Frank: A Familys Best Friend

DVD Release: August 12, 2008
Frank: A Familys Best Friend


When a dysfunctional family inherits a summer home on an idyllic island, they decide to escape the big city to try and bring their family closer together. As they get settled, a mangy, injured mutt named FRANK wanders into their home. Fearful of a stray pet, the father played by Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) tries to take the dog away to protect his family. However, the children beg to keep FRANK. Seeing that this is the first time his children have united for a cause, he makes a compromise with them to nurse FRANK back to health and then put him up for adoption at the end of the summer. But they soon discover the importance of Frank in their lives and how much love he has brought the family. As FRANK teaches them to be together, he risks his life to save them in ways no one imagined.

Dove Review

This was a typical Family dog movie with sensitive themes including love and pain. There are a lot of heartfelt moments in this film and enough funny moments to keep it interesting. This is a movie that is great for the whole family. The content in this movie is wholesome. The only caution that I would give the viewer is when (Frank) the dog gets hit by a car.

When a fearless boy (Ashton Dierks) goes out searching for a monster he discovers Frank and they instantly hit it off. The whole family wants to keep him except the father and believe me this does not set well with the mother or the kids for that matter. You will enjoy seeing the transformation of this family and the lessons they learn along the way.

As you watch the movie you will be drawn into the plot. Frank attempts to do good deeds for the father (Jon Gries) to get on his good side but then turns around and makes a mistake such as slobbering all over the computer. Overall I believe this is a very loving story with many family values to be seen such as a family sticking together no matter what, and caring for a stray animal. It also illustrates how much hard work you have to put into being an animal owner. Therefore we award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film for all ages.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Boy kisses girl; husband kisses wife.
Language: A couple of crude remarks such as moron and dork.
Violence: Man gets mad at project he is working on; dog gets hit by car (not actually seen).
Drugs: None
Nudity: Girl with short skirt.
Other: Kids lie to parents; man passes gas around wife and children on purpose.


Company: First Look Studios
Director: Douglas Cheney
Producer: Robin Bradford and Curtis Bradford and Manu Gargi
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Dana Langworthy