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Starring: Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, Kenan Thompson, Paul Rodriguez, Tony Hale, Russell Peters, Rosie Perez, John Cleese, David Alan Grier
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Live-action animation comedy directed by Walt Becker. Clifford The Big Red Dog (2021) follows middle schooler Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp), who discovers a small red puppy that is destined to become her best friend from a magical animal rescuer. When Clifford becomes a gigantic red dog in her small apartment and attracts the attention of a genetics company who wish to supersize animals, Emily and her clueless Uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) have to fight the forces of greed as they go on the run across New York City. Along the way, Clifford affects the lives of everyone around him and teaches Emily and her uncle the true meaning of acceptance and unconditional love.
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Bridwell: This is a story that takes place on an island full of wonder. The story of two lost souls searching for one another, although they don’t know that yet. Because, you see, no matter how alone, or out of place one feels, magic is all around us, if you just know where to look.
Maggie: How was your day, sweetheart?
Emily: Somewhere between abysmal and atrocious.
Maggie: Those are two beautiful words, which you probably wouldn’t use if you didn’t go to such a good school.
Emily: Great. I’ll have an epic vocabulary to use in my upcoming decades of therapy.
Maggie: You know, people who are unique, they’re the ones that change the world.
Emily: Great. I’ll tell Florence that.
Maggie: Just let me call her mother. We can have them over here, and we can all talk about it.
Emily: My gosh, were you ever a child?
Maggie: You know, you just have to learn to stand up for yourself.
Emily: Well, I guess I’m just not as brave as you. I don’t want to stand out.
Emily: Well, who’s going to stay with me?
Maggie: I’ll get a lovely sitter. Yeah?
Emily: Just not Uncle Casey.
Maggie: Are you kidding? Uncle Casey? Who thinks that green M&M’s are vegetables?
Alonso: Two years ago, genius here cuts his hand off with a meat slicer. Now he’s a tofu-eating vegan.
Raul: It was a sign.
Bridwell: [to Clifford] Now, just because you’re lost, it doesn’t mean that you’re any less of a treasure. You understand?
Bridwell: [as Clifford barks] Oh, standing up for yourself, are you?
Maggie: Emily has to be at school by 7:45.
Casey: In the morning? What are they, farmers?
Casey: So, what are we doing? “Get a little crew together? Hit up the club?” Isn’t that what you young people say?
Emily: We don’t say that. Ever.
Casey: “Get lit?”
Emily: Please stop.
Casey: Where’s your sense of humor?
Emily: I lost it. On the subway.
Casey: I lost you one time. Okay, twice if you count Atlantic City. But I won you back!
Casey: Hey, you want to get a coffee?
Emily: I’m twelve. I’m not allowed to drink coffee.
Casey: Red Bull?
Casey: Being a kid sucks.
Emily: Oh, my gosh. Look, there’s an animal rescue tent! Can we go in? Please?
Casey: My instinct is, “Sure.” So we probably shouldn’t? But how could I say no to that little face with those cheeks, and the missing tooth? I just want to dust you in sugar.
Emily: Uncle Casey, there’s a sloth!
Casey: Oh. Hey. My spirit animal.
Bridwell: Bridwell’s the name, and welcome to my Tentus Animalus Rescuus.
Emily: Is that Latin for “Animal Rescue Tent”?
Bridwell: No, it’s just regular words with “us” on the end. Makes me sound smartus.
Bridwell: The thing about animals is that the best time to find them is when you’re not looking for them.
Emily: Is that a baby giraffe?
Bridwell: Or a long-necked hyena. I can’t be sure till I tell it a joke. Giraffes have no sense of humor.
Emily: [upon seeing Clifford] My goodness. You’re just the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Look at you. Aw. I got you. Oh, he’s so cute. And so tiny.
Casey: And so red.
Emily: I love that he’s red.
Emily: Mr. Bridwell, how big is he going to get?
Bridwell: Well, that depends, doesn’t it?
Emily: On what?
Bridwell: On how much you love him.
Casey: I’m sorry. I’m new, responsible Casey now, and letting you get a little radioactive micro-dog is not responsible.
Casey: Well, thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to crush my niece’s dreams. I always wondered what it felt like to be the bad guy.
Bridwell: My pleasure.
Owen: I think it’s awesome that you actually did the work. Really makes you stand out around here.
Emily: It was one of the last things I was hoping to do, but thank you.
Owen: Well, if it makes you feel any better, I collected cans too.
Emily: Really? Where are they?
Owen: My dad threw them away. Said I looked like an Asian Oliver Twist.
Emily: [referring to Clifford] I swear, he just showed up.
Casey: Oh, it just “showed up”, huh?
Emily: What is that? What are you doing?
Casey: Air quotes. It’s a thing that grown-ups do when they say something that they don’t mean.
Casey: I’m not going to fall for your little girl powers. Oh! Okay, one night. And then, first thing in the morning, he is going back to that weird old man that we met in the animal tent. Saying that out loud makes us going in there seem like such a poor choice.
Emily: [to Clifford] I wish you were big and strong, and the world couldn’t hurt us.
Emily: Oh, my gosh, I’m not dreaming. This is real. Clifford, it’s really you. How did this happen? How are you so huge? I mean, it’s crazy, but it’s great. I did wish for you to be big, but I didn’t mean big on the outside. I meant like mentally big.
Casey: Run! Come on. We got to get out of here! There’s a monster in the apartment!
Emily: Casey, this is the dog.
Casey: Uncles and children first!
Emily: I think something happened to him.
Casey: You think?
Emily: He’s the same dog he was last night, he’s just a little bit bigger.
Casey: “A little bit bigger.” It is the size of a hippopotamus.