Call me sentimental, but put a sweet voice with an adorable animal and I’m hooked. So I was smitten to cross paths with a talking terrier who puts his tail in the ring for a wrestling romp that feels a bit like ‘Home Alone’ with dogs or ‘Rocky’ with dog bones. Russell Madness, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Air Bud Entertainment (directed by Air Bud veteran Robert Vince), features the four-legged adventures of Russell the dog, his adopted and adoring family, and the pooch’s wise-cracking coach (who just happens to be a rather sassy monkey).
True, the chance of a canine being adopted by a family who supports its rise to wrestling superstardom is rare, but so is fun family entertainment. Stars John Ratzenberger (‘Toy Story,’ ‘Cars’, ‘Cheers’), Fred Willard (‘Modern Family’) David Milchard (‘Convos with my 2-Year-Old’), Mason Vale Cotton (remember ‘Mad Men’’s little Bobby Draper, and ‘Desperate Housewives’’ adorable M.J. Delfino? This time, the actor’s tackling the role of Max, Russell's devoted boy owner), McKenna Grace (‘Crash and Burn’), and former WWE star John Hennigan don’t seem to be a bit annoyed about being upstaged by outrageously adorable animals in this PG-rated romp.
Watch a clip of 'Russell Madness' and cheer on the toughest terrier you can’t help but love.
Nancy Berk, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author, comic and entertainment analyst. The host of the showbiz podcast Whine At 9, Nancy digs a little deeper as she chats with fascinating celebrities and industry insiders. Her book College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get into a Great College Without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind can be seen in the feature film Admission starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.