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Film / Puppy Swap: Love Unleashed

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Puppy Swap: Love Unleashed is a 2019 romantic family comedy that's basically a dog variant of The Parent Trap. Loving couple Mel and Jessica decide to surprise each other for their anniversary dinner by buying a puppy, unaware that the one they picked up happens to be the twin sister of the other. Three months later, however, the couple breaks up when Jessica accepts a job in Los Angelas and Mel doesn't want to move. A few years later, Jessica comes up with a successful brand and is sent on a publicity tour that includes going back to her hometown, first time she's been there since she moved. While there, the puppies, Haley and Lindsey, happen to come across each other and arrange to get their collars swapped in an attempt to get their owners back together.


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  • And Starring: Margot Kidder as Deliliah Higgins.
  • Big Eater: Haley will take any opportunity to eat. After they are swapped, Mel finds it strange that "Haley" won't eat her usual food, and when he finds Lindsey and Jessica are in town, he figures out that they swapped collars when "Lindsey" appears to be happily eating the food again.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Haylee and Lindsey are twin puppies who happen to be adopted separately (though Delilah tells them she tried to get the first buyer to adopt both), only for it to turn out that each human adopting them is in a relationship with the other and adopted the puppy as a surprise anniversary gift. And when Jessica returns to town, she just happens to drop off Lindsey at Delilah's animal shelter when Mel, now voluntarily helping out Delilah, happens to have Haylee playing at, allowing the two dogs to reunite.
  • Gold Digger: Jessica's boss and fiancé, Powers, clearly likes her more for the money that her product will bring them.
  • Humiliation Conga: Jessica calls off her engagement to Powers, then his servant also quits over how he treats him, his clothes gets messed up, and he has to walk on the road. When Sally Ann drives by, he tries to hitch a ride, while also clearly attracted to her - and she says she can do better than him before driving off.
  • Inspiration Nod: The puppies are named Haley and Lindsey - the names of the lead actresses from the 1961 and 1998 versions of The Parent Trap, which this film is similar to.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Sally Ann is clearly attracted to Mel, and others say Mel should enter a relationship with her, but he's only interested in her as a friend. Both Lindsey and Jessica assume she's his new girlfriend upon seeing her, which he has to explain to Jessica is not the case.
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  • Shout-Out: After other dogs see Lindsey and Haley together, one of them says "this is a Freaky Friday'', before another points out that that's another movie.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: The trailer does not include Powers, aside from his voice announcing Jessica's publicity tour being heard, nor does it include Sally Ann or Powers' assistant who accompanies Jessica on her tour.
  • Skewed Priorities: At the end, Powers has to walk down the road, Sally Ann pulls her car over, he see her and likes what he sees, but she, unaware of his money or business, says she can do better than him before walking off. This is why she drives off, as opposed to the fact that he's a stranger on the road.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Jessica talks on the phone to Powers while in front of Mel and says things to both of them, but they each keep thinking whatever she says to the other is said to them.

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