Those of you who have kids or younger siblings, or nieces and nephews are probably already familiar with the popular children s television series PAW Patrol, which centers on the adventures of a young boy named Ryder and his team of emergency rescue dogs. Well, now there s a movie for it, aptly titled PAW Patrol: The Movie, and frankly, we re a little surprised it took eight years for that to happen. In any case, if you need to keep the little ones entertained for an hour and half, this first film adaptation of the cartoon follows the PAW Patrol s efforts to stem the chaos that erupts when Mayor Humdinger takes over Adventure City. If that sounds about as standard as a children s movie plot can get, you may be surprised to learn that most of the critics who have seen it so far say it s actually surprisingly delightful. Sure, it s fairly straightforward in its messaging and there are moments when it s crystal clear who its target audience is, but it s also strangely refreshing to see kids entertainment this earnest and joyful. Catch this one in theaters or on Paramount+.