Top 10: Movies That Opened in January

8. “Teacher’s Pet”

Released: January 16, 2004

While “Taken” might be one of the highest grossing wide releases in January history, “Teacher’s Pet” might be one of the lowest. The adaptation of a not-so-popular Disney channel show is much more winning than one would expect. The film takes the classic story of “Pinocchio” and applies it to a dog named Spot (Nathan Lane) who has been masquerading as a fourth grade student. When his owner/teacher is invited to a conference conveniently near a mad scientist’s office, Spot seizes the opportunity to be truly made a real boy. It’s a charming fable with more wit and humor than one would expect. The animation, which looks like creatures from Cranium come to life, is fun and colorful. It’s a quick trip and a fun ride. It’s sad this one got kicked to the curb from its initial release.

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  • Luke McGowan

    Taken was January? Wow

  • Rubén González

    The Silence of the Lambs was also released in January and won the Best Picture Oscar.

    • Reece


      • Rubén González

        Sorry, I was confused. It was only released in New York City in Janaury, and then in the whole country in February. I guess that’s what the author means about “proper release”.

  • David Weidner

    Love City of God, but being a little older than most on the site, I can remember 1990. A one-two punch of John Dahl’s Kill Me Again, and Ron Underwood’s Tremors.