlin. She immediately regrets her decision when Caitlin gravitates to the biggest, sloppiest dog in the pound, Jake. Megan’s beautiful new home is now in shambles and, as Megan considers returning Jake to the shelter, handsome ballplayer Ben shows up claiming Jake is his dog, the regrettable outcome of his roommate leaving a gate open. Megan and Ben butt heads. Ben wants to take his dog and leave, until he sees that Caitlin loves Jake as much as he ever could. Now it is clear: the pound puppy everyone loves deserves no less than joint custody.


“Puppy Love” is a film about a mother using a canine companion to win back her daughter’s love. She uses the dog to find love for herself, the kid is kept at a secondary stance. It’s beautiful to see real people portrayed onscreen as the shallow manipulators of the modern world. Plus, it’s Candace Cameron. It’s very nice to see that Stephanie Tanner is not the only member of the Tanner Clan slumming into Kimmy Gibler levels of pathetic ethos.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is strong with a supportive transfer and a Dolby audio track. The Dolby track doesn’t get much back channel action outside of the few major crowd scenes. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.


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