Directed by: Pascal Franchot | 95 minutes | drama, thriller | Actors: Britt Robertson, Alexia Fast, Scout Taylor-Compton, Janel Parrish, Emily Tennant, Carly McKillip, Aubrey Mozino, Brett Davern, Jeffrey Ballard, Richard Harmon, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sefton Fincham, Jesse Reid, Sarah-Jane Redmond, Wanda Cannon, Avan Jogia, Valerie Tian, Laura Carswell, Jill Morrison, Julia Maxwell
Some films are very enjoyable without having strong properties. That may sound strange, but it is not. Some movies are so bad they turn out to be good. Other films, on the other hand, can overcome the many flaws by maintaining a fast pace or by presenting you with a sympathetic cast. ‘Triple Dog’ falls under the latter category.
In ‘Triple Dog’ it is about a group of girls who have a pajama party – whether or not by necessity. No parental controls and tense relationships do not bode well. When the rebellious Chapin (Robertson) threatens to shake things up a bit, a planned night of tuition turns into a hectic event. Chapin suggests playing a game of Triple Dog. This reworked version of ‘Truth Or Dare’ has serious consequences. If you cancel an assignment, you will be shaved. The girls invent humiliating tasks for each other and soon the game starts to get out of hand.
The idea behind ‘Triple Dog’ is good. Games that get out of hand often produce cool movies. Director Pascal Franchot has come up with some pretty bizarre scenes and the build-up to the fairly exciting finale has also been thoroughly worked out. Unfortunately, the tone of the film is rather unfortunate. ‘Triple Dog’ presents itself as a teen film, while better direction and script could have been better. Since the characters are all caricatures of stereotypes, you cannot empathize with the characters and the film has a rather childish tone to it. The Christian girl is overly innocent, the rebel is too present, the little girl is too mean and the odd one out too cliché for words. The same goes for the soundtrack full of soft teen pop punk and semi-sensitive songs.
You look at characters and not at people. The exaggerated game doesn’t make it any better. The cast portrays the characters as they appear in the script, but the stereotyping ensures that all form of credibility is lost. In terms of acting, ‘Triple Dog’ fails, but the fresh appearance and charisma of the actresses compensates a lot. It is still fun to watch them. In addition, ‘Triple Dog’ is a film for teens and tweeners, so the choice of the somewhat childish tone is understandable. Young girls will love the message that friendship is forever. What saves this film is the fast pace and the increasingly fierce challenges. What’s going to happen now?
‘Triple Dog’ is a fun movie. If you don’t set too many demands on the teenage acting and caricature depiction of the characters, an entertaining thriller (in an extra light version) awaits you. Don’t expect a movie that will stay with you, but expect 90 minutes to help you relax. And what more could you ask for from this kind of harmless entertainment?