Shaggy Dog, The
PG
Entertainment: +1 1/2
Acceptability: +3

Tim Allen, Kristin Davis, Zena Grey, Spencer Breslin, Robert Downey, Jr., Danny Glover. Family comedy. Directed by Brian Robbins. Written by Jack Amiel, Cormac Wibberly, Michael Begler, Geoff Rodkey.

FILM SYNOPSIS: It all begins when workaholic Deputy D.A. Dave Douglas takes on a case involving an animal laboratory one that will take him away yet again from his wife and kids, who already yearn for his all-too-distracted attention. But when Dave is accidentally infected with a top-secret, genetic-mutation serum, everything he thought he knew about being himself and his family changes. With his newly perked-up ears, and his front-row seat on the household carpet, Dave is able to gain a new perspective into his familys secrets and dreams. Now, he wants nothing more than to stop fetching and retun to fathering only first hell have to stop the evil forces behind the serum.

PREVIEW REVIEW: I will refrain from calling this a real bow-wow or a dog of a movie. Indeed, I will withhold any critical analysis for if ever there was a film not made for critics, this be the one. The Shaggy Dog was made for people looking for a story about a man disconnected from his family until he turns into a dog and learns life lessons. It is a film that will generate some laughs from those weary of the days burdens, people who seek neither thought stimulation nor originality.

A man and his wife had dutifully brought their little boy to the screening. Within minutes, I noticed that the loving father had fallen asleep. The seats were comfortable and Tim Allens droning narration, seemingly coming from his canine alter ego, had lulled the man into lullaby land. Perhaps he was dreaming of the 1959 original with Fred MacMurray, or the 1976 sequel, The Shaggy DA, with Dean Jones, or the 1987 TV sequel, The Return of the Shaggy Dog, or maybe the1994 TV remake. I didnt bother to ask on my way out.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Summary
Crude Language: None, however, the film contains several dogs smelling butts jokes, but the filmmaker refrains from being too graphic.
Obscene Language: None.
Profanity: None.
Violence: The covert action at the beginning of the film where ninja-like soldiers steal a dog from a Tibetan monastery may disturb very little ones, but the action quickly lightens up; bad guys are doing lab experiments with the dog; we see a snake with a tail, a dogs head on a frogs body, etc; the baddies threaten to harm the dog and the Tim Allen character; the meanest villain gives an injection to an old man that causes him to go into shock; we never learn of his outcome. Parents should attend with little ones in order to reassure. Blood: A small amount when the dog bites a man.
Sexual Intercourse: A teenage boy tries to kiss a teen girl, but the father/dog prevents it.
Nudity: None.
Homosexual Conduct: None.
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None.
Drug Abuse: The mother has a glass of Champaign in a restaurant.
Other: Monks are seen in prayer, the dog also in the prayer possession; children may question animal/drug experimentation; the film is subtly against such scientific study.
Running Time: 99 minutes
Intended Audience: Families

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