Elisa Donovan and Gary Valentine in The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (2010)

A Dog Alone's Christmas Vacation

Christmas is coming and the Bannister family have decided to get away to Belinda's (Elisa Donovan) mother's luxury cabin at the snowy mountain Keystone resort and Zeus is going with them. Of course it doesn't take Zeus long to cause chaos but then there is more chaos when they find that Belinda's brother, Randy (Casper Van Dien), along with his son and pet poodle Bella are already there. But they aren't the only ones up at the resort as after doing time inept criminals Stewey (Joey Diaz) and Ted (Dean Cain) are out and happen to have headed to the resort and when they spot Zeus things start to get crazy.

So if the first movie, "The Dog Who Saved Christmas", was the canine equivalent of "Home Alone" then the follow up, "The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation" should be the canine version of "Home Alone 2". Well it is sort of as it uses the whole hero from the first movie running in to the bad guys from the first movie again as such we have Zeus having to deal with the incompetent Ted and Stewey up to no good again. But it then draws on the "National Lampoon Vacation" movies as well as we meet Belinda's rowdy brother who has a habit of winding George up.

The thing is that again "The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation" is a movie made with a young, pre-teen audience in mind who probably won't recognize the various story ideas which it uses from other movies, and there are others. It is also the younger audience who are most likely going to find the comedy in this sequel to be funny rather than generic and often groan worthy which frankly is how it comes across for me and I imagine anyone over the age of 18.

What this all boils down to is that "The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation" probably will entertain a young audience and truth be told they won't have to have watched "The Dog Who Saved Christmas" to enjoy it. But whilst fine for a young audience it doesn't offer a great deal for grown ups who find themselves watching this whether out of choice or with children.

Tags: TV Christmas Movies, Dog Movies, Christmas Movies