First off, I have to say that my kids love this film. But they are eight years old and easily pleased. Secondly, the pup voice overs are sweet and the pups are gorgeous of course. Thirdly, the plot and pacing are no more annoying than any other buddy movie and really the Christmas spirit cheer theme is very...heartwarming. So usually all those points would get this film three stars at least
What gets this film a two star review on my part is the fact that as soon as the humans open their mouths, the film goes straight down hill. Christopher Lloyd did a good boo/hiss villain but Santa (the bloke who played Norm in Cheers) is particularly dire: being out acted by a golden retriever must be a career low for any actor. I couldn't watch him, it made me feel so sorry for the man.
So get this if you can get it really cheaply and your kids don't mind watching DVDs on their own 'cos you will not be able to stomach this, really you wont.